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SBC LAUNCHES MULTI-SERVICE OPTICAL NETWORKING SOLUTIONS.

SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE:SBC) has launched Multi-Service Optical Networking solutions that will provide businesses with an efficient and scalable way to connect mainframes, data centers and storage networks within a metropolitan area.

These new offerings, available through SBC's subsidiaries' -- SBC Southwestern Bell, SBC Ameritech, SBC Pacific Bell, SBC Nevada Bell and SBC SNET, greatly enhance SBC's optical networking and Data CPE product portfolio. Customers now can benefit from an SBC managed service that delivers a dedicated, high-speed optical network utilizing dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) to create protocol independent high bandwidth optical connectivity.

Multi-Service Optical Networking (MON) enables customers to interconnect client data centers and business sites in a highly reliable, secure metropolitan area network. This service is also ideal for mirroring data and transmitting large quantities of information at high speeds while allowing customers uninterrupted access to their business operations.

MON is a dedicated point-to-point network solution transmitting data at speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps per wave length. It can support up to 160 Gbps of unprotected traffic or 80 Gbps of protected traffic on the fiber. This high-bandwidth optical network is enabled by DWDM, which makes it possible for many data streams to travel over the same pair of fiber by utilizing different colors of light.

MON and the Optical CPE offering support a range of transport protocols including ESCON, FICON, ETR, ISC, Fibre Channel, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, SONET and D1 video. The transport protocols are delivered in their native format, eliminating the need for a costly translation process to enable cross platform interoperability.

"Information is the life blood of an enterprise. To assure that none of that valuable data is lost in an outage, they must mirror the contents and computing power of their mainframes and storage area networks," said Mike Reddout, vice president, data networking, SBC. "High-bandwidth native protocol connections make that task more efficient and cost effective."

"Optical networking architectures are continuing to make tremendous strides in the metropolitan arena," said Nick Maynard, research analyst, the Yankee Group. "The flexibility and the cost efficiency of SBC's MON service addresses a critical enterprise need and will help accelerate the build out of optical technologies in the metro market."

Throughout their evolution, enterprise customers have called upon key integrators and equipment suppliers to provide the infrastructure and expertise required to support their applications. SBC has been the company of choice for many enterprise customers around the continent to provide the network transport, network integration services and equipment needed to support these applications. In collaboration with Nortel Networks, SBC is now able to provide their customers the next generation high-speed data networks that they are demanding to support their bandwidth intensive applications.

Both the SBC MON service and the Data CPE product offering utilizes the Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5200 Multiservice Platform. The Data CPE product also incorporates the Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 3000 Next Generation SONET Platform for customers who require both optical and electrical interfaces.

SBC Communications Inc. is a global communications provider. Through its subsidiaries' trusted brands -- SBC Southwestern Bell, SBC Ameritech, SBC Pacific Bell, SBC Nevada Bell and SBC SNET -- and world-class network, SBC companies provide a full range of voice, data, networking and e-business services, including local and long- distance, high-speed Internet access and data transport, network integration, software and process integration, Web site and application hosting, e-marketplace development, paging and messaging, as well as directory advertising and publishing. A provider of high-speed DSL Internet service, SBC companies currently have 61.3 million access lines nationwide. SBC has a 60 percent equity interest in Cingular Wireless, its joint venture with BellSouth, which serves more than 20 million wireless customers. Internationally, SBC has telecommunications investments in 28 countries and has annual revenues that rank it among the largest Fortune 500 companies.

SBC Communications can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sbc.com.

For more information, call 214/665-1313.
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