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STENTOR AND MCI PARTNER TO INTRODUCEA SEAMLESS INTERNATIONAL FRAME RELAY SERVICE

 WASHINGTON, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Canada's nine major telephone companies under the Stentor Alliance and MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC), today announced they will provide their business customers with an international capability to link local area networks (LANs) across the Canada-U.S. border.
 Stentor and MCI forged an alliance last September designed to jointly develop the same advanced voice and data services for customers on both sides of the Canadian-U.S. border utilizing a common intelligent network platforms. The first data service to be available on this "seamless" network is frame relay, according to the two companies.
 By linking each company's frame relay service, both Stentor and MCI will be able to meet business customers' demand for international connection of high-speed, high-capacity, corporatewide data networks throughout both Canada and the United States.
 Initially, MCI and Stentor will provide cross-border connection of their respective frame relay services to data customers through a single point of contact in either company to link U.S. and Canadian data networks.
 Plans call for full integration of MCI's HyperStream frame relay network service with the Stentor companies' frame relay service, known as Impac, by the third quarter this year. This will provide customers on both sides of the border with the same features, functions and network management capabilities. It will also aid both companies in future joint development of cross-border advanced data services, as well as sharing the network management resources to support them cost-efficiently.
 "Through our alliance with MCI, we make it easier for our customers to do business on an international basis," said Bob Kearney, chairman of the Stentor Alliance. "The business world is no longer limited to operating within national boundaries. We know our customers who want this service will want it to cross international boundaries. Through our alliance with MCI we are looking for elegant ways to connect our networks."
 "Customers are demanding seamless global communications services that provide the same features regardless of the country location," said Daniel F. Akerson, MCI president and chief operating officer. "Our data network efforts with Stentor are an important first step toward meeting customer requirements for integrated, advanced data networking capabilities across the Canadian/U.S. border, and in the future, around the world," Akerson added.
 Frame relay service is a fast packet-switched service designed to connect local area networks (LANs) located in different geographical areas. The service is designed to provide high-speed, on demand links for "bursty" data transmissions which use high amounts of bandwidth in a short period of time. In effect, frame relay acts as a "pay-as-you-use" wide area network.
 The network will benefit geographically dispersed offices that require data networking connectivity between their local area networks (LANs) and between LANs and host computers.
 Frame relay services combine the advantages of packet-mode networking (e.g. flexible connectivity, cost effectiveness, high reliability and availability) with the advantages of digital private line services (e.g. high speed, low delay and network security).
 Subject to regulatory approval, which was applied for in December 1992, the partner companies plan to introduce Impac in May, and the new international Impac service as a limited trial in June, with full service in the fourth quarter of 1993.
 MCI first introduced frame relay on an intelligent data platform in June 1992 and rolled out an enhanced HyperStream frame relay service in February, 1993.
 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 services and service excellence across Canada and internationally. The nine partners are: BC Tel, AGT Limited, SaskTel, Manitoba Telephone System, Bell Canada, NB Tel, Maritime Telephone & Telegraph, Island Telephone and Newfoundland Telephone.
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 /CONTACT: MCI Communications Corporation, 800-289-0073 or 202-887-3000; or Joanne Stanley, 613-746-9219, or Maureen MacDonald, 613-781-3332, both of Stentor/
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