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Intermedia Communications Deploys Larscom's Orion 4000 Broadband Access Multiplexer to Make High-Speed Data Connections.

MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 10, 1998--

Network Service Provider Responds to Customers' Demands for

Greater-than-T1 Frame Relay Access

Larscom Incorporated (NASDAQ:LARS) today announced that Intermedia Communications, Inc., one of the nation's fastest growing providers of integrated telecommunications services, is deploying Larscom's Orion 4000 broadband access multiplexers and Mega-T multiple T1 inverse multiplexers to provide high-speed data services.

Intermedia began placing Orion 4000s in its points of presence (POPs) and Mega-Ts at customer sites first beginning in 1997, thus offering its frame relay customers greater-than-T1 access which is much more cost effective than a T3 network circuit.

The Orion 4000 was selected based on three factors: the ability to provide cost-effective, fractional T3 bandwidth by linking multiple inexpensive T1 circuits; redundancy features to significantly reduce the risk of network down-time; and the ability to scale up to T3 and ATM network architectures as necessary.

Filling the Void Between T1 and T3 Frame Relay Access

Michael Johnson, Intermedia's Director of Enhanced Engineering commented, "For many of our customers, T1s just aren't fast enough and T3s are too expensive. As a customer-focused telecommunications company, we are aware of the rapidly changing requirements for broadband communications, which is why we are so pleased with the salability and reliability of Larscom's broadband product solutions.

"The Orion 4000 provides high-speed fault-tolerant interconnections while enabling us to grow into the more expensive T3 or ATM equipment as needed. Plus, the Orion 4000's flexible architecture lets us keep our options open with regard to changing and enhancing our network in the future."

Intermedia Communications is also deploying Larscom's T3 Mux module in their OPs and Access-T45 T3 network service units at the customer site for full T3 bandwidth.

High-Speed Fault-Tolerant Interconnections

"Our customers, especially the network service providers, demand network reliability. With a simple bridge/repeater combination, when the network loses a T1 connection -- you lose the link," said Paul Strudwick, VP Strategic Planning and Business Development at Larscom.

"Larscom's Orion 4000 delivers cost-effective multimegabit services for bandwidth-intensive applications. More importantly, should one T1 line fail, the Orion 4000 will continue to pass data and return the link to service automatically once it is free of errors, thereby ensuring Intermedia's mission critical communications."

Larscom Incorporated (NASDAQ:LARS) is a leading provider of high speed wide area network (WAN) access equipment. For additional information, please visit the company's web site at or phone 408/941-4000.

Intermedia Communications (NASDAQ/NMS:ICIX) is one of the nation's fastest growing telecommunications companies, providing integrated telecommunications solutions to business and government customers. These solutions include voice and data, local and long distance, and advanced access services. Intermedia is headquartered in Tampa, Florida and can be found on the worldwide web at

Any forward looking statements in this news release are based on current expectations and beliefs and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include competitive products, dependence on recently introduced products and products under development, rapid technological change, as well as additional risk factors as discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Larscom's prospectus, dated Dec. 18, 1996, and Larscom's 10-K and 10-Q reports filed with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).

CONTACT: Larscom Inc.

Michelle Solis, 408/941-4274


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Paul Forecki, 253/265-3358
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