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Forwarded message: > From: Robert D. Collet Sprint GSD <firstname.lastname@example.org> > To: email@example.com > Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com > Subject: SprintLink Commercial Availability Announced > > Posted: Wed, Jul 22, 1992 9:53 AM CDT Msg: GGJC-4424-8775 > >From: CORP.RELATIONS > To: sprint.news > CC: north.test > Subj: Commercial Data Internet Svc. > > > > Forwarded message: > Contacts: Janis Langley, (O) 202-828-7427; (H) 703-533-3322 > Vince Hovanec, (O) 202-828-7423; (H) 202-387-1496 > > For Immediate Release > > SPRINT ANNOUNCES A COMMERCIAL DATA INTERNET SERVICE > > WASHINGTON, D.C., July 22, 1992 -- Sprint today announced > commercial availability of SprintLink(sm), the first commercial > Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)-based > data transmission service offered by a national long distance > carrier. SprintLink is a router-based network supporting the > TCP/IP protocol suite for data communications. > SprintLink is part of the company's expanding service to the > business, scientific and research communities. It complements > Sprint's frame relay and SprintNet(R) (X.25) services for computer > and local area network (LAN) interconnection. SprintLink also > provides access to the Internet, a group of about 8,000 > interconnected data networks in more than 80 countries serving > government, academic and research organizations. > "SprintLink demonstrates the benefits of technological > collaboration between government and industry," said Chris Rooney, > president, Government Systems Division. "The extension of this > new service will generate commercial applications and will help > American business and government be more productive and creative." > SprintLink grew from Sprint's expertise in TCP/IP and > international networking. In early 1991, Sprint began providing > and managing a network to link the National Science Foundation's > U.S. computer communications network (NSFnet) with the French > scientific and research network, INRIA, at Sophia-Antipoles in > southern France, and the Scandinavian scientific and research > network, NORDUNet, in Stockholm. > Sprint has since added to its NSFnet interconnections links > to Japan and the United Kingdom. Additional connections are > currently planned to South Africa and to numerous Latin American > and Caribbean countries. > In February, Sprint introduced SprintLink to government > agencies. Since that introduction, SprintLink has attracted more > than a half-dozen major customers. > During the next year, Sprint plans to add gateways to > Sprint's X.25 public data network, SprintNet, to allow SprintNet > users to access SprintLink, both nationally and internationally. > Sprint will also connect its frame relay service to SprintLink > thus allowing Sprint's frame relay customers access to the global > Internet and to enable management of routers connected to Sprint's > frame relay in an integrated manner. Sprint plans to offer > SprintLink on a dial-up basis. > SprintLink is accessible via dedicated lines from all of the > company's 270-plus domestic points-of-presence. Customers can > access the service at speeds ranging from 9.6 kbps to T1 (1.5 > mbps). Customers also can maximize use of a T1 line by combining > multiple voice and data services, including SprintLink, on that > line, a feature available only through Sprint. SprintLink is > priced at a flat monthly rate according to port speed for each > location. > Sprint is a member of the board of directors of the > Commercial Internet Exchange (CIX) Association, a cooperative > effort among public data internetwork (PDI) service providers to > promote the fair, open and competitive operations of IP-based > networking. Other members include General Atomics, which operates > CERFnet; Performance Systems International, Inc., which operates > PSINet; and UUNET Technologies, Inc., which operates AlterNET. > Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications > company with $8.9 billion in annual revenues and the United > States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network. Its > divisions provide global long distance voice, data and video > products and services, and local telephone services to more than 4 > million subscriber lines in 17 states. > - 30 - > JL/BG > 072292 > > For more information call Marti Kiser at 703-904-2156 or send e-mail to: > firstname.lastname@example.org > > ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gleason Sackman BBS: email@example.com Coordinator Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org SENDIT - NoDak's K-12 Telcom Network Bitnet: email@example.com BOX 5164, NDSU Computer Center Voice: (701)237-8109 Fargo, ND 58105 Fax: (701)237-8541