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SPRINT, OPTINET ANNOUNCE DATA NETWORK INTERCONNECTION; OPTINET TO PROVIDE FRAME RELAY, PACKET-SWITCHED DATA SERVICES TO USERS IN CANADA

 KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) and Optinet Telecommunications, a Canadian value-added service provider, today announced an agreement to interconnect data networks. As part of the agreement, Optinet will provide Sprint's global value-added data services, including frame relay, to users in Canada.
 The non-exclusive agreement provides Optinet users with global connectivity via SprintNet(R) -- one of the world's largest public data networks with more than 500 access centers in the United States, and more than 300 in 36 other countries worldwide.
 Optinet customers also will be able to access Sprint's global frame relay service -- a high speed, bandwidth-on-demand service designed to provide a common link for geographically dispersed personal computer, local area networks, and SNA networks. The service offers users economical, high-capacity bandwidth when needed -- such as to transfer files between personal computers in distant locations or to support worldwide financial and medical imaging applications.
 Canadian corporate customers now will be able to work with Optinet for their data communications needs in a number of countries and receive a single bill in a single currency. Additionally, all Sprint customers benefit from increased network coverage within Canada via the Optinet network, which will eventually cover over 50 cities throughout the country.
 The Optinet network will use a number of Alcatel 1100 TPX4900(TM), formerly Sprint's TP4900, packet switches, obtained through a separate purchase agreement. Since these are the same switches used throughout Sprint's global network, the networks will interconnect "seamlessly," allowing users in Canada to access worldwide data services and frame relay. The switches are manufactured by Alcatel Data Networks, a Sprint-Alcatel data systems joint venture.
 Optinet will supply customer provisioning, installation, maintenance and service requirements through its offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
 "This relationship will bring the global reach of one of the world's most sophisticated value-added networks to Canadian users through an experienced provider familiar with Canada's business environment," said John Cahill, vice president and general manager, Americas, for Sprint International, Sprint's global telecommunications subsidiary.
 Andre Halley, president of Optinet Telecommunications, added, "Our relationship with a leader in the international telecommunications field is keeping with our central commitment to provide Canadian business with innovative, state-of-the-art value-added services, and contribute to their competitive position.
 "Furthermore, this relationship with Sprint underscores Optinet's strategic objective to become the premier value-added network provider in the Canadian telecommunications field and further enhances our own competitive advantage. Again, our Canadian business clients will be the first to benefit from such advances," Halley said.
 Optinet joins a growing number of Sprint network partnerships around the world which offer cost-effective access facilities, local expertise and in-country technical support. The arrangement adds to Sprint's growing commitment to the Canadian marketplace, including its recent alliance to receive a 25 percent equity interest in Call-Net, Canada's largest alternative long-distance provider, in return for access to Sprint's intellectual property and complete intelligent network capabilities.
 Optinet is a leading value-added network provider of state-of-the- art integrated and internetworking transmission services and solutions in Canada. Optinet is a member of the National Telesystem Ltd., a private Canadian holding company involved in various telecommunications ventures both in North America and overseas.
 Sprint is a $10.4 billion international telecommunications company, providing voice, video and data networking solutions to the world's commercial, government and financial centers. Sprint operates fiber- optic and value-added networks that are among the world's largest, and maintains offices in six continents through its over 50 subsidiaries, joint ventures and distributor partners.
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 /CONTACT: Janis Langley, 202-828-7427 or, home, 703-533-3322, Gerry Simone, 202-828-7423 or, home, 703-471-9213, both of Sprint/
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