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MCI OPENS NEW DATA CENTER IN MARYLAND

 PERRYMAN, Md., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC) today officially dedicated one of the most technologically advanced data centers in the country. Located near Perryman, Md. -- some 25 miles north of Baltimore -- the center handles billing and revenue processing for MCI's customers on the East Coast from Maine to Virginia. The high-tech showcase features the latest innovations in communications technology.
 According to Richard T. Liebhaber, MCI's chief strategy and technology officer, "MCI's Perryman Data Center is a key part of our network -- one of the largest in the world. The data processing capabilities here can handle the billions of near-instantaneous transactions required by today's sophisticated communications services."
 "The computing power in the center has the capacity to process 960 million instructions per second -- that's equal to the processing power of some 48,000 standard personal computers," said Liebhaber. "The center has some 3 terrabytes of storage capacity -- that's equivalent to some 80,000 sets of encyclopedias. If stacked on top of each other, the pile would be over 40 miles high."
 Construction on the highly automated 85,000 square foot facility -- currently MCI's second largest in the country -- was completed in January. With this data center, MCI has invested more than $100 million in building and equipment in Harford County.
 The new center combines network management and data processing functions, and uses the latest fiber optic technology, including optical and magnetic disks capable of eventually storing 8 terrabytes, or 8 trillion bytes of data -- the equivalent of more than 220,000 sets of encyclopedias.
 In addition to revenue processing, billing and order processing for MCI customers in 13 states and the District of Columbia, the data center will handle problem management and restoration for the company's nationwide digital network.
 The state-of-the-art equipment installed includes four IBM ES9000/900 computers for data processing; 13 robotic tape silos that hold more than 5,000 tapes each, and can retrieve and file a tape in less than 20 seconds; plus air conditioning units capable of cooling 400 homes and enough emergency electrical generating capacity to power a small city.
 MCI Communications Corporation, with 1992 revenue of more than $10 billion, is the second largest long distance provider in the United States. MCI supplies a full range of voice and data telecommunications services to business and residential customers, and government agencies.
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