Williams Communications Expands Its Presence in Key Metro Markets

Strategic Agreements With Switch and Data and PAIX.net Create Increased

Connectivity to the Williams Network



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Williams Communications Group, Inc.

    TULSA, Okla., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on its foundation of
 enabling bandwidth-centric providers, Williams Communications (NYSE:   WCG) is
 expanding its presence in major metro markets through agreements with neutral
 colocation providers Switch and Data and PAIX.net.  By entering into these
 agreements in high-demand metro areas, Williams Communications will increase
 access to its network and extend its reach to more than 200 network connection
 points.
     "Williams Communications' entry into neutral colocation facilities
 complements our metro and facilities strategies very well and positions us in
 the markets most in demand.  Through agreements like this, we can offer
 customers even greater flexibility by providing additional metro access points
 to connect to the Williams Communications network.  At the same time, we will
 have access to new customers served by Switch and Data and PAIX.net," said Joe
 Turcotte, senior vice president of access services and Internet protocol for
 Williams Communications' network unit.
     Under the terms of the agreements, Williams Communications will offer a
 variety of services in Switch and Data and PAIX.net facilities, including
 metro private line and metro wave services, as well as a range of high
 bandwidth offerings, including local and global transport services.
     Williams Communications will provide services in 20 Switch and Data
 Convergent Network Centers in Tier 1 and 2 markets including Atlanta, Boston,
 Dallas, New York, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Washington D.C.  Williams
 Communications will offer its services in nine PAIX.net facilities in Palo
 Alto and San Jose, Calif., Seattle, Dallas, New York, Boston, Atlanta, Los
 Angeles, and Vienna, Va., near Washington, D.C.
     "Switch and Data and PAIX.net are strong players in this industry and have
 demonstrated the high standards that Williams Communications looks for in a
 business relationship.  They have the right locations in the right markets to
 help Williams Communications strengthen its position in the metro space,"
 Turcotte said.
     Williams Communications recently announced similar agreements with
 Colo.com and Equinix to support its metro access strategy.  The company plans
 to offer data and video services in 20 metropolitan markets by year-end 2001
 and 50 metropolitan markets by 2003.
     Williams Communications has extended its award-winning long haul network
 to carrier and high-bandwidth customers in metro areas giving them access to
 its high-speed private line and Optical Wave Service(SM) within major cities.
     Williams Communications focuses on enabling its customers, which include
 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 recently completed
 construction on its 33,000-mile next-generation network one full year ahead of
 schedule.  The Williams network, the largest among non-legacy providers,
 connects 125 U.S. cities and 100 countries.
 
     About Williams Communications Group, Inc.
     Williams Communications, through its subsidiaries, is North America's only
 exclusively carrier-focused fiber-optic network.  Based in Tulsa, Okla.,
 Williams Communications is located primarily in North America, with offices in
 Europe and Asia and investments in South America and Australia.  Approximately
 85 percent of WCG stock is held by Williams (NYSE:   WMB) 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:  Patty McKissick
                Williams Communications (media)
                (918) 573-5738
                Patty.mckissick@williams.com
 
                Patricia Kraft
                Williams Communications (investors)
                (918) 573-0649
                Patricia.kraft@williams.com
 
 

SOURCE Williams Communications Group, Inc.
    TULSA, Okla., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on its foundation of
 enabling bandwidth-centric providers, Williams Communications (NYSE:   WCG) is
 expanding its presence in major metro markets through agreements with neutral
 colocation providers Switch and Data and PAIX.net.  By entering into these
 agreements in high-demand metro areas, Williams Communications will increase
 access to its network and extend its reach to more than 200 network connection
 points.
     "Williams Communications' entry into neutral colocation facilities
 complements our metro and facilities strategies very well and positions us in
 the markets most in demand.  Through agreements like this, we can offer
 customers even greater flexibility by providing additional metro access points
 to connect to the Williams Communications network.  At the same time, we will
 have access to new customers served by Switch and Data and PAIX.net," said Joe
 Turcotte, senior vice president of access services and Internet protocol for
 Williams Communications' network unit.
     Under the terms of the agreements, Williams Communications will offer a
 variety of services in Switch and Data and PAIX.net facilities, including
 metro private line and metro wave services, as well as a range of high
 bandwidth offerings, including local and global transport services.
     Williams Communications will provide services in 20 Switch and Data
 Convergent Network Centers in Tier 1 and 2 markets including Atlanta, Boston,
 Dallas, New York, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Washington D.C.  Williams
 Communications will offer its services in nine PAIX.net facilities in Palo
 Alto and San Jose, Calif., Seattle, Dallas, New York, Boston, Atlanta, Los
 Angeles, and Vienna, Va., near Washington, D.C.
     "Switch and Data and PAIX.net are strong players in this industry and have
 demonstrated the high standards that Williams Communications looks for in a
 business relationship.  They have the right locations in the right markets to
 help Williams Communications strengthen its position in the metro space,"
 Turcotte said.
     Williams Communications recently announced similar agreements with
 Colo.com and Equinix to support its metro access strategy.  The company plans
 to offer data and video services in 20 metropolitan markets by year-end 2001
 and 50 metropolitan markets by 2003.
     Williams Communications has extended its award-winning long haul network
 to carrier and high-bandwidth customers in metro areas giving them access to
 its high-speed private line and Optical Wave Service(SM) within major cities.
     Williams Communications focuses on enabling its customers, which include
 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 recently completed
 construction on its 33,000-mile next-generation network one full year ahead of
 schedule.  The Williams network, the largest among non-legacy providers,
 connects 125 U.S. cities and 100 countries.
 
     About Williams Communications Group, Inc.
     Williams Communications, through its subsidiaries, is North America's only
 exclusively carrier-focused fiber-optic network.  Based in Tulsa, Okla.,
 Williams Communications is located primarily in North America, with offices in
 Europe and Asia and investments in South America and Australia.  Approximately
 85 percent of WCG stock is held by Williams (NYSE:   WMB) 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:  Patty McKissick
                Williams Communications (media)
                (918) 573-5738
                Patty.mckissick@williams.com
 
                Patricia Kraft
                Williams Communications (investors)
                (918) 573-0649
                Patricia.kraft@williams.com
 
 SOURCE  Williams Communications Group, Inc.