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MCI FORMS NEW DATA SERVICES DIVISION; HARCHARIK RETURNS TO LEAD DEVELOPMENT

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI today announced the formation of a new Data Services Division, intensifying the company's focus on the growing data communications marketplace.
 The company also announced the return to the company of Robert Harcharik as general manager of the new division. Harcharik, who was with the company in the early '80s, is well known in the data communications field and is credited with developing and introducing MCI Mail, the company's electronic mail service. Before joining MCI in 1982, Harcharik was president of Tymnet.
 The Data Services Division will consolidate the firm's current data development, marketing and operations resources to meet customer needs in all aspects of the growing field of data communications, including virtual broadband data networking, private line and videoconferencing networks.
 "The importance of data communications to the business community is growing swiftly and MCI sees these requirements as a major opportunity for the company," Bert C. Roberts Jr., MCI chairman and chief executive officer, said in announcing the formation of the new unit.
 "The increasing importance of this market and the success of recently introduced products has prompted us to intensify our focus on data communications," Roberts said. "The creation of the Data Services Division will allow us to consolidate our data resources to meet new and exciting customer needs."
 Harcharik will return to MCI to take the lead role in the development and marketing of data products to meet those needs, Roberts said. He also pointed out, that as an independent consultant, Harcharik has been helping MCI develop its data strategy and technology, including its HyperStream data products.
 Within the last two years, MCI has taken a leading role in the data field by introducing a line of high-speed circuit-switched and broadband virtual packet services, which include its innovative HyperStream broadband services. Among these are its HyperStream frame relay and HyperStream SMDS, Switched T-1/T-3 services and VideoNet. In addition, MCI's HyperStream network is designed to allow users to migrate easily to more advanced services and technologies, such as asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), as they become available.
 "The development of new technology and the shift from private lines to use of the shared public network where bandwidth is instantaneously available with usage-based pricing options, is ushering in a new era of data communications," Harcharik noted. "MCI has been a leader in developing these sophisticated services and the establishment of the Data Services Division will allow us to work with our customers to continue to meet their needs for the even more advanced services on the horizon."
 Other key executives in the new division will include Paul Weichselbaum, vice president of data marketing, who has been serving in that capacity; John Allen, formerly vice president of global business initiatives, who will serve as vice president of data systems; and Arthur Henley, formerly vice president of MCI's data services engineering, in MCI's network engineering group, who will be vice president of data engineering. The division is headquartered in Dallas.
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