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MCI ACTIVATES TAT-10 LINKING U.S., GERMANY AND NETHERLANDS

 MCI ACTIVATES TAT-10 LINKING U.S., GERMANY AND NETHERLANDS
 RYE BROOK, N.Y., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirty five international telecommunications carriers, among them MCI International Inc., a subsidiary of MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: MCIC) (MCI), today announced they will activate service this weekend on the transatlantic portion of the first transatlantic fiber optic system to directly link the United States, Germany and The Netherlands. Service on the system's segment from Germany to The Netherlands is scheduled for November.
 Called TAT-10, the new $300 million (US) transAtlantic system will be able to carry up to 60,000 simultaneous telephone conversations, or the equivalent in any combination of voice, data and video signals.
 As with its predecessor TAT-9, which went into service in March, TAT-10 operates at 565 megabits per second over each of of two optical fiber pairs, with a third fiber pair included for restoration.
 The 7,200-kilometer (4,500-mile) TAT-10 system crosses the Atlantic Ocean from Green Hill, Rhode Island to the north of Scotland and transits the North Sea to Norden, Germany. It is expected also to provide on this route much needed communications capacity to the newly opened markets in Eastern and Central Europe.
 TAT-10 investors include telecommunications carriers from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
 The construction of TAT-10 was completed in less than half the time a project of this size normally requires. In addition, a number of industry records were set with this project. The deep sea portion of the system was completed in a record 21 days. Also the Dutch ship, Dock Express 20, and the British vessel Stena Seaspread installed about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) of specially armored cable crossing 11 natural gas and oil pipelines in the North Sea. This installation included the longest stretch of telecommunications cable buried beneath the ocean floor.
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 /CONTACT: Alan Garratt of MCI International, 914-934-6484/
 (MCIC) CO: MCI International ST: New York IN: TLS SU: PDT


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