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MCI SECOND LARGEST U.S. PARTNER IN COLUMBUS II OPTICAL FIBER CABLE SYSTEM

 MCI SECOND LARGEST U.S. PARTNER IN COLUMBUS II
 OPTICAL FIBER CABLE SYSTEM
 RYE BROOK, N.Y. Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI International announced today that it has signed a construction and maintenance agreement for COLUMBUS II, the first optical fiber system directly linking Mexico with the United States (Florida and St. Thomas) and continuing across the Atlantic to Portugal, Spain and Italy. COLUMBUS II is also the first direct Submarine cable between the Southeast United States and Southern Europe. Fifty-six telecommunications entities from 43 countries signed this agreement in Cancun, Mexico, today. MCI is the second largest U.S. partner and the fourth largest world partner to invest in the system.
 This new addition to the global network of fiber cables will add capacity to handle at least 60,000 simultaneous telephone calls or their equivalent among the participating countries. The cable is planned to be available for service on Columbus Day 1994.
 The section of the cable between Florida and St. Thomas' U.S. Virgin Islands will comprise two cables shared by COLUMBUS II and the
AMERICAS-l optical fiber cable system recently announced. This will permit full redundancy between these two locations permitting instantaneous restoration in the unlikely event that a break occurs in either cable.
 With the AMERICAS-l cable system, the COLUMBUS II cable will form the first fiber optic network linking Europe, the United States and Latin America.
 MCI 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 over 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, 1-914-934-6484, or Jane Levene, 1-914-934-6484, both of MCI International/ CO: MCI International ST: New York IN: TLS SU:


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