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AT&T BEGINS DIRECT-DIAL SERVICE TO 15 FORMER SOVIET REPUBLICS, WITH MORE CIRCUITS THAN ANY OTHER COMPANY

 AT&T BEGINS DIRECT-DIAL SERVICE TO 15 FORMER SOVIET REPUBLICS,
 WITH MORE CIRCUITS THAN ANY OTHER COMPANY
 SAN FRANCISCO, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T today began direct-dial service to all 11 members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, previously republics of the Soviet Union, and to the states of Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
 This will make it easy and economical for Americans -- consumers and businesspeople alike -- to reach the largest land-mass in the world, which spans 11 time zones.
 With more than 400 circuits, AT&T has by far the largest direct- dialing capacity of any long-distance carrier now serving the region. Americans can make direct-dialed calls to all of the more than 2,000 cities in this vast area.
 Callers who wish to reach the 15 states served by AT&T direct-dial long-distance service should dial 011, then 7, then a city or region code, and the local number. Rates can be as low as $1.55 per minute, depdending on the time of day a call is made.
 AT&T provides service through a combination of cable, Intelsat and Intersputnik satellites, and other countries' facilities. This diversity of call-routing helps ensure reliability of long-distance calling, AT&T said.
 The 11 members of the Commonwealth of Independent States are: Russia; Ukraine; Byelorussia; Moldova; Uzbekistan; Kazakhstan; Kyrgystan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Azerbaijan; and Armenia.
 AT&T was the first long-distance company to provide direct-dial service to frequently called areas in the old Soviet Union. The company began direct-dial service to Moscow in 1984 and Armenia in 1991. In addition, AT&T became, in 1991, the only provider of direct- dial service to Sovintel, which operates a network linking hotels and business centers in Moscow.
 Provision of direct-dial service is the latest example of AT&T's nearly 50-year commitment to this region. The company installed its first circuits to the Soviet Union in 1943.
 Between 1978 and 1985, the year Mikhail Gorbachev took office, AT&T long-distance traffic between the United States and the Soviet Union increased 280 percent. Between 1985 and 1991, the increase was nearly a thousand percent.
 In addition, AT&T has formed important alliances to help bring the region's communications infrastructure into the 21st century. These include a joint venture in Ukraine that will build, operate, and own a long-distance network there, and a joint venture with Dalnya Sviaz (DALS), the Russian telecommunications company, to market, sell and service telecommunications equipment.
 Other initiatives include an agreement with the Moscow Local Telephone Network to distribute AT&T's Spirit(R) small business communications system in Moscow, and one to provide the Kazakhstan Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications with AT&T's 5ESS switches during the next 10 years to help the state increase the size of its telecommunications network.
 AT&T provides long-distance service to more than 250 countries worldwide, with direct-dialing to more than 190 countries.
 AT&T DIRECT-DIAL RATES TO FORMER SOVIET REPUBLICS
 Economy (2 a.m. - 7 a.m.)
 first minute: $1.70
 Addl. minute: $1.55
 Discount (7 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
 first minute: $1.85
 Addl. minute: $1.72
 Standard (1 p.m. - 2 a.m.)
 first minute: $2.25
 Addl. minute: $2.01 Callers only pay for the minutes they actually talk, and are billed in one-minute increments. There is no minimum charge.
 SELECTED CITY CODES
 State City City Code
 1. Russia Moscow 095
 2. Ukraine Kiev 044
 3. Byelorussia Minsk 0172
 4. Moldova Kishinev 0422
 5. Uzbekistan Tashkent 3712
 6. Kazakhstan Alma-Ata 3272
 7. Kyrgystan Frunze 3312
 8. Tajikistan Dushambe 3772
 9. Turkmenistan Ashkhabad 36322
 10. Azerbaijan Baku 8922
 11. Armenia Yerevan 8872
 12. Georgia Tbilisi 8832
 13. Lithuania Uilnius 0122
 14. Latvia Riga 0132
 15. Estonia Tallin 0142


To make a direct-dial call from the United States, the caller dials 011, then 7, and the city code and local number.
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 /CONTACT: Randy Shields, 415-442-2275 (office) or 415-512-7251 (home); or Shirley Chan, 415-442-2219 (office) or 415-564-6077 (home), both of AT&T Public Relations/ CO: AT&T Public Relations ST: California IN: TLS SU: PDT


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