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SPRINT ANNOUNCES FIVE DATA NETWORK SALES IN ASIA AND MIDDLE EAST; SYSTEMS AWARDS GROW TO MORE THAN $22 MILLION

SPRINT ANNOUNCES FIVE DATA NETWORK SALES IN ASIA AND MIDDLE EAST;
 SYSTEMS AWARDS GROW TO MORE THAN $22 MILLION
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) today announced five new contracts worth nearly $10 million to provide packet-switched data networks to organizations in Thailand and the Middle East. The contracts are through Sprint's regional distributors World Information Technology (WIT) in Thailand and Gulfnet U.S.A. Ltd. in the Middle East.
 The new contracts join two other recent Sprint awards in China, bringing the value of the company's recent systems awards to over $22 million. Sprint earlier was selected by the Chinese Ministry of Railways to provide a nationwide private X.25 data network and electronic messaging systems, and to provide three electronic messaging systems to the Guangdong PTT, a regional telecommunications administration.
 The five new contracts are from Siam Commercial Bank of Thailand, Bahrain-based Gulf Air, the Saudi Monetary Agency, Kuwait University and the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training -- Kuwait's public university.
 Siam Commercial Bank
 For Siam Commercial Bank, one of Thailand's leading financial institutions, Sprint will provide a nationwide packet switched network that will be the largest private X.25 network in Thailand.
 The bank initially will use the network to enhance and automate its operations to support electronic funds transfer and account inquiry/update functions and soon plans to add other services -- such as the bank's nationwide Automated Teller Machine (ATM) network.
 The network's main switching center, located at the bank's headquarters in Bangkok, will be based on Sprint's latest generation TP4900 broadband-ready data switches, the same equipment used in the SprintNet global X.25 and frame relay network. The TP4900 can be field upgraded to support both X.25 and frame relay communications, providing an easy growth path for users.
 The Bangkok center also will employ a Sprint TP5000 Network Management System (NMS), while Sprint TP8000 access/switching nodes will provide multi-protocol support, data concentration and remote access to the network from more than 100 bank offices nationwide.
 Gulf Air
 Gulf Air, a major international commercial airline owned by the governments of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar, will use a hybrid public/private data communications solution to link its regional operations and to provide worldwide connectivity.
 A Sprint private X.25 network, based in Gulf Air headquarters in Bahrain, will provide local communications to link Gulf Air sales offices in more than 35 countries in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the Americas. SprintNet dedicated data lines will enable private network users -- including airport ticketing agents and travel agencies -- to interconnect with reservations and departure control host computers in London and Tulsa, Okla.
 The SprintNet global data network will provide connectivity to all other areas served worldwide, as well as providing support for ALC and AX.25 -- airline industry proprietary protocols -- in addition to X.25, IBM SDLC, and asynchronous communications.
 The private network includes five major switching centers in Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Dubai and Doha based on Sprint's TP4800 packet switches. Sprint's TP8000 access/switching nodes will provide travel agencies throughout the Middle East with remote access to the network.
 Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency
 Sprint will provide a nationwide private network for the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), the central bank for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia which controls the country's economic, financial and monetary policy.
 SAMA will use the network to support electronic funds transfer among its regional offices, to process transactions on the Saudi Arabian stock exchange, and for administrative operations.
 A Sprint TP5000 Network Management System, located at SAMA headquarters in Riyadh, will manage and coordinate traffic between 12 TP4900 packet switches located in major metropolitan areas including Riyadh, Jedda and Dammam. Twenty-four TP8200 LAN routers will provide inter-LAN connectivity through the backbone X.25 network.
 Additionally, a Sprint TP5800 Graphical Management Interface workstation and color monitor will provide network engineers a "window" through which network functions and operations are clearly illustrated by color icons, and commands are implemented using a point-and-click mouse.
 Kuwait University
 Kuwait University, the country's largest private university located in Kuwait City, will use a Sprint-provided X.25 wide-area network to link the administrative operations of its five regional campuses. Also based on Sprint's TP4900, TP8000 and TP8200 components, the Kuwait University private network will eventually interconnect -- via the Kuwait national public data network -- with the National Science Foundation Network in the United States for cooperative research efforts.
 Public Authority for Applied Education and Training
 Kuwait's public university, the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) will use a Sprint X.25 network to link its seven regional campuses. The network, which will use Sprint's TP8200 LAN routers, will be used to support LAN-to-LAN and host-to- LAN communications between the university's token ring and ethernet LANs.
 The awards were through Sprint's regional data communications distributors -- World Information Technology (WIT) in Thailand and Gulfnet U.S.A. Ltd. in the Middle East -- both private telecommunications equipment and services providers. WIT and Gulfnet also will provide local installation, maintenance and technical support.
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with $8.9 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, and local telephone services to more than 4 million subscriber lines in 17 states.
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 /NOTE: TP4900 and TP5000 are trademarks. TP8000 and SprintNet are registered trademarks./
 /CONTACT: Janis Langley of Sprint, 202-828-7427 or, after hours, 703-533-3322/
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