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STENTOR AND MCI FIRST WITH CROSS-BORDER ADVANTAGE VNET SERVICE

 TORONTO, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Canada's nine major telephone companies, under the Stentor Alliance, and MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC), are now able to provide their business customers with the first seamless, international virtual corporate network in the world, known as Advantage VNet service.
 Shell Canada is the first Canadian company to use this service under a current market trial. Domtar Inc. and Weyerhaeuser Canada Ltd. will use the service soon. More than 15 national customers have indicated they will subscribe to Advantage VNet upon receipt of regulatory approval for commercial introduction.
 In addition, Canadian businesses will soon(A) be able to enjoy the many features and advantages of the virtual corporate network combined with a flexible, cheaper, easy-to-understand rate structure.
 The Stentor companies plan to provide business customers with a single, unique business long distance service by applying rate structures similar to those announced last month for their enhanced Advantage plan(A) to the new virtual corporate network. The rate structure, based on volume discounts and flat tariffs by zones, will apply to all long-distance telecommunications in Canada and to the United States.
 To underscore this unique combination of rates and features and to emphasize the seamless interface with MCI's VNet service, Stentor has renamed this service from VCN to Advantage VNet.
 Stentor and MCI forged an alliance last September to jointly develop advanced voice and data services for customers on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border using common intelligent network platforms. Only six months later, the Stentor owner companies are ready to deliver an enhanced, feature-rich, virtual corporate network service.
 The Stentor companies' virtual corporate network service, known as Advantage VNet, is a software-based network service which provides the benefits of a private network at a much lower cost and with greater flexibility. Companies can save up to 50 percent, or more, of their long distance costs, depending upon their calling patterns and the service to which they currently subscribe.
 Advantage VNet customers can create and control their own unique corporate-wide networks among all their locations. Customers can do such things as: look inside their networks and monitor traffic flows; change the actual layout of the network to meet their up-to-the-minute needs; and choose centralized or location-based billing so they can better analyze, understand and ultimately, control costs. A central customer information base results in reduced delays for network configuration and reprogramming.
 "Advantage VNet provides a high level of functionality and flexibility unsurpassed by any competitive service available in the market," said Bob Kearney, chairman of the Stentor Council of CEOs. "Others have visions of new services, but they don't always materialize. We had the vision six months ago of a seamless North American virtual corporate network. Our competitors copied that vision. We delivered on it. Meanwhile, they're still making promises
about future availability. "A nd ext," Kearney added, "we're going to deliver a brand new context for long distance by creating a single network for business customers, with unique features, flexibility and rates."
 Through the Stentor-MCI alliance, customers in both Canada and the United States will be able to integrate their locations across the border into their virtual network. Canadian companies can add their U.S. offices to their Advantage VNet network and have the same features in every location. The "seamless" network means service is the same on either side of the border.
 MCI Communications Corporation, headquartered in Washington, offers a full range of domestic and global telecommunications services. The company, with 1992 revenue of more than $10 billion, is the second largest U.S. long distance provider, with more than 60 offices in 55 countries and places.
 Stentor, an alliance of Canada's nine major telephone companies, provides customers with uniform leading-edge products and service excellence across Canada and internationally. The nine partners are: B.C. Tel; AGT Limited; SaskTel; Manitoba Telephone System; Bell Canada; NB Tel; Maritime Telephone & Telegraph; Island Tel and Newfoundland Telephone.
 (A) Subject to regulatory approval.
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 /CONTACT: Joanne Staley, director-communications, 613-781-3301, or Maureen MacDonald, 613-781-3332, both of Stentor; or Pamela Small of MCI, 800-289-0073 or 202-887-3000/
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