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MCI SIGNS ON AS LEADING PARTNER IN PACIFIC'S LARGEST CAPACITY NETWORK

MCI SIGNS ON AS LEADING PARTNER IN PACIFIC'S LARGEST CAPACITY NETWORK
 RYE BROOK, N.Y., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI International, Inc., a subsidiary of MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC), together with 46 international telecommunications carriers, today announced the signing of a construction and maintenance agreement for TPC-5, the first undersea fiber optic network in the Pacific.
 Unlike current point-to-point undersea cable systems, the TPC-5 network will serve as a "self-healing loop" linking the U.S. mainland, Hawaii, Guam and Japan. The network segments between California, Hawaii, Guam, and Miyazaki, Japan, will be in service by late 1995. The entire TPC-5 network will be completed by late 1996.
 MCI is the second largest U.S. partner and third largest world partner to invest in the $1.3 billion project. Once completed, the TPC-5 network will provide instantaneous service restoration by shifting voice, data and video signals to a spare fiber on the network. In the unlikely event that a break occurs somewhere along the cable route, the network's loop configuration ensures instant restoration by re-routing signals back along this fiber.
 The TPC-5 fiber optic network will utilize "optical amplifier" technology, the latest in undersea fiber optic system technology to handle high volumes of information. The system can transmit up to 5 gigabits (billion bits of information) per second per fiber pair, which is equivalent to 60,480 simultaneous conversations.
 The 25,000-kilometer (15,525-mile) fiber optic system interconnects the U.S. mainland at Oregon and California, extends out to Hawaii, Guam, and Miyazaki and Ninomiya in Japan, and then stretches back to the United States to complete the loop. The installation of TPC-5, the Pacific's first undersea fiber optic network, will provide the needed boost in capacity to accommodate the growing increase in voice, data, and video applications throughout the region.
 TPC-5 investors include telecommunications carriers from Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
 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 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: Jane Levene of MCI International, 914-934-6480/
 (MCIC) CO: MCI International, Inc. ST: New York IN: TLS SU: CON


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