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23 June 1998

....reducing connection costs and providing secure, reliable
connection to the home LAN...


WorldCom Advanced Networks today announced that it is to
provide Hitachi Europe with a remote access solution to
enable travelling executives to dial into the home LAN
(Local Area Network) from anywhere around the world reliably
and securely.

Hitachi predicts that the £50,000 project will pay for
itself in the first six months of full operation. Savings
will be made in costs of hotel telephone bills and user
time. The system will go live in the next 6 months.

Richard Bromberg, European IT Group Manager, Hitachi Europe
Ltd, said: "Many of our staff around the world have terrible
difficulty trying to connect to the home LAN. Too much time
is wasted trying to get a line which then runs too slowly
and inevitably drops when the connection is made. Now with
the WorldCom Advanced Networks solution we have a network
which is reliable and secure with the added bonus of cheaper
calls."

Hitachi Europe has purchased the NT Link solution, based on
the Windows NT Server Remote Access Service (RAS) version
3.51. The solution will enable remote workers to access
files and printers on the home LAN and run applications
across a remote network. It will also allow them to send and
receive email and provide input for month end reporting
requirements.

WorldCom Advanced Networks fought off competition from BT
Global Networks, AT&T and Advantis and was chosen for its
proven track record.

Bromberg continued, "The others were close contenders but I
previously worked with Hays Management Group and I witnessed
the implementation of a CompuServe Network Services
solution. I was very impressed with the speed of
implementation and the fact that it worked first time."

The project will be based in Maidenhead, UK, and Munich,
Germany, and will support 500 Hitachi remote users. The
solution will replace a combined system of Shiva LAN Rover
and ISDN circuits.

Andrew Carver, managing director, WorldCom Advanced Networks
Europe, said "Large companies in sectors ranging from
manufacturing to banking have more and more remote users who
need to link back to the home LAN when travelling. Firms
need to focus on their core business, not worry about
escalating costs of bad connections. That's what we are able
to deliver."

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Notes to editors:

About Hitachi Europe Ltd

Hitachi Europe Ltd is a wholly owned subsiduary of Hitachi
Ltd Japan. It has operations throughout Europe which
provides sales, marketing, technical support and research
and development.

About WorldCom Advanced Networks

WorldCom Advanced Networks, a leading global network
integrator provides customers with complete fully
integrated, Internet, Intranet and Extranet connectivity
solutions in 114 countries.

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