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SPRINT TO PROVIDE FIRST DIGITAL INTERCONTINENTAL LINK WITH ROMANIA

 WASHINGTON, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) and ROMTELECOM R.A., Romania's national telecommunications administration, today announced the first digital link between Romania and locations outside of the European continent via Intelsat digital satellite circuits.
 The new service was launched today in an inaugural ceremony in Bucharest, attended by the Romanian Minister of Communications, Andrei Chirica, the U.S. Ambassador to Romania, His Excellency John R. Davis, Jr. and ROMTELECOM president Dumitru Anghelescu, and general manager -- Technical -- Dan Paul Stefanescu, in addition to representatives from Sprint.
 The digital link with Romania will increase that country's capacity for intercontinental voice traffic between Romania and the United States as well as other worldwide destinations. It will improve calling quality between these countries and Romania and also provides a platform for implementing advanced services such as video teleconferencing and private line services.
 Available immediately, the new service sends calls via digital satellite circuits to a switching facility in Bucharest, which functions as the country's international gateway, automatically routing international calls nationwide within Romania. Satellite transmission will be provided via arrangement with Intelsat.
 For the more than 500,000 Romanians in the United States, the new digital link will improve the international transmission quality of calls to family members and business associates in Romania. To reach Romania, callers can dial "011" for an international line, "40" to reach Romania, the city code and the local telephone number.
 "Sprint is aggressively pursuing cooperative business ventures in Central and Eastern Europe in order to facilitate the rapid modernization of the telecommunications infrastructures in these countries," said Gian Franco Bucelli, vice president and general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Sprint International, Sprint's global telecommunications subsidiary.
 "Telecommunications provides the common link between world markets, and Sprint's technology is playing an increasingly visible role linking the new democracies of Europe with the global marketplace," he said.
 In the former republics of the Soviet Union, Sprint installed the first packet-switched data communications center when it formed its Russian joint venture in 1990, Sprint Networks, giving Russian users direct communications links with computers in more than 100 countries via interconnection with the SprintNet global value-added network. Last year, Sprint also provided the first direct dial voice telephone service between the United States and the 12 CIS republics.
 In Central Europe, Sprint last year was selected to provide a nationwide packet-switched data communications network and electronic messaging system to the PKP Polish state railways, and earlier was chosen to provide a 100-node network for Poland's largest bank, Powszechna Kasa Oszczednosci, b.p. (PKO). Sprint also is currently in discussions to provide value-added communications services to other Eastern European telecommunications companies.
 Sprint is a $10.4 billion international telecommunications company, providing voice, video and data networking solutions to the world's commercial, government and financial centers. Sprint operates fiber-optic and value-added networks that are among the world's largest, and maintains offices on six continents through its more than 50 subsidiaries, joint ventures and distributor partners.
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 /NOTE: SprintNet is a registered trademark./
 /CONTACT: Janis Langley of Sprint, 202-828-7427, or after hours, 703-533-3322, or Constantin Sofronie, Romanian Ministry of Communications, +011-40-1-400-1737/
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