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SPRINT ISSUES STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO MCI/BT ANNOUNCEMENT

 WASHINGTON, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint issued the following statement in response to an announcement by MCI/British Telecom:
 The MCI/BT announcement is in keeping with the trend of global alliances. It also is in keeping with the publicly stated intentions of British Telecom to enter the U.S. telecommunications markets, as well as have management control of any global alliances.
 Sprint believes that the global marketplace will continue to be an important business opportunity for leading worldwide carriers. However, Sprint wishes to be a full partner in any alliances that serve its customers, and would hesitate to give control of its international strategy to a foreign competitor.
 Both MCI and AT&T are playing catch-up in announcing intentions to develop a global managed network service. Sprint is already offering this service. In fact, we are the leading global provider of enhanced voice and data services for multinational corporations.
 Sprint has grown rapidly and actively offshore, with wholly-owned subsidiaries in more than 20 countries, and regional and national alliances in Europe, Asia and the Americas, all using common network technology and a common brand wherever possible. Voice service operations for multinational corporations have been established in Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as joint ventures in emerging areas such as Russia and Eastern Europe.
 In the data area, Sprint is the world leader in building a unified, seamless global network using common network platforms, in partnership with a rapidly growing number of PTTs and value-added network (VAN) partners. SprintNet has expanded to 36 countries and offers the broadest geographical reach of any value-added network currently in existence, with more than 330 network nodes in 36 countries and nearly 500 network nodes in the U.S.
 Our recently announced major joint venture with Alcatel, the world's largest telecom equipment manufacturer, combines both companies' data systems businesses to form the world's leading supplier of advanced data networks.
 Sprint will continue to be aggressive in servicing the communications needs of our multinational customers located in the United States or in other countries. Sprint's years of experience forming working partnerships with carriers around the globe have been instrumental in successfully and seamlessly extending its products and services outside the U.S. to better serve both U.S.-based and overseas customers.
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 /CONTACT: Janis Langley, 202-828-7427 or, after hours, 703-533-3322, or Bill White, 913-624-2226 or, after hours, 913-681-9099, both of Sprint/
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