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DATUM RECEIVES MULTIMILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT FROM MCI

 ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Datum Inc. (NASDAQ: DATM) today announced it has received a multimillion dollar contract from MCI Communications Corp. to provide a variety of equipment over several years for MCI's long-distance telephone network.
 Louis B. Horwitz, Datum's chairman and president, said the company's Austron Inc. subsidiary, based in Austin, Texas, will provide MCI with intelligent network synchronization, distribution and monitoring equipment. He said delivery of the first equipment has already begun.
 "The contract represents a significant step in Datum's overall strategy of greater penetration into the telecommunications market. In the last two years, our domestic and international sales to the telecommunications industry have grown nicely. We expect to work closely with major telecommunications companies, such as MCI, to further expand our presence in this rapidly expanding market. Datum currently provides MCI with a variety of products for all of its switching centers and represents an integral part of the existing network management system," said Horwitz.
 Commenting on the agreement, Scott Henderson, MCI's program manager, stated, "After a rigorous evaluation of available equipment, MCI selected Datum's Austron subsidiary for its technically advanced products and its willingness to work closely with MCI on the development of network management protocol. Datum's products provide MCI with a high precision platform for advanced services such as synchronous optical networks (SONET), allowing for greater bandwidth on demand and lower operating costs."
 Datum Inc. designs and manufactures precision frequency products and timing instrumentation for demanding applications such as telecommunications networks, NAVSTAR satellites, aircraft test data annotation, computer network synchronization, computer-implemented point-of-sale processing, electronic banking operations and oil exploration.
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 /CONTACT: Louis B. Horwitz, Datum Inc., 714-533-6333; or Roger S. Pondel or Gary S. Maier, Pondel Parsons & Wilkinson, 310-207-9300/
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