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SPRINT ANNOUNCES A COMMERCIAL DATA INTERNET SERVICE

 SPRINT ANNOUNCES A COMMERCIAL DATA INTERNET SERVICE
 WASHINGTON, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) today


announced commercial availability of SprintLink, the first commercial Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)-based data transmission service offered by a national long distance carrier. SprintLink is a router-based network supporting the TCP/IP protocol suite for data communications.
 SprintLink is part of the company's expanding service to the business, scientific and research communities. It complements Sprint's frame relay and SprintNet (X.25) services for computer and local area network (LAN) interconnection. SprintLink also provides access to the Internet, a group of about 8,000 interconnected data networks in more than 80 countries serving government, academic and research organizations.
 "SprintLink demonstrates the benefits of technological collaboration between government and industry," said Chris Rooney, president, Government Systems Division. "The extension of this new service will generate commercial applications and will help American business and government be more productive and creative."
 SprintLink grew from Sprint's expertise in TCP/IP and international networking. In early 1991, Sprint began providing and managing a network to link the National Science Foundation's U.S. computer communications network (NSFnet) with the French scientific and research network, INRIA, at Sophia-Antipoles in southern France, and the Scandinavian scientific and research network, NORDUNet, in Stockholm, Sweden.
 Sprint has since added to its NSFnet interconnections links to Japan and the United Kingdom. Additional connections are currently planned to South Africa and to numerous Latin American and Caribbean countries.
 In February, Sprint introduced SprintLink to government agencies. Since that introduction, SprintLink has attracted more than a half-dozen major customers.
 During the next year, Sprint plans to add gateways to Sprint's X.25 public data network, SprintNet, to allow SprintNet users to access SprintLink, both nationally and internationally. Sprint will also connect its frame relay service to SprintLink, thus allowing Sprint's frame relay customers access to the global Internet and to enable management of routers connected to Sprint's frame relay in an integrated manner. Sprint plans to offer SprintLink on a dial-up basis.
 SprintLink is accessible via dedicated lines from all of the company's 270-plus domestic points-of-presence. Customers can access the service at speeds ranging from 9.6 kbps to T1 (1.5 mbps). Customers also can maximize use of a T1 line by combining multiple voice and data services, including SprintLink, on that line, a feature available only through Sprint. SprintLink is priced at a flat monthly rate according to port speed for each location.
 Sprint is a member of the board of directors of the Commercial Internet Exchange (CIX) Association, a cooperative effort among public data internetwork (PDI) service providers to promote the fair, open and competitive operations of IP-based networking. Other members include General Atomics, which operates CERFnet; Performance Systems International, Inc., which operates PSINet; and UUNET Technologies, Inc., which operates AlterNET.
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with $8.9 billion in annual revenues and the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network. Its divisions provide global long distance voice, data and video products and services, and local telephone services to more than 4 million subscriber lines in 17 states.
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 /NOTE: SprintLink is a service mark; SprintNet is a registered trademark./
 /CONTACT: Janis Langley, 202-828-7427 or, after hours, 703-533-3322; or Vince Hovanec, 202-828-7423 or, after hours, 202-387-1496, both of Sprint/
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