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IDB AND PRIVATE SOMALI TELECOM COS. ANNOUNCE INTERNATIONAL TELEPHONE SERVICE FOR SOMALILAND AND NORTH EAST SOMALIA

 NEW YORK and ADDIS ABABA, Somalia, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- IDB Communications Group Inc. (NASDAQ: IDBX) announced today at the United Nations conference on the rehabilitation of Somalia that the company's systems integration unit, IDB SYSTEMS, and its international long distance telephone unit, IDB WORLDCOM, had agreed to provide international satellite earth stations and international telephone service to two private Somali telecommunications companies. The Somali companies are SOMALILAND TELECOM CORP. and NORTH EAST TELECOM CORP. The earth stations will be shipped by IDB SYSTEMS before the end of December to Hargeysa, Somaliland, and Bosasso, Somalia, and installed in early January 1994. Global telephone and fax service will be provided by IDB WORLDCOM beginning in the latter half of January 1994.
 IDB SYSTEMS installed its first earth station in Somalia in November 1992, for UNOSOM-I. This station is owned by the UN and operated by its staff and has provided continuous communications since then. IDB has since provided six more earth stations for the United States and other governments participating in UNITAF and UNOSOM-II.
 "This project demonstrates the responsiveness of IDB to customers' needs and the ability of IDB Communications Group to provide the complete package of equipment and services needed to establish new international telephone companies," said John Ahrens, vice president of sales and marketing for IDB SYSTEMS.
 The project will be using specially configured 3.8-meter digital earth stations which are compliant with Intelsat Standard G for international earth stations. The earth stations will be linked to IDB WORLDCOM's international gateway switch in New York over the Statsionar 11 satellite of the Russian Satellite Communications Corp.
 IDB WORLDCOM uses a diverse network of fiber optic submarine cables and satellite transmission facilities to provide public switched voice traffic throughout the world. IDB will be the exclusive provider of public switched telephone traffic to SOMALILAND TELECOM CORP. and NORTH EAST TELECOM CORP. Interconnection with other domestic or international carriers with these companies will be provided by IDB via transit agreements. IDB WORLDCOM's current annualized run-rate of international long distance traffic is at 244 million minutes, up 113 percent over the annualized run-rate of minutes posted at the same time last year.
 Mike Sauer, vice president for international relations of IDB WORLDCOM, said, "IDB is pleased to assist in the provision of essential telecommunications infrastructure for the rebuilding of Somaliland and Somalia. We expect the service in Hargeysa and Bosasso and the surrounding areas to be far superior to what existed before the war in Somalia. This is one example of IDB's willingness to work with local businessmen and governments to bring the benefits of modern telecommunications to areas and people who have been left unserved by traditional carriers."
 SOMALILAND TELECOM CORP. and NORTH EAST TELECOM CORP. are private Somali companies owned and controlled by groups of Somali businessmen from each of the areas served. They have permission from the respective local governments for the proposed service and have kept the Untied Nations informed about the project as it has developed. The rates planned for telephone calls will be comparable to neighboring countries. The major objectives for service quality are for call completion rates to be as good as the top five countries in Africa and for telephones to be available for new subscribers within a maximum of three months of the customers' order. Both companies are making a special effort to establish collect calling to all the countries with large numbers of expatriate Somalis to help reunite families and to facilitate reinvestment in and rebuilding of Somalia and Somaliland.
 Each company plans to expand service within its region and to work with other regions of Somalia to establish companies to serve all major towns. The companies are following the recommendations of the World Bank in their paper "Telecommunications: World Bank Experience and Strategy" and the Cairo Conference of the Arab State members of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in developing private and competitive telecommunications in Somalia. Neither company has requested an exclusive license in its region. The companies are considering HF radio call services, cellular telephones, terrestrial microwave and international data networks to expand their services. A special emphasis is being placed on serving the needs of Somali and international NGOs working on rehabilitation by providing them low-cost access to the InterNet for electronic mail and database inquiries.
 INTERGLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS INC. (ICI), a privately held U.S. corporation and a sister company of MIMS COMMUNICATIONS INC. (410-521-6300), will be providing the local switch and wiring for each company. ICI and Edmund Resor, a U.S. telecommunications consultant, have purchased minority interests in each Somali company.
 IDB Communications Group Inc. is a global telecommunications company that operates a domestic and international communications network providing its customers with radio and television transmission services, international private line and long distance telephone services, facsimile and data connections, mobile satellite communications capabilities and the design and integration of satellite networks worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Kim Dewling of IDB WORLDCOM, 212-478-6185; or Edmund Resor, consultant, 251-1-518-400 or 212-873-5464; or Doug Sherk or Scott Smith of Morgen-Walke, 415-296-7383, for IDB WORLDCOM/
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