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MCI COMMENCES SERVICE ON HAW-5 FIBER OPTIC CABLE SYSTEM

 RYE BROOK, N.Y., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI International, along with thirty other international telecommunications carriers from 22 countries, announced that service between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii via the HAW-5 cable system will begin Jan. 31, 1993.
 HAW-5, the second trans-Pacific fiber optic system between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii, will cost $152 million to construct. The system has a total capacity of 22,680 basic circuits capable of handling approximately 113,400 simultaneous telephone calls.
 In addition to providing service from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii, HAW-5 will interconnect with other Pacific Rim cable systems used as extensions beyond Hawaii in which MCI is also an investor and active participant. These interconnected extension cable systems include PacRim East and TASMAN-2, which will provide connectivity beyond Hawaii to New Zealand and Australia.
 HAW-5 will also offer additional fiber back-up capabilities for the U.S.- Hawaii portion of the existing HAW-4/TPC-3 system. HAW-5 investors include telecommunications carriers from Japan (KDD, ITJ and IDC), TELEGLOBE Canada, the United States, Europe (BT, BTE, France Telcom), Telefenos de Mexico, and South America (ENTEL Chile and EMBRATEL).
 MCI offers a full range of domestic and global telecommunications services through one of the world's largest advanced networks. The company, with 1992 revenue of nearly $11 billion, is the sixth largest international communications carrier in the world and has 69 overseas offices in 53 countries and places.
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 /CONTACT: Alan Garratt of MCI International, 914-934-6484/
 (MCIC)


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