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MCI WINS VOICE AND DATA CONTRACTS WITH CONGRESS

 WASHINGTON, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC) today announced winning competitive awards of two contracts to provide MCI Vnet voice service and HyperStream Frame Relay data service to Congress, with a combined value in excess of $30 million.
 After completing an intensely competitive process, the architect of the Capitol awarded to MCI a new three-year Common Services Procurement ("CSP") contract with two one-year options to provide its Vnet Service nationwide to over 1,500 home offices of legislators of both the Senate and House of Representatives as well as to other legislative branch agencies.
 "Competition once again has enabled the Legislative Branch to obtain state-of-the-art long distance telecommunications and premier customer service at lower costs," said Architect of the Capitol George White.
 "Our proposal combined the latest advances in virtual networking technology with a proactive management plan and very cost-effective rates to earn the right to continue serving the Legislative Branch needs," said Jerry Edgerton, MCI's vice president of government systems. "Although MCI originally won the CSP contract in 1989, open competition from other long distance carriers at the time of renewal would not allow MCI to rest on its laurels as the incumbent."
 The flexibility inherent in the Vnet Service allows MCI to offer enhanced features to meet unique needs of different Legislative Branch entities for audio conferencing, special billing services, network management and reporting, switched data applications support, restoration plans and on-site training. Each entity will use 10-digit domestic dialing plan, as well as cellular and custom Vnet Calling Cards to complete domestic and international calls when away from the office.
 Under a separately competed two-year contract award, the House of Representatives also selected MCI's new HyperStream Frame Relay service to enhance its current wide area data communications.
 Frame relay offers Legislative Branch users an advanced alternative to services currently used for terminal-to-host connections, data file transfers and electronic mail.
 In contrast to point-to-point private line services for which customers pay a flat monthly charge for a fixed amount of transmission capacity whether used or not, HyperStream provides virtual "bandwidth- on-demand" while customers pay only for the bandwidth actually used. The new service will enable Congressional users to improve data transmission speeds at a lower unit cost and with increased network reliability.
 HyperScope, MCI's Simple Network Management Protocol-based (SNMP) network management service, will allow House Information Systems to monitor the performance of frame relay services on both wide and local area networks through a single system. HyperStream Frame Relay will provide ease-of-transition to other cell-based technologies such as MCI's Switch Multi-megabit Data Services (SMDS) or Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) should the House's data communications requirements expand.
 "This data communications award is significant because it signals MCI's ability to provide the government with new and emerging data services," said Edgerton. "This win underscores MCI's commitment and ability to provide cost-effective, leading edge solutions to federal users' for their high-speed data communications needs."
 The two wins come on the heels of a series of competitive successes for MCI Government Systems in the federal market for domestic and international long distance services. They include contracts to provide the Federal Aviation Administration's Leased Interfacility National Air Space Communications System for air traffic control, the Defense Department's Pacific Consolidated Telecommunications Network, and government-wide international switched voice services. "The government and the taxpayer -- not just MCI -- win when federal contracts are awarded competitively," said Edgerton.
 MCI Communications Corporation, 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. The company, with 1992 revenue of more than $10 billion, is the second largest long distance provider in the United States and more than 60 overseas offices in 55 countries and places.
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