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SPRINT, MCC FORM ALLIANCE TO DEVELOP ELECTRONIC COMMERCE SERVICES

 WASHINGTON, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) and the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC), an information technologies research consortium, today announced a strategic alliance that will allow -- for the first time -- the manufacturing, health care, financial, retail and other business communities to do business electronically with their suppliers and development partners worldwide through a universal internetwork service.
 The alliance will pair MCC's Enterprise Integration Network (EINet) with Sprint's data transport products. EINet provides a set of advanced network services that link networks and industry-specific applications. These services ensure secure transactions, provide the navigation tools to locate information and services online, and support multimedia electronic messaging.
 The combined Sprint and EINet capabilities will provide the connectivity, tools and services necessary to seamlessly interconnect businesses for broad-based electronic commerce on any of the more than 11,000 networks worldwide connected to the Internet.
 The strategic alliance between Sprint and EINet includes a co- marketing agreement through which Sprint will be the first commercial reseller of EINet services. Similarly, MCC will offer Sprint services for EINet customers.
 EINet, when combined with Sprint services, will support business processes such as agile manufacturing and concurrent engineering. For example, a purchasing agent for a manufacturing company might use the service to look up parts through an electronic catalog of suppliers worldwide, view items for purchase via an electronically submitted photograph or video, order and pay for parts online -- all through the click of a mouse on the buyer's computer screen.
 "This application layer will harness the vast capabilities of Sprint's advanced data services for the practical, day-to-day requirements of manufacturing, health care, financial, and retail organizations," said Chris Rooney, president of Sprint's Government Systems and Data Services Division. "The EINet layer, in effect, augments high-speed data technologies so that they can be used -- right now -- by today's companies to increase their competitiveness through global electronic commerce."
 EINet's directory services, security and advanced electronic messaging capabilities will be the first commercial service of its kind for users of the Internet. These services will enable Sprint Link customers to locate and interact with other users on any of the more than 11,000 networks in over 100 countries that make up the Internet global network.
 "This strategic reseller agreement with Sprint provides a broad distribution channel to bring EINet to small- and medium-sized companies, enabling them to partner more effectively for market development," said Craig Fields, chairman and CEO of MCC. "Furthermore, widespread availability of EINet will increase demand for network-based services, accelerating the implementation of existing technologies and furthering the development of new services," Fields said.
 In addition, the companies have agreed to collaborate in support of national initiatives, particularly in the areas of agile manufacturing, defense conversion, and health care. Sprint also will join MCC as an associate member.
 The introduction of EINet service extends Sprint's leadership role in global connectivity options, including:
 -- One of the world's largest electronic messaging services -- SprintMail -- with connections to private e-mail systems and public services worldwide and offering delivery to facsimile and telex devices -- now also connects with the EINet user community;
 -- Global data communications capabilities through the SprintNet data network, which interconnects with the national public data networks of more than 100 countries;
 -- Offering the most widespread Internet connectivity through its Sprint Link network -- the first commercial TCP/IP network service for Internet users to be offered by a carrier.
 Additionally, Sprint is a leader in developing and deploying emerging data communications technologies, which offer the vast transmission capacity required for electronic commerce applications. Sprint was first to:
 -- Announce public frame relay and ATM services;
 -- Issue a request for proposal (RFP) for equipment to build an all- SONET network. The combination of ATM switching, which is already in Sprint's network infrastructure; and
 SONET will allow Sprint to provide digital transport service at speeds of 622 Mbps (more than 400 times the current bandwidth) and beyond.
 MCC is one of the nation's leading research and development consortia with over 80 industrial members whose combined annual sales exceed $500 billion. MCC's mission is to strengthen and sustain the competitiveness of its member companies who share common technical and product requirements in electronics and information technology. MCC member companies come from a wide range of industries, including semiconductors, software, workstations and systems, defense/aerospace, systems integration and telecommunications. More recently, end-users of advanced technologies have joined MCC, providing a strong focus on applications and markets in areas such as financial services, chemical processing and retailing. MCC conducts a wide range of activities intended to accelerate the development and commercialization of advanced technology in the areas of advanced electronic systems, information management, intelligent systems and distributed systems management.
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with more than $10 billion in annual revenues and the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network. Its divisions provide global long distance voice, data and video products and services, local telephone services to nearly 6 million subscriber lines in 19 states, and cellular operations that serve 42 metropolitan markets and more than 50 rural service areas.
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 /NOTE: Sprint Link is a service mark. SprintMail and SprintNet are registered trademarks./
 /CONTACT: Janis Langley of Sprint, 202-828-7427, or after hours, 703-533-3322, or Cynthia Williams of MCC, 512-338-3512/
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