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MCI COMMENCES SERVICE ON FIRST TRANSPACIFIC CABLE TO CONNECT U.S. MAINLAND, CANADA AND JAPAN

 RYE BROOK, N.Y., Nov. 19 ~PRNewswire~ -- MCI International along with 48 other international telecommunications carriers from 34 countries, announced that service will begin tomorrow on the TPC-4 fiber optic cable system. TPC-4 is the first transpacific to operate at 560 megabits (million bits of information) per second, offering twice the capacity of the existing HAW-4~TPC-3 cable systems.
 Linking Chikura, Japan with Port Alberni, British Columbia and Point Arena, Calif., the 9,850-kilometer (6,117-mile) TPC-4 fiber optic cable represents the first transpacific cable system to connect the United States mainland and Canada with Japan. With the highest investor participation for fiber optic cable systems in the Pacific, the $381.1 million system will operate over two fiber pairs and will provide much needed capacity for 80,000 simultaneous voice conversations or any combination of voice, data and video.
 In addition, TPC-4 will interconnect with other Pacific Rim cable systems used as extensions beyond Japan in which MCI is also an investor and active participant. These extension cable systems are GPT, HJK, and APC, providing connectivity beyond Japan to Hong Kong, Korea, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. TPC-4 will also offer additional fiber back-up capabilities for the existing HAW-4~TPC-3 system linking the U.S. mainland, Hawaii, Guam and Japan.
 TPC-4 investors include telecommunications carriers from Japan, Canada, the United States, including Teleglobe Canada, KDD Japan, IDC, and ITJ.
 MCI International, a subsidiary of MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: MCIC), offers a full range of long distance and international communications services, including "dial 1" service, MCI Card, International 800 service, MCI fax, telex, MCI Mail electronic mail, and private lines. In addition to International Vnet, services include Global Communications Service (GCS), worldwide calling to 250 countries and places, MCI CALL USA, packet switching, private voice and data networks, and television transmission. MCI's 69 subsidiary and representative offices in 53 countries, Guam and Puerto Rico are positioned to support the full range of global telecommunications services.
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 ~CONTACT: Alan Garratt, 914-934-6484, or Jane Levene, 914-934-6480, both of MCI International~
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