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HOLIDAY INN SELECTS MCI FOR GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TO LATIN AMERICA

 ATLANTA, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI announced today that it will provide Holiday Inn Worldwide with its Global Communications Services (GCS) to Latin America under a new, five-year, $15 million agreement.
 Under the terms of the agreement, MCI will install small satellite antennas, known as Very Small Aperture Terminals or VSATs, at approximately 150 Holiday Inn properties in more than 13 countries in Latin America. The VSATs will connect the hotels to Holiday Inn's global reservations system, Holidex, in Atlanta for two-way interactive data communications. The MCI-provided VSAT network will replace a slower analog private line network now used by Holiday Inn throughout Latin America.
 "By using MCI's VSAT service, Holiday Inn properties in Latin America will be able to enjoy faster, more reliable and more cost- effective access to our state-of-the-art Holidex reservation system," said Richard Smith, executive vice president of information technology for Holiday Inn Worldwide. "Based on the success of the VSAT network MCI has established for many of our hotels in Western Europe, we expect the implementation in Latin America to be very well received by our franchise owners."
 In April 1992, MCI was the first carrier to announce a trans- Atlantic VSAT network between the United States and Europe through COMSAT via the INTELSAT satellite system. Last year, Holiday Inn was the first company to use this MCI service. In November 1992, MCI also became the first U.S. carrier to introduce international VSAT service to Latin America.
 "This latest GCS win for MCI demonstrates our continued success in meeting the global telecommunications needs of the world's leading multinationals," said Jonathan Crane, president, MCI national accounts. "Our GCS strategy is to offer multinationals a wide array of global services ranging from full global network outsourcing to digital private line services to our VSAT service."
 The space segment for Holiday Inn's VSAT network is being supplied by COMSAT World Systems over the INTELSAT VI satellite. The higher power of the INTELSAT VI makes the service economical for many companies because VSAT terminals of 2.4 meters can be used to receive the signal.
 VSAT technology has been used by businesses in many countries, including the United States, for years to send data from primarily remote locations to a central data facility. With the introduction of MCI's global VSAT services, companies such as Holiday Inn have begun to use the satellite technology to replace analog with digital service to connect locations in multiple countries to the U.S. for interactive data communications.
 Under MCI's GCS, MCI serves as the single point of contact for the design, management, provisioning and billing of the VSAT service. MCI will utilize its existing Andover, Maine gateway as the shared VSAT hub to serve Holiday Inn's requirements to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
 Holiday Inn Worldwide, which is owned by Bass PLC of the United Kingdom, is the world's leading hotel chain, with more than 1,700 hotels and 330,000 guest rooms in 56 countries and territories around the world.
 MCI, which offers a full range of global telecommunications services, has long been a leader in providing advanced services to Latin America. In fact, MCI has more active digital and analog circuits to Latin America than any other U.S. carrier. The company was also the first U.S. carrier to provide INTELSAT satellite services to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela and is the only carrier offering these services to Mexico, Bolivia and Peru. MCI, based in Washington, D.C., recorded 1992 revenue of $10.6 billion, making it one of the world's largest telecommunications companies.
 COMSAT World Systems provides satellite capacity and communications services to transmit television and radio broadcasts as well as voice and data communications between the United States and overseas points. The company is the U.S. signatory to the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT), a Washington, D.C.-based consortium of 125 countries that manages and operates a global satellite system.
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 /CONTACT: Frank J. Walter of MCI National Accounts, 212-326-4389; or Gayle MacIntyre of Holiday Inn Worldwide, 404-604-2903/
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