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IDB & VYVX SIGN 5-YEAR, $-MULTIMILLION PACT FOR FIBER-OPTIC TV TRANSMISSION; COS. TO PROVIDE SYSTEM FOR SPORTS/NEWS

 LOS ANGELES, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Vyvx Inc., the nationwide television services affiliate of WilTel, and IDB Communications Group Inc. (NASDAQ: IDBX), a leading transmission services provider, today announced a five-year multimillion dollar agreement whereby Vyvx will provide IDB BROADCAST, the radio and television transmission services unit of IDB, with fiber-optic television transmission services.
 IDB will use Vyvx's nationwide fiber-optic television transmission system to complement its existing satellite network to provide a wide variety of point-to-point television transmission services primarily for Major League Baseball, NBA, NHL and NFL rights holders. The agreement does not enforce exclusivity on either company.
 IDB has been utilizing the Vyvx system since 1991, carrying a substantial number of Major League Baseball games in addition to providing news and entertainment transmission services.
 The Vyvx system accesses more than 50 major cities across the United States and eight cities in Canada, which includes all cities with professional baseball, basketball, hockey and football teams.
 "This agreement allows IDB to offer an additional cost-effective television transmission solution to our customers," said John Tagliaferro, president, IDB BROADCAST. "IDB will use fiber in those instances where it makes economic and operational sense with respect to our customer's overall requirements. We will continue our significant use of satellite transmission because of its low cost and multi-point capabilities. Still, the quality and security of terrestrial fiber circuits offers diversity to our customers," he continued.
 "The combination of the two technologies really help to keep prices down," Tagliaferro added. "We can select the technology that's best suited for each transmission application."
 "During our relationship the last two years, we have consolidated our communications vehicles so our customers have the convenience of one-stop shopping," said Del Bothof, Vyvx president. "Our goal is to provide a cost-effective and high-quality television transmission service that is extremely easy to use."
 During the last two years, a significant number of Major League Baseball games were backhauled by IDB on the Vyvx network. Major League Baseball mandates that all backhauls be scrambled to prevent unauthorized use. Baseball games backhauled via fiber do not require scrambling since fiber optics is not susceptible to signal theft, an advantage of the Vyvx system.
 Tagliaferro and Bothof believe both companies are well-positioned to become key players in the rapidly evolving nationwide information infrastructure.
 "With the move in society to deliver more and more channels of information to people, you need an infrastructure to support that delivery," Tagliaferro said. "IDB and Vyvx are both part of that infrastructure."
 IDB and Vyvx are also working together to significantly impact the quality and efficiency of local access arrangements serving the major sporting venues.
 Both companies work closely with local access providers to gain signal carriage from the venues to their transmission facilities, and under the agreement will share those efforts to help defray costs and inefficiencies of duplication while striving to upgrade signal quality wherever necessary.
 In April, Vyvx and IDB BROADCAST announced plans to purchase an MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group)-based digital video compression system from Scientific-Atlanta Inc.
 As part of the initial deployment of the compression system, Vyvx and IDB plan to provide access to sports backhauls to major broadcast and cable networks and television stations nationwide. The digital feeds will be available from both satellite and fiber-optic delivery systems nationwide in June and allow the cost-effective and customized production of individual sports highlights.
 IDB Communications Group Inc. is a global telecommunications company that operates a domestic and international communications network providing its customers with radio and television transmission services, international private line and long distance telephone services, mobile satellite communications capabilities and the design and integration of satellite networks worldwide.
 Vyvx is the first company to provide switched contribution-quality fiber-optic television transmission services to ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC and numerous other television and cable networks as well as production companies nationwide.
 WilTel owns and operates one of only four nationwide fiber-optic networks in the United States and is the only nationwide fiber-optic network dedicated primarily to business communications services. The WilTel network has access to more than 30,000 systems miles.
 WilTel is one of the Williams Companies Inc. (NYSE: WMB; PSE), a $5-billion corporation headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., that provides energy transportation and nationwide digital telecommunications. Williams is listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges (symbol WMB).
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 /CONTACT: Kevin Inda of WilTel, 713-547-1014; or Lori Gutknecht of IDB, 213-240-3758; or Ken Dennard of Morgen-Walke, 415-296-7383, for IDB/
 (IDBX WMB)


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