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SPRINT SUPPORTS INTERNATIONAL VIDEOCONFERENCING STANDARDS

 DALLAS, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) announced today that it will support and implement the international standards for videoconferencing that make it possible for one site to videoconference with another, even if they use video compression equipment from different manufacturers.
 Sprint will support elements of the CCITT's H.320 family of videoconferencing interoperability standards. Initially, Sprint will support point-to-point conferences using the H.261 standard for coder/decoders (CODECs). Sprint plans availability in the third quarter of 1993. When standards are solidified for multipoint conferences, Sprint also will support that capability, in addition to other elements of the H.320 standards family.
 "Sprint has historically supported international standards for interoperability," says Tina Mayland, director of the Sprint Video Group. "We support the international standards for data and electronic mail as well as for videoconferencing, because we know that using the international standards serves our customers best by letting them communicate on a world-wide basis without worrying about system issues.
 "Our intent is to let diverse users interoperate using standards under the H.320 umbrella. We will continue to provide connectivity services while standards are under development."
 As with many new standards, each manufacturer has implemented the H.320 elements in a slightly different way. Sprint has been testing equipment from various companies to identify and document operational characteristics and inconsistencies that surface using different configurations (i.e. different transmission speeds or network interfaces). This testing makes it possible for Sprint to assist its customers in an operational environment.
 The value-added services Sprint will provide to its videoconferencing customers include:
 -- testing and troubleshooting;
 -- how to configure codecs, if required;
 -- what to do when a connection drops and transmission is
 interrupted; and
 -- codec conversions between a standards-based codec and a
 codec using a proprietary algorithm.
 In its first phase of implementation of H.320 elements, Sprint will support equipment made by GPT, Compression Labs, Inc. (CLI), PictureTel and VTel in its Sprint Meeting Channel and Switched Video Service Bureau services.
 Sprint is a world leader in videoconferencing with connectivity to thousands of rooms world-wide and more than 10 years of continuous videoconferencing experience. Sprint began supporting interoperability between videoconferencing sites with the implementation of its codec conversion services in the early '80s. Sprint's most recent product in support of the move toward ubiquitous connectivity is the Switched Video Service Bureau, which links sites on different carriers' and organizations' networks and sites using incompatible equipment.
 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 6 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 Meeting Channel is a service mark./
 /CONTACT: Norman Black or Steve Dykes of Sprint, Sprint Booth No. 3006 at ICA, 214-745-1287/88, or at the Adolphus Hotel, 214-742-8200, or Cellular Phone, 202-374-5043/
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