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Sprint Provides Innovative Layer 2 Services to Burlington Resources; Burlington Resources Selects SprintLink Frame Relay(TM) for Domestic, International Use.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint today announced that Burlington Resources Inc. , one of the world's largest independent oil and gas companies, has selected SprintLink Frame Relay(TM) service for domestic and international implementation. Last week, Sprint introduced three products based on L2TPv3 technology, SprintLink Frame Relay(TM), SprintLink Packet Private Line(TM) and SprintLink Virtual LAN Services(TM).

Sprint is the first global provider to offer products based on Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol Version 3 (L2TPv3) -- an emerging industry standard, which is a feature of Cisco IOS(R) Software.

"L2TPv3 was pioneered by Cisco working collaboratively with Sprint, offering enterprise customers the opportunity to maximize existing investments in their legacy frame relay and ATM infrastructures, while tapping the power, flexibility and security of Sprint's global IP network," said John Dupree, area vice president - Sales, Southwest Region, Sprint.

"SprintLink Frame Relay provides a seamless migration path to an end-to- end IP VPN. Customers can migrate individual sites at their own pace, with simplicity and minimal cost. We're pleased to work with Cisco to deliver efficient, secure and reliable solutions for companies like Burlington Resources."

According to IDC Research,* many enterprises are still adopting a "wait- and-see" approach with IP services and report that L2TPv3 technology provides an opportunity for enterprises with legacy frame relay infrastructure to consider the value proposition of IP platforms before migrating to IP VPNs.

The strategic relationship between Sprint and Cisco builds on a long- standing relationship between these telecommunications and networking industry leaders to forge strong sales, joint marketing and technology ties well into the future. Sprint and Cisco have teamed up in sales and marketing efforts to deliver a wide range of equipment and services to customers. Initially, the companies are focusing on jointly selling IP-based and broadband services, including dedicated IP, IP VPN and IP telephony. A key differentiator of this relationship is the Technology Advisory Board, which is composed of Sprint and Cisco subject-matter experts who actively manage technology initiatives.

About Sprint

Sprint is a global communications company serving more than 26 million business and residential customers in over 70 countries. With approximately 72,000 employees worldwide and nearly $27 billion in annual revenues, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the- art network technologies, including the United States' first nationwide all- digital, fiber-optic network and an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint provides local voice and data services in 18 states and operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States.

*IDC Research statement offered by Renee Gamble, senior analyst, Asia/Pacific IP and Broadband Services.

CONTACT: Media, Katrina Bawcom of Sprint, +1-972-405-5544, katrina.bawcom@mail.sprint.com , or James Bartlett of Burlington Resources Inc., +1-713-624-9354

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