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STENTOR AND MCI FORM STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO CREATE FULLY INTEGRATED U.S./CANADIAN NETWORK, DEVELOP ADVANCED NETWORK SERVICES

STENTOR AND MCI FORM STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO CREATE FULLY INTEGRATED
 U.S./CANADIAN NETWORK, DEVELOP ADVANCED NETWORK SERVICES
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC) and Stentor, an alliance of the major Canadian telephone companies, today announced a strategic initiative creating the first fully integrated international network linking the United States and Canada.
 The U.S./Canadian alliance calls for MCI to license its intelligent network platform to Stentor for a one-time amount of $150 million (U.S.). The MCI platform is the basis for advanced products and services including MCI Vnet, MCI Vision and the popular residential service, MCI Friends & Family. Adoption of this platform enables Stentor to offer similar intelligent network services, as well as future services to be developed jointly, to customers in Canada.
 By establishing a fully integrated intelligent network, MCI and Stentor will be able to provide services with the same features and functionality regardless of the country location and also to rapidly develop and deploy new services.
 The companies will continue to jointly develop further enhancements to the common intelligent network platform, ensuring a robust portfolio of future intelligent network services. MCI has committed to spend between $150-$200 million (U.S.) on development of the platform.
 "The alliance between MCI and Stentor marks a significant industry milestone that will shape the development of future telecommunications services and technology in our countries," said Bert C. Roberts Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of MCI.
 "MCI has long been recognized for its strength as a marketing and technological leader," Roberts said. "Through our alliance with Stentor, we are creating a formidable presence in the North American marketplace. MCI looks forward to a long and profitable collaboration with Stentor as we continue mutually to develop the intelligent network platform and to create and market new products."
 "We need to do business like this," said Jean Monty, chairman of the Stentor Council of CEOs. "Many of our business customers are operating internationally. They need the assurance that the high quality national network that supports their business at home can expand to encompass the whole of North America. One of the reasons we created Stentor in the first place was to forge alliances like this and deliver that assurance."
 The agreement does not affect interconnections by either MCI or Stentor with other North American networks.
 MCI and Bell Canada, a key Stentor member, are partners with the Todd Corporation and Television New Zealand in Clear Communications, a long distance company in New Zealand.
 MCI, headquartered in Washington, offers a full range of domestic and global telecommunications services through one of the world's largest advanced networks. The company, with 1991 revenue of approximately $9.5 billion, is the second largest long distance provider in the U.S. and has more than 60 overseas offices in 55 countries.
 Stentor, an alliance of Canada's major telephone companies, provides customers leading edge products and services and service excellence across Canada and internationally. The nine Stentor partners are Bell Canada, BC TEL, AGT Limited, Sasktel, Manitoba Telephone System, NBTel, Maritime Telephone and Telegraph, Island Telephone and Newfoundland Telephone.
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