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NWA, CARGILL AND HONEYWELL AWARD AT&T $250 MILLION IN CONTRACTS TO PROVIDE CUSTOM COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS

 MINNEAPOLIS, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T today announced that Northwest Airlines, Cargill Inc. and Honeywell Inc. have awarded it contracts to provide customized integrated communications networks, valued at a combined total of more than $250 million.
 The new contracts extend and expand agreements for AT&T's Virtual Telecommunications Network Service, which had been subject to the Federal Communications Commission's "fresh look" guidelines. These guidelines gave certain customers, including Northwest Airlines, Cargill and Honeywell, 90 days to review their existing agreements and decide whether to void them in favor of another service or long-distance company.
 Northwest Airlines
 Northwest's integrated network connects more than 250 locations in the United States, including reservations centers in Minneapolis, Baltimore, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle and Tampa, Fla., for voice and data communications. The network also extends data communications services to more than 8,000 travel agent locations across the United States.
 "We consider our communications network to be a competitive advantage," said Garry Myall, Northwest's director, network resources. "AT&T's advanced technology and network design allow us to not only maintain that advantage, but to do so in a cost-effective manner."
 Northwest's state-of-the-art network incorporates a range of sophisticated network management and routing features, which allows it to handle more calls and help its customers reach sales agents more quickly than before.
 Northwest Airlines serves more than 240 cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Australia. In 1992, Northwest recorded $7.96 billion in revenue and carried more than 41 million passengers.
 Cargill
 Cargill's integrated network will link more than 800 company locations nationwide for voice and data communications, including services using toll-free 800 numbers.
 "Our diversified businesses have a common need to move information faster and more reliably," said Reuben Lantto, Cargill's director of international telecommunications. "AT&T has designed a network that upgrades our communications infrastructure and that allows us to incorporate new applications and future advancements in technology."
 The upgraded network will allow Cargill to send data, such as information between computers, at much higher speeds than before. Other benefits include customized billing and network maintenance capabilities.
 Cargill Inc. is a leading worldwide processor, transporter and reseller of agricultural and other bulk commodities.
 Honeywell
 AT&T will provide more than 200 Honeywell locations in the United States with interstate and international voice and data communications. Included are toll-free services using 800 numbers, long-distance calling capabilities and card services for Honeywell employees traveling on business.
 The network will also provide Honeywell with the ability to conduct video teleconferences.
 "We require first-class communications capabilities to run our business," said Nick Simonds, Honeywell's vice president, information systems. "AT&T has worked with us to provide immediate access to the people and information we need to serve our customers."
 Honeywell is a global controls company providing products, systems and services that increase comfort, environmental protection, energy conservation, productivity and safety in homes and buildings, industry, and aviation and space. The company employs 55,000 people in 95 countries on six continents and had 1992 sales of $6.2 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Jack Matosian of AT&T, 612-376-5322 or (home) 612-559-5112; Jim Faulkner of Northwest Airlines, 612-726-2331; Reuben Lantto of Cargill, 612-475-7775; or Kevin Whalen of Honeywell, 612-951-0070/


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