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SPRINT EXPANDS OPTIONS TO ACCESS ITS FRAME RELAY NETWORK

Interop '93 Demonstrations Include First Public Internet Gateway
 Over Sprint's Frame Relay Service
 WASHINGTON, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- To further establish Sprint's (NYSE: FON) leading role in the world of data communications, the company today announced the industry's most comprehensive set of frame relay connectivity options. The options include the industry's first frame relay gateway to the public Internet service.
 These options will offer business customers on Sprint's frame relay network more ways to gain access to high-speed frame relay data transport capabilities than those offered by any other major carrier.
 Sprint's frame relay access and transmission capabilities options are expanded to include:
 -- The industry's first public frame relay-to-Internet gateway
 service;
 -- An X.25-to-frame relay gateway service; and
 -- Systems Network Architecture over Frame Relay transmission
 capability.
 Sprint also is participating in the industry's first Switched Multimegabit Data Service (SMDS)-over-frame relay trial between an interexchange carrier and a local exchange carrier.
 Sprint's frame relay access options will allow business customers to extend the reach of their network by mixing and matching Internet, frame relay and X.25 services to fit their unique communications requirements. The SMDS trial with Sprint's frame relay service ultimately will provide customers with the ability to carry SMDS traffic over the public frame relay network. In addition, Sprint offers SNA-over-frame relay transport capabilities to IBM users, enabling customers to reduce the need for duplicate Local Area Network (LAN) and SNA networks.
 Frame Relay-to-IP
 Sprint is demonstrating here at Interop '93 the industry's first gateway to a public Internet Protocol service -- for a customer who wants access to applications on the Internet.
 Sprint's Frame Relay-to-IP demonstration will involve an interactive session between Sprint's frame relay service through Sprint Link, Sprint's network that provides access to the Internet, and to the Internet. Using the Sprint Meeting Channel, trade show attendees can see the demonstration via videoconference in Sprint's trade show booth (No. 2207)
 Sprint was the first major carrier to offer this public Internet Protocol service to government and business customers. Sprint Link, which was announced last year, provides access to Internet's 8,000 interconnected data networks in more than 80 countries serving government, academic and research organizations.
 X.25-to-Frame Relay
 Sprint also outlined its SprintNet (X.25)-to-Frame Relay gateway. This gateway will permit customers on an X.25 network to communicate with users on the Sprint frame relay network. Sprint successfully demonstrated this capability last month at the National Institute of Standards and Technology as an element of the Industry/Government Open Systems Specifications (IGOSS) frame relay trial.
 SNA over Frame Relay
 Sprint is also demonstrating SNA protocol transfer over frame relay at Interop '93. The demonstration will feature live video images on an IBM workstation and the transfer of these images over Sprint's frame relay network.
 SNA remains the largest installed base of network users in the world. This frame relay capability supports the emerging migration of these IBM users toward client/server computing and LAN internetworking.
 SMDS over Frame Relay
 Sprint and Pacific Bell this month also announced the industry's first trial of SMDS-over-Frame Relay transport.
 "This trial is the first step in providing customers with SMDS and frame relay interoperability," said Dom DeAngelo, vice president of data product management. "It further underscores our commitment to making Sprint's frame relay service a comprehensive data transport mechanism."
 The project, which began last month, will test communications between two computer workstations that are connected via an SMDS switch at Pacific Bell's laboratory in San Ramon, Calif., and Sprint's frame-relay switch at its laboratory in Burlingame, Calif.
 Sprint's frame relay service combines the performance of private lines with the bandwidth efficiency and superior connectivity of packet switching. The service uses Sprint's TP4900 (High Performance) frame relay platform switching technology and is especially suited for bursty, data-intensive applications such as LAN internetworking, image transfer and client/server exchange. Because frame relay supports multiple simultaneous sessions, customers save on equipment, line and operational costs while enjoying data rates ranging up to 1.536 kilobits-per-second.
 Sprint is also demonstrating its global frame relay capabilities among Sprint's booth, a Kansas City site and a Sprint facility in London. It is also demonstrating the first nationwide Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) communications capabilities between LANs at Interop and at Sprint's Burlingame laboratory.
 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 5.9 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 and Sprint Meeting Channel are service marks./
 /CONTACT: Janis Langley, 202-828-7427 or, after hours, 703-533-3322; or Evette Fulton, 202-828-7411 or, after hours, 301-230-0978, both of Sprint. Langley or Fulton can be reached at Sprint Booth No. 2207 at Interop, 202-789-3114/
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