Ascend Communications Inc.,

Dec. 1, 1996

Ascend Communications Inc.,

Alameda, CA, and IXC Communications Inc., Austin, TX, have scheduled an Internet technical trial to transmit data using Synchronous Optical Network Internet Protocol technologies at OC-3 speeds of 155 Mbits/sec. The trial could mean faster access to the World Wide Web, as well as file sharing, video exchange and access to other Internet information resources.

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