Valtra Selects MCI to Deliver Global MPLS Network Across 17 Countries

    Helsinki, Finland (ots/PRNewswire) - MCI, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCIP) today announced that it is delivering a multi-country MPLS-based communication network to the Finnish company Valtra, one of the leading tractor manufacturers in the world. The network will link Valtra's sales subsidiaries across the world with tractor and diesel engine factories in Finland and Brazil. MCI is providing both fixed and remote access solutions to enable Valtra to use a broad variety of communication tools to support its business requirements.

    The cornerstone of Valtra's operations is a modular system that enables the production of tractors which are tailored to each customer's requirements. This system relies heavily on communications, making the choice of the provider an important element of the company's business process.

    "MCI has an impressive IP expertise, one of the most advanced global networks of its kind and shows an extraordinary dedication to customer service," says Teppo Kupari, IT Manager of Valtra. "The MCI MPLS-based IP network gives us the flexibility we need to communicate quickly and reliably today and in the future."

    MCI will provide fixed and remote access connections linking all sales subsidiaries to the factories, providing the Valtra organization with reliable and secure network services to host and run their mission critical sales, order and delivery transactions. The communication network will also be used for comprehensive back-office support, including office applications, e-mail exchange and Internet access.

    The sales subsidiaries will be directly connected via MCI Private IP service. The MPLS foundation of MCI's Private IP helps businesses gain better control over their networks and enhance efficiency by leveraging the traffic and bandwidth management capabilities of MPLS. MCI Private IP, which has the certification as a "Cisco Powered Network," is ideal for companies that require the highest quality of service to carry converged voice, video and data over a secure private network(1), while providing access to the Internet and a secure means to connect remote users.

    Valtra will also use its MCI Internet Dial Corporate service to provide the organization with remote access-based connections. This solution gives Valtra the security, reliability and premium performance of the global MPLS based Private IP network together with the benefits of increased operational efficiency, through remote access solutions enabling mobility or through linking temporary business partners seamlessly to the private network independent of local access providers.

    "MCI's commitment is to provide our customers -- in Finland and across the world -- with the highest possible levels of service quality, innovation and value," says Pekka Inkinen, Country Leader and Sales Director for MCI in Finland. "We are currently expanding our MPLS network further to help more companies simplify their communications and leverage the business advantages of IP."

    MCI is extending the coverage of MPLS enabled nodes and network locations across MCI's global network in the regions where Valtra has operations. This will ensure that MCI meets their requirements today and in the future to deliver converged digital applications, enabling them to do business in new and more efficient ways.

    About Valtra

    Valtra Inc. develops, manufactures, markets and services Valtra tractors. Valtra is the leading tractor manufacturer in the Nordic countries and the second most popular brand in Latin America. Net sales in 2003 amounted to 852 million euros and the number of employees to 2600. Total production in Finland and Brazil amounted to 19,000 tractors. Valtra subsidiary Sisu Diesel produced over 27,000 diesel engines at its plant in Nokia, Finland. Valtra is a worldwide brand of AGCO Corporation.

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    About MCI, Inc.

    MCI, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCIP) is a leading global communications provider, delivering innovative, cost-effective, advanced communications connectivity to businesses, governments and consumers. With one of the most expansive global IP backbones and wholly-owned data networks, MCI develops the converged communications products and services that are the foundation for commerce and communications in today's market. For more information, go to

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