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AT&T BEGINS DIRECT-DIAL SERVICE TO COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES

AT&T BEGINS DIRECT-DIAL SERVICE TO COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES
 LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: 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.
 It's now easy and economical for Americans -- consumer and business people 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 in Louisville who wish to reach people in Moscow through AT&T direct-dial long-distance service should dial 011, then 7, then Moscow's city code, 095, and the local number. Calls placed between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. U.S. time -- which is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Moscow -- are $1.70 for the first musing the same dialing procedures, substituting the appropriate city or region code and local number.
 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 1,000 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 150.
 Selected city codes follow:
 STATE CITY CITY CODE
 Russia Moscow 095
 Ukraine Kiev 044
 Byelorussia Minsk 0172
 Moldova Kishinev 0422
 Uzbekistan Tashkent 3712
 Kazakhstan Alma-Ata 3272
 Kyrgystan Frunze 3312
 Tajikistan Dushambe 3772
 Turkmenistan Ashkhabah 36322
 Azerbaijan Baku 8922
 Armenia Yerevan 8872
 Georgia Tbilisi 8832
 Lithuania Uilnius 0122
 Latvia Riga 0132
 Estonia Tallin 0142
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 /CONTACT: Traci Gentry, 404-810-8282 (office) or 404-841-9758 (after hours), or Anissa Klisch, 404-810-8274 (office) or 404-242-8345 (after hours), both of AT&T/
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