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NEW TECHNOLOGY LETS BUSINESS COMPUTERS, PEOPLE 'TALK' FOR FREE

 SIMI VALLEY, Calif., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Small businesses have the opportunity for big savings on phone and fax costs. Micom Communications Corp., Simi Valley, has introduced a new technology that allows businesses to bypass the public telephone network and access their remote offices hundreds of miles away without incurring any phone or fax toll charges.
 Computer local area networks, or "LANs," have become a popular resource for small businesses to connect their personal computers together throughout an office. Businesses wishing to send computer data to remote offices traditionally turn to communication "bridges" that transfer computer LAN files from one location to the other over a private line they lease from the phone company. However, since Micom introduced its data/voice integration product for LAN applications, businesses that use computer LANs are now able to not only transfer computer files between offices, but phone calls, fax documents and other computer data as well, over the same affordable leased line.
 With a device called a Data/Voice Internetwork Node, Micom's NetRunner, installed at each end of the connection, phone and facsimile traffic is routed through the NetRunner and over the leased computer line.
 Because of this, phone and fax calls bypass the public telephone network (AT&T, MCI or Sprint for example) and no toll charges are incurred as headquarters phones its remote office, or vice versa. In essence, businesses are building their own private communications network.
 The end result is big savings on business phone bills and an entirely new way to save money, one that was previously unavailable or unaffordable. In fact, Micom's NetRunner products start at $3,500, and typically pay for themselves within a year. Another advantage other than saving money is that these integrated networks tend to boost productivity and increase quality of work. Since all calls between offices are free, employees are encouraged by management to call their fellow employees to verify information.
 Founded in 1973, Micom, recognized by industry analysts as a leading global supplier of low-cost integrated networking products, is represented by distributors in the United States, 58 different countries and all seven continents. Micom is a subsidiary of publicly traded MB Communications Corp. (MCBX). Micom Communications Corp. is located at 4100 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93063. Phone: 805-583-8600. Fax: 805-583-1997.
 -0- 3/16/93 /CONTACT: Sharon Martin or Richard S. Borden of Micom Communications, 805-583-8600/


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