Equant (ENT), an international computer networking company that operates a 500-employee facility in Atlanta, today disclosed the signing of its 500th virtual private network customer, Australia-based BHP Billiton.

The deal, terms of which weren’t undisclosed, calls for Equant to be the exclusive supplier for BHP’s global network that covers 127 sites on five continents, adding to Equant’s business centers in 220 countries and territories.

Shares of Equant stock ranged in price from $7.20 to $30 during the last 52 weeks, and recently traded near $10.30. The company’s market capitalization is $3.11 billion.

Equant, a member of the France Telecom Group, generated more than $3 billion in 2001 revenues. The 10,000-employee firm will release its first quarter 2002 earnings on April 29.

Equant Web site: www.equant.com