LDDS WorldCom turns up frame relay service to Sydney, Australia

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- LDDS WorldCom continues its commitment to the international data communications needs of its customers with the announcement of frame relay service to Australia.

The announcement was made today by French Scott, LDDS WorldCom product manager for International Services. Scott is in Auckland to participate in a forum on international frame relay at Communications '95, a conference sponsored by the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ). LDDS WorldCom (combining WilTel, IDB WorldCom and LDDS Communications), the first telecommunications company to offer public frame relay service, has chosen Sydney, Australia, as the newest international location on the LDDS WorldCom Data Concourse.

The service, provided across the U.S. since 1991, also is available in selected markets in Asia, Europe and elsewhere in North America. "LDDS WorldCom has long been dedicated to providing its customers with end-to-end solutions to their telecommunications needs," Scott said. "Frame relay service to Australia is an important step toward providing these solutions on a global scale." Sydney joins Tokyo and Hong Kong as economic centers in the Pacific Rim that offer LDDS WorldCom frame relay service, emphasizing the company's expanding presence in the world's most dynamic business markets.

"Frame relay is one of the most cost-effective solutions to business telecommunication needs," Scott said. "With more U.S. companies establishing business alliances throughout the Pacific Rim daily, Sydney is an ideal site for extension of the LDDS WorldCom frame relay network." Current LDDS WorldCom frame relay customers are using frame relay service to the Pacific Rim for a variety of applications, including e-mail, database access and file transfer between corporate offices. As with LDDS WorldCom frame relay service offered to Canada, Mexico and Europe, port speeds from 56K to 1.536Mbps and E1 are available, as well as PVCs of 16K, 32K, 48K, and 64K up to 1.024Mbps in 64K increments.

One of the four largest telecommunications companies in the United States, LDDS WorldCom offers domestic and international voice, data and video products and services to business customers, other carriers and the residential market. It operates a digital fiber optic netwok and has worldwide network capacity. The common shares of WorldCom Inc. trade on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol WCOM.