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MCI INTERCONNECTS VNET VNC SERVICE WITH KOREA TELECOM

 RYE BROOK, N.Y. Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI International, in cooperation with Korea Telecom, today initiated virtual private network service between MCI and Korea Telecom. MCI's Vnet VNC (Virtual Network Connection) service interconnects with Korea Telecom's KT-IVPN service and will provide two-way virtual networking with extended Vnet functionality.
 MCI's Vnet VNC service supports voice, facsimile and data. It also handles customized routing and access, internal dialing plans and on-net and off-net calls, while providing many of the features of a private network at the cost of a switched service.
 "The interconnection of MCI's Vnet VNC product with Korea Telecom and other carriers provides business customers with the communications tools to become even more competitive in today's global marketplace," said Seth Blumenfeld, president of MCI International. "Vnet VNC will now offer multinational companies in Korea and around the world a reliable, cost-effective way to stay connected around the world, while providing the combined benefits of a switched service and private network."
 MCI has been providing networking services throughout the Far East and recently announced several alliances in other parts of the world to enhance the ability of international businesses to communicate around the globe.
 The interconnection with Korea Telecom brings MCI's total international VNC interconnections to 19. MCI also has pending arrangements with a number of other countries. First offered in 1985, MCI's Vnet is used by Fortune 500 corporations as well as government institutions. MCI was the first carrier to connect BT's International FeatureNet service in November 1990.
 In addition to Korea Telecom, MCI currently offers Vnet VNC service with BT, Telstra Australia, Canada's Unitel, Japan's KDD, Belgacom, Italcable, PTT Telecom Netherlands, Singapore Telecom, France Telecom, Mercury (U.K.), Hong Kong Telecom, IDC Japan, Embratel Brazil, ITJ Japan, Norwegian Telecom and Telia Sweden. Vnet VNC service is also offered with Stentor through MCI's alliance in Canada. Discussions continue between MCI and other major telecommunications administrations throughout the world.
 Korea Telecom provides local, toll and international telecommunication services in Korea. In 1992, its revenue amounted to more then US$6 billion. The total number of telephone lines is 18.5 million as of the end of 1992, 5 million of which are handled by the TDX switch, made in Korea. Ideals of Korea Telecom are "Harmony of Information, Telecommunications and Human Being."
 MCI, headquartered in Washington, D.C., offers a full range of domestic and global telecommunications services through one of the world's largest state-of-the-art networks. With 1992 revenue of more than $10 billion, the company is the second largest long-distance provider in the United States and has more than 67 offices in 55 countries and places.
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 /CONTACT: Paul Charles, 914-933-7167, or Alan Garratt, 914-934-6484, both of MCI/


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