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SPRINT PARTICIPATES IN CONSTRUCTION OF FIRST TRANS-ATLANTIC NETWORK

 KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) announced today its participation with 60 other companies to build the first undersea fiber-optic network in the Atlantic Ocean.
 Prior to Sprint's recently-announced Trans-Pacific Cable 5 (TPC-5) project, undersea fiber-optic cables have only connected two end-points. The Trans-Atlantic Telecommunications 12/13 Cable will connect several points in a ring network -- from Greenhill, R.I. to Lands End, U.K., to Penmarch, France and to Tuckerton, N.J. The cable will connect these sites with two sets of fibers, one for backup.
 The TAT 12/13 cable will use state-of-the-art fiber-optic transmission equipment which adheres to the European version of Synchronous Optical Networking (SONET) standards. This equipment will allow for 100 percent survivability, greater spacing between amplifiers and more simultaneous phone conversations (or equivalent data) than ever before.
 "Compared to other Atlantic cables, TAT 12/13 will be more reliable because it is an entire underwater network system using synchronous telecommunications equipment," said Michael Robinson, assistant vice president of Sprint's Network Division. "Sprint's participation in the TAT 12/13 and TPC-5 projects emphasizes our commitment to providing reliable, global, long-distance service."
 The majority of the undersea fiber-optic network will be operating by 1995 with work to be completed in late 1996.
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with $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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