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Cincinnati Bell Enters Data Center and Managed Services Agreement With The Kroger Co.


CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 28, 2008--Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE: CBB) today announced that it has reached an agreement with The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) to supply managed data center services to the retailer through CBTS, a wholly owned division of Cincinnati Bell.

CBTS is a business technology solutions provider, offering solutions around a wide range of information technology (IT) and telephone services, managed infrastructure services, data center services, and IT staff augmentation services.

"As companies strive to efficiently manage increasing amounts of data, Cincinnati Bell and CBTS offer end-to-end solutions that encompass telephone, managed infrastructure, data center, and professional IT services," said John Burns, vice president and general manager of CBTS. "Our latest agreement with Kroger further develops a long-time partnership, which previously included wireline and wireless services, and now expands to data center and related services."

"The quality and scope of the services from CBTS provides Kroger with a good solution for our technology needs. With CBTS, we can focus our resources on serving customers through our nationwide retail network," said Jim Scott, Kroger's chief technology officer.

    Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

    About CBTS

A division of Cincinnati Bell Inc., CBTS combines the data networking capabilities of Cincinnati Bell with next-generation managed services that provide companies with flexible solutions for end-to-end IT deployment. The CBTS business model can help organizations increase productivity and operational efficiency while reducing costs and risks through solutions that focus on business continuance, compliance, security and technology infrastructure. For more information, visit

About Cincinnati Bell Inc.

Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE: CBB) is parent to one of the nation's most-respected and best-performing local exchange and wireless providers with a legacy of unparalleled customer service excellence. With headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Bell provides a wide range of telecommunications products and services to residential and business customers in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. For more information, visit

About The Kroger Co.

Kroger, one of the nation's largest retail grocery chains, is honored to celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2008. The Company's more than 310,000 associates serve customers in 2,487 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banners including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, Fry's, King Soopers, Smith's, Dillons, QFC and City Market. Kroger associates also serve customers in 782 convenience stores, 405 fine jewelry stores and 678 supermarket fuel centers the Company operates. The Company also operates 42 food processing plants in the U.S. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kroger focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, and local schools and grassroots organizations in the communities it serves. For more information about the Company, please visit our web site at

CONTACT: For Cincinnati Bell Inc.
Lisa McLaughlin, 513-368-1860

SOURCE: Cincinnati Bell Inc.