Warsaw, Poland - April 13, 2000 - Netia Holdings S.A. (Nasdaq: NTIA), the largest alternative provider of fixed-line local telephone services in Poland, today announced the signing of a cooperation agreement with Agora S.A., Poland¿s largest media company and publisher of Poland¿s largest daily Gazeta Wyborcza.
Under the agreement, there will be a link between the home page of Netia¿s Internetia portal (www.internetia.pl
) and Gazeta Wyborcza¿s on-line service (www.wyborcza.pl), Poland¿s third most visited website. The two companies have agreed to promote and market each other¿s website and Internet services.
NETIA HOLDINGS SA is the largest alternative fixed-line telecommunications operator in Poland. In March 2000 Netia won the tender for the Warsaw voice telephony license. Including Warsaw, Netia has 24 licenses for local telecommunications services in territories covering some 15 million people or approximately 40% of the Polish population. The Companys existing local telephone license territories cover five of the country¿s ten largest urban areas including Krakow, Poznan, Gdansk, Lublin, Katowice and several territories surrounding the city of Warsaw. Netia has also secured the benefit of a nationwide data and IP license to provide data transmission and Internet-based services. In March 2000, Netia, under its 100% owned subsidiary, Internetia, launched a free Internet access package as well as it¿s new Internetia portal (www.internetia.pl
AGORA SA, founded in 1989, listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in April 1999 and the company¿s Global Depositary Receipts have been trading on the London Stock Exchange since February 1999. Agora publishes Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland¿s largest daily with a circulation of 560,000 giving it a 43% share in national readership in Poland. Agora¿s share of national advertising rose by 2.6% to 61.7% in 1999. Agora owns Gazeta on-line (www.wyborcza.pl
), Poland¿s third most visited website with 500,000 visits and 3.5 million pageviews in December 1999. In January 2000, Agora announced its Internet strategy that involves the development of a multi-function Internet portal.