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Avantel selects Accugraph software tools and services; Software company to provide infrastructure management solutions to Mexican long distance carrier.

EL PASO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 17, 1996--Accugraph Corp. (NASDAQ:ACCUF)(TSE:ACU.A) Wednesday announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell more than $1 million in software and services to Avantel, a Mexican telecommunications service provider.

The deal, which marks an important step in the software developer's penetration of Latin American markets, calls for Accugraph to supply a full complement of its central office infrastructure management software.

Avantel is a leading telecommunications company committed to improving quality, value and diversity of long distance services in Mexico. The company, which is a joint venture between MCI and Banacci, a leading Mexican financial group, will provide a full suite of domestic and global communications.

When Mexico privatized its long distance services with the sale of seven licenses to foreign investors, prospective licensees were required to form partnerships with Mexican companies. MCI is providing state-of-the-art networking capabilities to the new venture, which will begin operations officially in January 1997.

Accugraph is a global leader in the development, marketing and implementation of UNIX(R)- and PC-based management tools for enterprise networks and telecommunications facilities. The company's software applications integrate robust graphics and comprehensive documentation to help telecommunications engineers and network administrators build complete electronic models of their increasingly complex infrastructures.

The sale of software and services is an important phase of Accugraph's overall corporate strategy. According to Ron Munden, Sr. V.P. for Accugraph, "Our objective is to build a model installation at Avantel so that others throughout Latin America will want to enhance their operations with our software."

Munden added, "It's exciting to work with Avantel because they're on the fast track, and they don't have the legacy systems or bureaucracies to encumber them. They choose their best people, and empower them to acquire and implement the latest technologies and the best processes to build and manage their new infrastructures."

Accugraph's Network Information Software is a key element in network and facility management, telecommunications and infrastructure design. The company's corporate headquarters is in El Paso with research and development facilities in El Paso and Huntsville, Ala.

Accugraph is publicly traded on Nasdaq National Market (Symbol:ACCUF) and on the Toronto Stock Exchange (Symbol:ACU.A).

CONTACT: Accugraph Corp., El Paso

Ron Munden or David Claudio, 915/581-1171
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