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MCI DEMONSTRATES FIRST INTERNATIONAL SMDS BETWEEN UNITED STATES AND GERMANY AT CEBIT

 HANNOVER, Germany, and WASHINGTON, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI, the fastest growing international telecommunications carrier in the world, today began demonstrating international SMDS (Switched Multi- megabit Data Service) between Germany and the United States in cooperation with the Deutsche Bundespost Telekom (DBP Telekom) and BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc.
 SMDS is an emerging high-speed packet-switched data service that enables businesses to move vast amounts of information simultaneously among multiple locations, more quickly and economically than existing private line network solutions. MCI is the only long distance carrier in the United States to offer SMDS, which is designed to meet businesses' increasing demand for internetworking capabilities between companies, government, education and medical institutions.
 MCI's HyperStream SMDS is a "connectionless" data service which uses an IEEE standard protocol. Designed over a state-of-the-art cell-based data network, MCI's SMDS can be used to connect business locations at speeds ranging from 64 kilobits per second (KBPS) to 45 megabits per second (MBPS). Even higher speeds for virtual data services will be possible when ATM and SONET interfaces become available. Unlike dedicated lines or frame relay services, SMDS requires no pre-assigned logical or physical network connection for data delivery.
 With this service, introduced by MCI in October 1992, information travels in data packets that include address and routing information which can be read by the network and delivered to its destination at speeds previously offered only by private line services.
 MCI SMDS DEMONSTRATIONS
 At CeBIT, MCI is demonstrating SMDS in two separate situations. The first demo, with Bear, Stearns & Company Inc., a major U.S. financial and brokerage company, illustrates how SMDS can be used for information processing to retrieve and transfer data among multiple locations in the MCI network. It represents the typical techniques a brokerage company might use to communicate with offices throughout the United States and their international offices and to distribute the most current information to these locations.
 The SMDS networking capabilities provided by MCI and DBP Telekom will demonstrate a graphics- and text-oriented application describing Bear Stearns' services. The Macintosh workstation in MCI's booth at CeBIT will access information from Bear Stearns' location in New York City. The information is constantly updated and passed to the workstation where it is integrated with capabilities already present on the workstation at CeBIT.
 In the second SMDS demonstration, application software from ForeFront, called Virtual Notebook, will be demonstrated between wide area networks (WANs), showing data access and storage across a distributed network. The visitor will be able to electronically "flip" through each of the documents pertaining to the booth and its support, i.e., physical plant, a customer premise equipment (CPE) list, and electrical requirements. Remote local area network (LAN) access is provided by MCI's HyperStream and DBP Telekom's SMDS services. Workstations for the demonstration are located in the United States at a BellSouth Telecommunications SMDS node in Birmingham, Ala.; at MCI's Richardson, Texas, and McLean, Va.; and at the MCI, DBP Telekom, Alcatel and Siemens booth locations.
 The SMDS demonstrations at CeBIT are the next logical step to the first international frame relay demonstration which the same group of exhibitors provided last year. The MCI, BellSouth and Deutsche Telekom networks are based on the IEEE 802.6 cell relay international standard and provide SMDS access and egress functionality.
 Six months ago, MCI announced that the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., had agreed to use MCI's SMDS service to support its Nasdaq stock exchange. MCI introduced commercial frame relay service in the United States several months after its demonstration of the service at CeBIT last year. MCI's first international agreement for a seamless frame relay service, with Stentor of Canada, was announced last week.
 Deutsche Telekom now offers commercial 2 MBPS and 34 MBPS access to its SMDS, which it calls DATEX M, in Munich and Stuttgart. Deutsche Telekom expects to expand the service to other cities in Germany later this year and to other countries as warranted.
 BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., with headquarters in Atlanta, provides telecommunications services in the BellSouth region. BellSouth currently offers SMDS in Atlanta and in the Charlotte, N.C., metropolitan area. BellSouth expects to begin offering SMDS in the Nashville, Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala., metro areas during the second quarter of 1993.
 MCI, headquartered in Washington, offers a full range of domestic and global telecommunications services through one of the world's largest state-of-the-art networks. With 1992 revenue of more than $10 billion, the company is the second largest long distance provider in the United States and has more than 60 offices in 55 countries and places.
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 /CONTACT: Pam Small of MCI Corporate News Bureau, 202-887-3000 or 800-289-0073, or Alan Garratt of MCI International, 914-934-6484, or at CeBIT Booth, Hall 17, Stand A 55/
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