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MCI ANNOUNCES CONFERENCE CALLING FEATURE FOR VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORKS

 MCI ANNOUNCES CONFERENCE CALLING FEATURE
 FOR VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORKS
 WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Large businesses can now make conference calls from anywhere around the world with MCI VnetForum, an advanced conference calling feature of the company's virtual private network service, MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC) announced today.
 The new capability combines the firm's premier virtual network service, MCI Vnet, and advanced conference calling product, MCI Forum. As an integrated feature of Vnet, the service allows business customers to gain greater cost efficiencies and competitive benefits over traditional stand- alone services. It permits customers to use their private dialing plans, Vnet calling cards or toll-free 800 access to conduct domestic or international conference calls over their virtual networks -- at MCI Vnet rates. With VnetForum, customers can use most of the MCI Forum conference calling features, and at the same time, contribute to their Vnet volume discounts.
 "VnetForum is designed specifically for larger users looking for more cost effective conference calling capabilities while optimizing their virtual network usage," said Carol Herod, MCI senior vice president for business marketing.
 "Because no other virtual network offers conference calling, MCI is giving its customers a competitive edge by delivering a tool that enables them to leverage their network resources and make better, more rapid business decisions," Herod added.
 For dial-out VnetForum service, conference leaders need only call MCI Forum operators to reserve a time and provide the Vnet telephone numbers of participants they wish the operator to call at the appointed time. To use VnetForum's "meet-me" capability, each participant would call into a preassigned Vnet number to be bridged into the conference. Callers not at Vnet locations can use their Vnet 800 remote access number or Vnet calling card.
 VnetForum can support all Vnet access types and applicable dialing plans. Customers also can save because, unlike traditional conference calling services, there are no additional charges for the number of locations linked to the call.
 "Conference calling is now becoming a standard business communications tool because it is particularly suited for fast-paced businesses with widely dispersed or numerous locations," Herod explained.
 "Our VnetForum feature drives the cost of conference calling down by as much as 25 percent and offers businesses an even more convenient way to stay in touch," she said.
 Conference call features included under VnetForum are customized greetings, foreign language interpretation, secured calls, conference transcription, and polling capabilities.
 VnetForum pricing will be based on Vnet call transmission rates, bridging to the MCI Forum conference center on a flat per minute basis and any additional MCI Forum special feature charges. Callers will be billed for call transmission on their Vnet invoice while other conference charges will be billed separately.
 According to the company, VnetForum will be available on a limited basis to Vnet customers beginning June 1 and will be generally available in the first half of next year.
 MCI will be featuring its MCI Forum and VnetForum services at the upcoming 1992 International Communications Association trade show in Atlanta.
 MCI estimates the current conference calling market is approximately $730 million and is growing at 15 to 20 percent annually.
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