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SPRINT TO PROVIDE UNILEVER WITH GLOBAL MESSAGING SERVICE

 SPRINT TO PROVIDE UNILEVER WITH GLOBAL MESSAGING SERVICE
 ATLANTA, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) today announced it will provide an international backbone electronic mail service for Unilever, one of the world's largest multinational corporations with annual revenues of $40 billion and more than 292,000 employees worldwide.
 The multi-year agreement calls for the development of a global electronic messaging capability that initially will link the Office Automation Systems (OAS) and Local Area Networks (LANs) of 29 Unilever locations on four continents. Sprint also will provide Unilever with a corporate electronic mail directory service, a centralized updated listing of all Unilever E-mail users.
 SprintMail messaging services, accessible through the SprintNet global data network, will provide universal connectivity, automatic translation and routing for more than 15,000 users of Unilever's many E-mail systems, which include DEC All-In-1, IBM PROFS, Wang Office, Memo and cc:Mail. Initial implementation will include 29 strategic Unilever companies located in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, the Netherlands, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
 Unilever users on IBM systems -- such as PROFS and DISOSS -- can send messages in their native mode over the network using Sprint Message Xchange (SMX). Sprint's SMX for LANs performs a similar function for Unilever's LAN users. Other OAS E-mail systems can be connected directly to SprintNet using the X.400 protocol, the standard recommended by the CCITT for universal message exchange.
 In addition to enabling Unilever's private system users to exchange messages, the network also lets Unilever users communicate with users on the SprintMail public network and with users on the other public systems connected to SprintMail. Messages also may be delivered to telex devices and facsimile machines worldwide.
 The Sprint messaging service also will provide Unilever with a universally accessible corporate E-mail directory that will be structured against the guidelines currently being developed for X.500, the evolving standard that will enable users of all electronic messaging systems to exchange user directories and information.
 "With its widely dispersed offices and operations around the world, Unilever needed a data communications service provider with a strong global infrastructure and the ability to provide local service and support to its users wherever they are located," said Paolo Guidi, president of Sprint International, Sprint's international telecommunications subsidiary.
 "Sprint is uniquely able to meet Unilever's requirements by providing access to SprintNet from more than 100 countries and through our subsidiaries and offices worldwide," he said.
 "Unilever chose Sprint as its global electronic mail integrator based on their track record in the delivery of messaging solutions," said Nick White, head of worldwide telecommunications for Unilever. "We needed a supplier with a clear commitment to providing a service that could integrate existing proprietary mail systems and support our strategic direction towards open systems."
 Unilever last year selected Sprint as its exclusive provider of pan-European managed data network services, and as exclusive provider of both voice and data services to Unilever's U.S. subsidiaries including X.25 packet switching, international private line, frame relay and TCP/IP (Internet protocol) services.
 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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 /NOTE: SprintMail and SprintNet are registered trademarks./
 /CONTACT: Janis Langley, Sprint Booth No. 1410, (hotel) 404-659-2000; Steve Dykes, Sprint Booth No. 1410, (hotel) 404-659-2000; or Vince Hovanec of Sprint, 202-828-7423, or after hours, 202-387-1496/
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