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X.400 QUERY BY MAIL DIRECTORY SERVICE PILOT

 X.400 QUERY BY MAIL DIRECTORY SERVICE PILOT
 WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- MaxCom USA, Inc. and Vector


Directory Services of Lexington, Mass., announced today a pilot directory service for the electronic mail industry. E-mail users can send an X.400 message requesting information on how to reach and establish connections to corporate e-mail systems.
 MaxCom, a supplier of international public electronic messaging services and private e-mail systems, is providing the switching facility that receives directory queries in the form of an X.400 message. Inquiries sent to MaxCom's facility via Infonet, or over any of the 20 U.S. and international e-mail services connected to Infonet, are routed to Vector for handling.
 Vector processes requests sent to its "DIREQUERY" mailbox, and returns information about private e-mail systems, including: Who to contact at other corporations to set up an e-mail connection, what kind of e-mail system they operate (X.400, Internet, etc.) and their gateway capabilities and operating policies. Vector currently has listing information on corporations with over 1.2 million users of e-mail in the U.S., including companies using X.400, Internet, and MHS Hubs.
 Directory query-by-mail is growing in importance throughout private industry. Bob Yost, who manages Digital Equipment Corporation's internal e-mail system, also chairs an Electronic Mail Association subcommittee that is recommending the use of query-by-mail. "Digital has found that store and forward messaging for directory look-ups is a vital management tool that can solve important problems today, and leading user companies of e-mail are encouraging its adoption," said Yost.
 Maxcom is providing X.400 connectivity for the pilot through Infonet Services Corporation's worldwide ADMD. "Vector's directory service of corporations act as a global yellow pages that supports store and forward business applications for intercompany activities while maintaining corporate privacy and security," said Bill Wolfe, director of marketing for Infonet.
 The primary purpose of the new trial is to gain experience with query-by-mail formats, and to provide e-mail system management information to the industry when X.500 is still years away. William A. Lucas, Vector's president, stressed, "This trial will give a large community of e-mail users the opportunity to experiment with electronic access to our e-mail management database. MaxCom, with over eight years of global messaging experience, offers flexible service, extensive international reach, and is a perfect vehicle for this use."
 MaxCom's president, James Astle, said, "Giving users access to Vector's database is a first! E-mail managers increasingly need to know how to connect via e-mail with new trading partners. Making Vector's database more widely available makes it easier for e-mail managers to set up inter-company communications."
 Vector Director Services, Inc. publishes a print directory of public and private mail systems including e-mail contacts, types of gateways, standard user address formats, hours of operation, and other e-mail capabilities and policies. Vector also provides professional services supporting the design and operation of e-mail directories.
 MaxCom develops and markets electronic mail systems including the Maxlink International Public Service for e-mail, telex, binary file transfer and facsimile applications, and the COMET family of Store and Forward software products for DEC platforms.
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 /CONTACT: James C. Astle, MaxCom USA, Inc., 617-890-8822, or William A. Lucas, Vector Directory Services, 617-862-7607/ CO: MaxCom USA, Inc.; Vector Directory Services ST: Massachusetts IN: CPR SU: JVN


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