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MCI Worldcom Launches Hong Kong-based Asian ISP

MCI WorldCom, Inc. has launched Internet services for businesses in the Asia-Pacific region that will be available through MCI WorldCom's UUNET division.

"As one of the world's leading Internet communications companies, MCI WorldCom provides comprehensive and reliable Internet-based solutions to enable Asia's businesses," said John Sidgmore, vice chairman of MCI WorldCom.

"We are committed to investing in and utilizing leading-edge technologies to develop and enhance the region's capabilities as a major international Internet hub, to help drive and empower the Asia Pacific."

According MCI WorldCom, the company will base its UUNET Asia-Pacific operations in Hong Kong with the aim of helping develop Hong Kong and Asia's Internet infrastructure, and transform the region's capabilities as a major international Internet gateway.

The first phase of MCI WorldCom's Asia network is now operational in Hong Kong, in Japan through a new office, and in Australia through its acquisition of OzEmail.

MCI WorldCom plans to introduce its Internet services across other countries in Asia in the course of the next year.

"As a world leader in business Internet service and technologies, UUNET will enable companies across the region to fully realize the capabilities of the Internet," said Marc Sheldon, managing director of UUNET Asia Pacific.

UUNET will be the third American ISP to establish a regional presence after AT&T and PSINet.