Williams Communications completes its OC-48 IP backbone network

Mar. 28, 2001--Williams Communications, a provider of broadband services for bandwidth-centric customers, recently completed the build of its OC-48 Internet protocol network.

Williams Communications (NYSE:WCG), a provider of broadband services for bandwidth-centric customers, recently completed the build of its OC-48 Internet protocol network, announced last year as part of the company's capital expenditure plan. Designed and built by IP industry veterans, the Williams IP network is a nationwide, legacy-free, OC-48 backbone network which utilizes packet over SONET technology to offer customers high-speed, scalable and cost-efficient access to the Internet.

Customers may choose to access the Williams Communications IP backbone via several methods, including packet over SONET, ATM, frame relay and private line, and can enter the network through any of Williams Communications' 115+ colocation facilities. Additional on-ramps are available through relationships Williams has with neutral colocation providers Colo.com, Equinix and other major data center and colocation providers.

In addition, the Williams Communications IP network also offers global Internet reach to Mexico, South America, Australia and Asia.

Williams Communications uses Keynote Perspective measurements to benchmark itself against major sites located on other backbone providers and Keynote Diagnostic Perspective to detect and diagnose multi-network problems quickly. Keynote Systems, (Nasdaq:KEYN) is a provider of website performance measurement and management services.

Williams Communications focuses on enabling long-distance and local carriers, Internet service providers, and applications service providers, to be successful in the markets they serve by providing them with a full range of network services. Williams Communications recently completed construction on its 33,000-mile next-generation network one full year ahead of schedule. The Williams Communications network, the largest among non-legacy providers, connects 125 U.S. cities and 100 countries.

About Williams Communications Group, Inc.:

Williams Communications, through its subsidiary Williams Communications, LLC, is a North American carrier-focused fiber-optic network. For more information, visit www.williams.com and www.williamscommunications.com.

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