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SPRINT CONVERTS TREASURY DATA NETWORK LINES TO FTS2000

 SPRINT CONVERTS TREASURY DATA NETWORK LINES TO FTS2000
 WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) today announced that it converted nearly 1,500 private lines within the U.S. Treasury Department's packet-switched Consolidated Data Network (CDN) to FTS2000 service. FTS2000 is the federal government's advanced, cost-effective telecommunications network which was awarded 40 percent to Sprint in December 1988.
 The CDN's potential annual revenue for Sprint is $6.5 million.
 Working with Computer Sciences Corp., Treasury's prime contractor for the CDN, Sprint's Government Systems Division completed the conversion in record time -- less than six months for a process that normally could take up to two years.
 "The rapid conversion process was a direct result of teamwork among the Treasury Department, Computer Sciences Corp. and Sprint," said Don Teague, vice president of operations for Sprint's Government Systems Division.
 Service to many of the 989 CDN locations was provided via T-1 high speed (1.544 Mbps) access lines using Sprint's Switched Digital Integrated Service (SDIS), one of several services under the FTS2000 contract.
 SDIS lines reduce costs by multiplexing, or mixing, lower speed circuits at customer sites with the higher-speed T-1 lines. Since SDIS converts varying-speed signals into a uniform speed for transmission over the T-1 lines, circuits do not have to be individually provisioned and circuit costs are reduced.
 Primary users of the CDN are the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Customs, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Treasury Personnel and Payroll offices.
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with $8.8 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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 /CONTACT: Vince Hovanec, 202-828-7428 or, after hours, 202-387-1496, or Janis Langley, 202-828-7423 or, after hours, 703-533-3322, both of Sprint/
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