Williams Communications Completes Groundwork Infrastructure of MediaXtranet(SM), Provides Broadband Service Platform for Media, Entertainment Industries

Network, Media Center, Media Edges Create Interconnected Network Designed To

Unlock Value in Customers' Rich, Streaming Media Content



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Williams Communications

    TULSA, Okla., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Supporting its plans for the
 burgeoning broadband media marketplace, Williams Communications (NYSE:   WCG),
 through its Vyvx Broadband Media unit, today announced it has completed the
 groundwork infrastructure of its MediaXtranet(SM) services.  MediaXtranet is a
 system of network, hosting and navigation that gathers, manages and moves live
 and non-live rich media content for the broadband media and entertainment
 industries.  MediaXtranet provides a high-performance, secure private
 broadband network for business-to-business applications.
     MediaXtranet applications can benefit broadband content owners and
 providers spanning nearly every area of the media and entertainment
 industries.  Professional sports content owners can increase revenue by
 producing live events over broadband, developing personalized sports content
 and e-commerce opportunities, or offering an interactive, personalized sports
 experience for its end users.  Advertisers can increase efficiency by
 creating, editing and approving work as large media files in real time among
 multiple participants, as well as storing, searching and retrieving digital
 assets in a secure, interactive environment.  MediaXtranet will also benefit
 residential broadband service providers, enabling them to offer their end
 customers more and a greater variety of compelling, differentiated rich media
 content and interactive experiences.
     "Most of the major media companies are launching initiatives surrounding
 their rich media content," said Laura Kenny, president of Vyvx Broadband
 Media.  "MediaXtranet will help unlock the latent value of that content by
 significantly expanding content owners' ability to move, navigate and transact
 their content."
     MediaXtranet will also provide a platform for digital cinema -- the
 distribution of first-run motion pictures or other programming in digital-file
 form to digitally equipped theaters.  Vyvx showcased what is possible in
 digital cinema last November, when it provided a combined fiber-optic and
 satellite delivery, in a digital file format, of the Miramax film "Bounce"
 from Miramax Studios in Los Angeles to the AMC Empire 25 Theater in New York
 City.  Vyvx provided transmission services, network operations and monitoring
 services for the event, which was the first end-to-end combined fiber,
 satellite and digital delivery of a major motion picture.
     The current MediaXtranet infrastructure includes the first media center in
 Tulsa, Okla., and three media edge facilities.  The media center provides a
 centralized storage space for archiving and digital asset management, as well
 as serving content and broadband streams.  The media edge facilities,
 strategically placed in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, provide additional
 storage capacity, but are primarily used for gathering and distribution,
 caching, and points of customer connectivity.  Williams Communications
 designed the media centers and media edge facilities specifically for large
 capacity, broadcast-quality media content, integrating software and hardware
 from such vendors as Sun Microsystems, EMC, iPlanet, Inktomi, IBM, and Extreme
 Networks.  Additional media center and media edge locations will be
 commissioned according to careful consideration of service and traffic growth
 and based on customer needs -- in a success-based model, matching investment
 to near-term revenue opportunity.
     MediaXtranet is built on the foundation laid by Vyvx's 12 years of
 experience in distributing "mission-critical" live and non-live content for
 the media and entertainment industries.  Vyvx maintains unparalleled broadband
 connectivity to potential rich media content owners, including more than 100
 major professional sports venues, all major news and broadcast centers, more
 than 600 television stations, plus production houses, major studios and
 Williams Communications' network customers.  Complementing this broadband
 connectivity, the MediaXtranet utilizes Williams Communications' 33,000-mile
 fiber-optic network backbone, four regional teleports and satellite
 capabilities to form an interconnected high-capacity network for content
 owners.
     "We have 12 years of experience in managing video transmission.  On
 average, we move 40-50 Terabytes every day of studio-quality media -- this
 translates to a unique understanding of the mission-critical needs of the news
 and entertainment industry," Kenny said.  "By combining our experience in
 moving video, our unmatched customer service record, unrivaled connectivity to
 content owners and our extensive network backbone, we will offer our customers
 the services and applications that will allow them to succeed with their
 broadband initiatives."
     On March 30, Williams Communications announced it would be spun off by
 parent company Williams (NYSE:   WMB).  Williams will distribute approximately
 400 million shares of Williams Communications common stock to holders of
 Williams common stock as a tax-free dividend on the record date, which is 5
 p.m. Eastern Time on April 9. Distribution is to occur on April 23.
 
     About Williams Communications Group, Inc.
     Williams Communications, through its subsidiary Williams Communications,
 LLC, is North America's only exclusively carrier-focused fiber-optic network.
 Based in Tulsa, Okla., Williams Communications has offices in Europe and Asia
 and investments in South America and Australia.  Approximately 86 percent of
 WCG stock is held by Williams which, in 1985, became the first energy company
 to harness its core competency as a builder of networks to enable competition
 in the communications industry.  Additional information is available at
 www.williams.com and www.williamscommunications.com.
     All trademarks are the property of their owner.  Portions of this document
 may constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined by federal law.
 Although the company believes any such statements are based on reasonable
 assumptions, there is no assurance that actual outcomes will not be materially
 different.  Any such statements are made in reliance on the "safe harbor"
 protections provided under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
 1995.  Additional information about issues that could lead to material changes
 in performance is contained in the company's filings with the Securities and
 Exchange Commission.
 
      Contact:  Jeff Pounds
                Williams Communications (media)
                (918) 573-8920
                jeff.pounds@williams.com
 
                Patricia Kraft
                Williams Communications (investors)
                (918) 573-0649
                patricia.kraft@williams.com
 
 

SOURCE Williams Communications
    TULSA, Okla., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Supporting its plans for the
 burgeoning broadband media marketplace, Williams Communications (NYSE:   WCG),
 through its Vyvx Broadband Media unit, today announced it has completed the
 groundwork infrastructure of its MediaXtranet(SM) services.  MediaXtranet is a
 system of network, hosting and navigation that gathers, manages and moves live
 and non-live rich media content for the broadband media and entertainment
 industries.  MediaXtranet provides a high-performance, secure private
 broadband network for business-to-business applications.
     MediaXtranet applications can benefit broadband content owners and
 providers spanning nearly every area of the media and entertainment
 industries.  Professional sports content owners can increase revenue by
 producing live events over broadband, developing personalized sports content
 and e-commerce opportunities, or offering an interactive, personalized sports
 experience for its end users.  Advertisers can increase efficiency by
 creating, editing and approving work as large media files in real time among
 multiple participants, as well as storing, searching and retrieving digital
 assets in a secure, interactive environment.  MediaXtranet will also benefit
 residential broadband service providers, enabling them to offer their end
 customers more and a greater variety of compelling, differentiated rich media
 content and interactive experiences.
     "Most of the major media companies are launching initiatives surrounding
 their rich media content," said Laura Kenny, president of Vyvx Broadband
 Media.  "MediaXtranet will help unlock the latent value of that content by
 significantly expanding content owners' ability to move, navigate and transact
 their content."
     MediaXtranet will also provide a platform for digital cinema -- the
 distribution of first-run motion pictures or other programming in digital-file
 form to digitally equipped theaters.  Vyvx showcased what is possible in
 digital cinema last November, when it provided a combined fiber-optic and
 satellite delivery, in a digital file format, of the Miramax film "Bounce"
 from Miramax Studios in Los Angeles to the AMC Empire 25 Theater in New York
 City.  Vyvx provided transmission services, network operations and monitoring
 services for the event, which was the first end-to-end combined fiber,
 satellite and digital delivery of a major motion picture.
     The current MediaXtranet infrastructure includes the first media center in
 Tulsa, Okla., and three media edge facilities.  The media center provides a
 centralized storage space for archiving and digital asset management, as well
 as serving content and broadband streams.  The media edge facilities,
 strategically placed in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, provide additional
 storage capacity, but are primarily used for gathering and distribution,
 caching, and points of customer connectivity.  Williams Communications
 designed the media centers and media edge facilities specifically for large
 capacity, broadcast-quality media content, integrating software and hardware
 from such vendors as Sun Microsystems, EMC, iPlanet, Inktomi, IBM, and Extreme
 Networks.  Additional media center and media edge locations will be
 commissioned according to careful consideration of service and traffic growth
 and based on customer needs -- in a success-based model, matching investment
 to near-term revenue opportunity.
     MediaXtranet is built on the foundation laid by Vyvx's 12 years of
 experience in distributing "mission-critical" live and non-live content for
 the media and entertainment industries.  Vyvx maintains unparalleled broadband
 connectivity to potential rich media content owners, including more than 100
 major professional sports venues, all major news and broadcast centers, more
 than 600 television stations, plus production houses, major studios and
 Williams Communications' network customers.  Complementing this broadband
 connectivity, the MediaXtranet utilizes Williams Communications' 33,000-mile
 fiber-optic network backbone, four regional teleports and satellite
 capabilities to form an interconnected high-capacity network for content
 owners.
     "We have 12 years of experience in managing video transmission.  On
 average, we move 40-50 Terabytes every day of studio-quality media -- this
 translates to a unique understanding of the mission-critical needs of the news
 and entertainment industry," Kenny said.  "By combining our experience in
 moving video, our unmatched customer service record, unrivaled connectivity to
 content owners and our extensive network backbone, we will offer our customers
 the services and applications that will allow them to succeed with their
 broadband initiatives."
     On March 30, Williams Communications announced it would be spun off by
 parent company Williams (NYSE:   WMB).  Williams will distribute approximately
 400 million shares of Williams Communications common stock to holders of
 Williams common stock as a tax-free dividend on the record date, which is 5
 p.m. Eastern Time on April 9. Distribution is to occur on April 23.
 
     About Williams Communications Group, Inc.
     Williams Communications, through its subsidiary Williams Communications,
 LLC, is North America's only exclusively carrier-focused fiber-optic network.
 Based in Tulsa, Okla., Williams Communications has offices in Europe and Asia
 and investments in South America and Australia.  Approximately 86 percent of
 WCG stock is held by Williams which, in 1985, became the first energy company
 to harness its core competency as a builder of networks to enable competition
 in the communications industry.  Additional information is available at
 www.williams.com and www.williamscommunications.com.
     All trademarks are the property of their owner.  Portions of this document
 may constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined by federal law.
 Although the company believes any such statements are based on reasonable
 assumptions, there is no assurance that actual outcomes will not be materially
 different.  Any such statements are made in reliance on the "safe harbor"
 protections provided under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
 1995.  Additional information about issues that could lead to material changes
 in performance is contained in the company's filings with the Securities and
 Exchange Commission.
 
      Contact:  Jeff Pounds
                Williams Communications (media)
                (918) 573-8920
                jeff.pounds@williams.com
 
                Patricia Kraft
                Williams Communications (investors)
                (918) 573-0649
                patricia.kraft@williams.com
 
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