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ATMnet extends Internet backbone network to San Francisco; last segment of California corridor between San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco is installed.

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 3, 1996--ATMnet Tuesday announced that the installation of the last segment of its California-corridor asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) Internet backbone, which utilizes a synchronous optical network (SONET)-based OC3c (155Mbps) circuit, has been completed.

The backbone now extends from ATMnet's Network Operations Center in San Diego, through a point of presence in Anaheim, Calif., into the Los Angeles node and then on to the San Francisco Bay Area, with nodes in Santa Clara and Oakland, Calif.

The high-speed backbone gives users the bandwidth to transmit data at up to 155Mbps -- about 100 times faster than the commonly used ``T1 pipe'' Internet connection, making it the fastest commercially available connection to the Internet.

This same circuit can be upgraded to OC12 (622Mbps) when customer requirements dictate. ATM technology makes possible simultaneous transmission of data, video and voice on the same circuit, as well as the construction of private virtual networks to implement corporate ``intranets.''

``There's been a lot said of late about the tremendous increase in the number of users accessing the Internet and the on-line data- traffic congestion they are causing,'' said Jim Browning, chief executive officer of ATMnet.

``ATM technology is an effective way to solve these slowdown problems and transmit data through a fiber-optic pipe faster than ever before. The California-corridor ATMnet backbone is proof of that.''

ATMnet clients in the Southern California region have been benefiting from this high-speed connectivity since the San Diego- to-Los Angeles backbone was turned on earlier this year. The completion of the San Francisco segment of the backbone brings ATMnet's OC3c digital communications services to intranet and Internet customers in all of California's major metropolitan areas.

ATMnet operates the fastest publicly available Internet backbone in the world, and this backbone is now available to support the estimated 30 percent to 40 percent of the nation's Internet traffic running up and down the California corridor.

In addition to the abundance of telecommunications and Internet- related businesses between San Diego and San Francisco, Browning expects that software-development companies, legal firms, financial- services businesses and hospitals will find the ATMnet backbone a particularly attractive component of their data-communications strategies.

About ATMnet

Founded in 1995, San Diego-based ATMnet addresses American businesses' growing demand for high-speed data communications. The ATMnet backbone network, spanning San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, provides businesses with 155Mbps of bandwidth for high- speed voice, video and data communications.

ATMnet is located at 5440 Morehouse Drive, No. 3700, San Diego, Calif. (URL: http://www.atmnet.net).

CONTACT: ATMnet, San Diego

Tom Lettington, 619/643-1803

tom@atmnet.net

or

McQUERTERGROUP, San Diego

Jose Mallabo or Don Markley, 619/450-0030

jose@mcqtr.com

don@mcqtr.com
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