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NEW SOVINTEL SWITCHED ACCESS SERVICE PROVIDES INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL TELEPHONE/FACSIMILE SERVICE TO CORPORATIONS WITH OPERATIONS IN MOSCOW

NEW SOVINTEL SWITCHED ACCESS SERVICE PROVIDES INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL TELEPHONE/FACSIMILE SERVICE TO CORPORATIONS WITH OPERATIONS IN MOSCOW
 MOSCOW, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- SOVINTEL, an international telephone/facsimile service provided by a joint Russian-American telecommunications enterprise, today announced that it has launched a new Switched Access Service (SAS), which provides international communications for companies with operations in Moscow. To date, more than 50 multinational corporations have subscribed to SAS, including ABC News Intercontinental, DHL, Japan Airlines, Sumitomo, Coca Cola, Mitsubishi and Panalpina.
 SOVINTEL, a joint venture composed in the United States of a partnership of GTE (NYSE: GTE) and San Francisco/Moscow Teleport Inc., and in Moscow of the Main Trunk Lines Control Center (MTLCC), a division of the Russian Federation Ministry of Communications, began providing service from major Moscow hotels and business centers in December 1991. To date, more than 40,000 direct-dialed calls have been handled.
 At present, the Savoy hotel and the Hotel Metropol Moscow are providing SOVINTEL services for their customers, as is the Moscow Expocenter.
 AMT Mobile, a city-wide mobile telephone service provider, also has begun employing SOVINTEL's international capability. Six additional hotels and numerous business properties in the Russian capital have contracted for SOVINTEL services and will be offering them soon.
 Immediate Connectivity to the World
 The 40,000-plus calls that have been direct-dialed by SOVINTEL's initial customers have been placed to nearly 80 countries around the world. Of these calls, nearly 65 percent were directed to Europe and 25 percent to North America.
 "Reliable communications, the life-blood of any business, will continue to be critical to future business developments within the Russian Republic," said C.J. Waylan, president, GTE Spacenet Corp. The McLean, Virginia-based company is the leader of the U.S. partnership, which joined with the MTLCC to establish and operate SOVINTEL. Initial plans for the service were announced last July.
 "Prior to the advent of SOVINTEL," said Waylan, "it was not unusual for calls placed between Moscow and the United States to take from several hours to days to complete. SOVINTEL introduces an immediacy to business communications that is absolutely essential for executives charged with making major business decisions in a timely manner."
 The SOVINTEL system is an "overlay" network that operates independently from Moscow's existing telephone grid. The new digital system makes it much simpler for business visitors and resident representatives of multinational corporations in Moscow to communicate with the rest of the world on virtually noise-free circuits. With SOVINTEL's new 501 area code, users are quickly direct-dialing calls throughout the world and promptly receiving international calls in Moscow. Conference-calling services also are available for system users.
 Major Moscow hotels that have contracted for SOVINTEL services, in addition to the Savoy and The Hotel Metropol Moscow, include Sofitel Sovietskaya; The Academya 2; The Kempinski Baltschug Moscow; and, The President (OCTAYARBSKAYA) Hotel. In addition to the Moscow Expocenter, the Moscau Messe International convention facility and the Rosinka condominium complex also have signed for SOVINTEL services, along with the International Moscow Bank. These business centers, plus those in participating hotels, provide touch-tone telephones, with facsimile and personal computer data-transmission capabilities.
 Our passion for customer satisfaction demands that our organization utilize technology in the best possible way," said Dimitris Kontinopoulos, director of systems and telecommunications, the Hotel Metropol Moscow, an Intercontinental hotel. "SOVINTEL has been chosen as our business partner because we believe we share the same goals and vision, " he added.
 Switched Access Service is an outgrowth of the original SOVINTEL capability. Using SAS, a caller dials a special access number to connect to the SOVINTEL network. About SAS, Stephen Coppen, Moscow Bureau Chief, ABC News Intercontinental, stated, "You have helped solve our communications problems, and have definitely improved things markedly over what they were!"
 AT&T serves as SOVINTEL's U.S. correspondent carrier and also transits calls to other countries. GTE Spacenet Corp. provided system design and implementation. Northern Telecom was the provider of the international gateway switch installed at SOVINTEL's operations headquarters, as well as the PABX equipment installed in the hotels and business centers. GTE is the fourth-largest publicly owned telecommunications company in the world.
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