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MFS TELECOM SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND TELEPHONE TO USE ITS FIBER FACILITIES IN HARTFORD, CONN.

 OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- MFS Telecom, Inc. has entered into an historic agreement with The Southern New England Telephone Company (SNET) (NYSE: SNG) to provide local private line and special access telecommunications services over SNET's fiber optic facilities to business and governmental users in Hartford, Conn. Service to MFS Telecom customers in Hartford is expected to
begin in the first quarter of 1994. MFS Telecom is a subsidiary of MFS Communications


Company, Inc. (MFS) (NASDAQ NMS: MFST).
 Presently, SNET's Hartford network extends 7.5 route miles and serves 23 buildings in downtown Hartford and West Hartford. The network offers both diverse routing and network redundancy to ensure that customers receive highly secure and reliable service.
 "Our agreement with SNET is an historic one, since this is the first time a local exchange carrier has agreed to furnish service on its network to a competitive access provider," said Royce Holland, president of MFS.
 "Because SNET's fiber facilities were engineered to perform at the highest quality level in the industry, MFS Telecom will be able to offer business and government customers in Hartford the high quality level of service available on MFS Telecom's existing networks.
 "Establishing a network in Hartford was a logical move for us, since many of MFS Telecom's financial services customers in New York, Chicago, Boston and London have satellite offices in Hartford," said Holland. "This move is also in keeping with our overall strategic plans to add networks in more than 60 additional markets, domestically and internationally, over the next three to five years."
 "SNET is proud of the quality and attractiveness of its network and pleased to be part of MFS Telecom's efforts to bring its services to the Connecticut market," said Ed Mayhew, vice president of SNET's Interconnection Services Group. "The services provided under the terms of this agreement represent a bold step in network interconnection that will produce long term benefits for MFS Telecom, SNET and their customers," said Mayhew.
 SNET, headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, is the 10th largest telephone company in the country. The company's Interconnection Services Group markets a variety of network, intelligent database, and billing services to interexchange carriers, local exchange carriers and competitive access providers throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
 MFS Telecom, the nation's largest provider of local competitive access services, serves major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. MFS Telecom offers business and government end users high- quality, diverse and secure local private line and special access telecommunications services.
 Hartford will become the 23rd metropolitan area to be served by MFS Telecom. The company has recently announced development of new networks in San Jose-Silicon Valley, Tampa, London and Wilmington, as well as definitive agreements to acquire existing networks in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and St. Louis.
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 /CONTACT: MFS, Claire Fennell, 708-218-7232, or Steve Ingish, 708-218-7316 or SNET, Bill Seekamp, 203-771-2136/
 (MFST SNG)


CO: MFS Communications Company; Southern New England Telephone Company ST: Connecticut, Nebraska IN: TLS SU: CON

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