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From: Nick Soveiko <Nick.Soveiko@p52.f118.n5020.z2.fidonet.org>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 97 18:35:55 +0000
Subject: mci/rostelecom deal
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MCI TO SUPPLY RUSSIA'S ROSTELECOM WITH INTERNET ACCESS; ISP AND DIAL-UP
SERVICE PLANNED BY ROSTELECOM THIS YEAR
Rye Brook, NY--May 14, 1997--MCI today announced that it has been
chosen by Rostelecom, the international telecommunications operator of
Russia, to provide the largest Internet access connection ever
installed to Russia. The connection is equivalent to transferring
approximately 500 pages of text every second.
Rostelecom is planning to provide access for the first stage of its
Internet Project through MCI. The purpose of the project is to provide
Internet services to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and individual
users in Russia.
Greg Libertiny, MCI area director, CIS and the Baltic Republics,
said, "MCI is pleased to participate in this strategic initiative
which will further increase the range of services available to
consumers and businesses in Russia. This Internet project will not
only advance the telecommunications infrastructure in Russia, it will
also lead to strategic opportunities in the educational and commercial
sectors of the country."
Vladislav Vasin, first vice president of Rostelecom, said "The
provision of Internet access through the Denmark-Russia, ITUR and RJK
fiber optic cables allows for the first time the closing and
completion of the world's Internet ring. This year, Rostelecom and MCI
will install four (2 megabit) E-1 circuits to MCI's 622 megabit
Internet backbone via the TAT 12 and 13, Denmark-Russia One Moscow
cable systems. We will also install with MCI two E-1 circuits to the
MCI backbone via the Columbus II and ITUR Moscow cables. In 1998,
Rostelecom and MCI will install two E-1 circuits via the Pacific Ocean
RJK cable to Khabarovsk in the Eastern part of Russia, completing the
world Internet ring."
MCI operates the fastest and largest Internet network in the world,
with superior overall network capacity on a 622 mbps (OC-12) backbone.
MCI has 77 countries connected to its internetMCI backbone.
Russia has an estimated 21,940 Internet web sites and 220,000
connections to the Internet according to the ITU's World
Telecommunications Development Report 1996/7. The report also
estimates that there are 1.77 personal computers per 100 inhabitants
In addition to internetMCI connections, MCI offers a broad range of
services in Russia including ISDN International Direct Dialing, "Home
Direct" Calling (MCI WorldPhone), collect calling with
Russian-speaking MCI operators, debit calling cards and international
AO Rostelecom is the primary international telecommunications carrier
of the Russian Federation. Headquartered in Moscow, the company
provides services to 210 countries. Services include international
voice, telegraph services, data transmission services, video services,
leased lines, transit services, radio and TV transmission and wireless
services. The services are provided both by AO Rostelecom directly and
by a number of private companies with Rostelecom participation.
Revenue for 1996 was more than $2 billion U.S. During 1996, the
world's longest digital microwave link was completed. TSL connects the
Eastern part of Russia with the Western part, across 12 time zones and
with links through the Ukraine with Italy and Turkey.
MCI, headquartered in Washington, D.C., provides a full range of
integrated communication services to more than 20 million customers.
Credited with opening up the U.S. long distance market for
competition, MCI is now leading the charge to bring competition to the
$100 billion local market, offering American consumers for the first
time the freedom to choose their local carrier. With 1996 revenue of
more than $18.5 billion, MCI is one of the largest and fastest growing
telecommunication companies in the world. On November 3, 1996, MCI
announced a definitive agreement to merge with BT to form Concert, the
world's first global communications company.
# # #
International internetMCI fact sheet
MCI provides direct internetMCI backbone connections to 77 countries
around the world.
The internetMCI backbone has tripled its traffic in the last year and
now handles about 120 terabytes of information each week.
Almost half of the traffic handled by internetMCI terminates on
International connections to the internetMCI backbone are growing at
about 15 percent each month.
International access to internetMCI:
* Dedicated internetMCI access is available anywhere in the world
through MCI International private lines at speeds from 64 kilobits
a second to 45 megabits/second.
* Flat rate pricing is available for any International InternetMCI
connection through MCI International private lines
Dedicated international access to internetMCI includes:
Registered IP Address Assignment
Network Time Protocol (NTP)
Usage Reporting per port
Autonomous System Number (ASN) Registry
Optional Internet services available from MCI
MCI offers a complete turnkey solution, including international
circuits servers, routers, software and training.
Copyright 1997, MCI Telecommunications Corporation. All Rights
Reserved. The names, logos, taglines and icons identifying MCI's
products and services are proprietary marks of MCI Communications
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