Press release: 1996-09-17: Concentric Network Powers Sega Saturn Net Link Customers

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Sega Saturn Net Link Users Receive First Month of Concentric Internet Access Free

CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Concentric Network Corporation, provider of on-line and tailored network services, announced today that the company is the only Internet access provider bundled with Sega(TM) of America's new videogame and TV Web console -- Sega Saturn(TM) Net Link. Sega Saturn Net Link provides consumers with everything needed to surf the Internet including a full featured browser, email and ultimately online gaming applications. Sega users can register online for Concentric Network's Internet service which provides users with a powerful fixed low-latency connection ideal for the Internet. Sega Saturn Net Link users can surf the Internet free for their first month and then upgrade to full unlimited Concentric access for $19.95 per month thereafter.

"Concentric Network is excited about powering Sega of America's Saturn Net Link users and believe that the quality of our network services will greatly enhance their experience on the Internet," said Henry R. Nothhaft, Concentric's president and chief executive officer.

Sega Saturn Net Link is a 32-bit CD-based videogame system that provides more than 250 interactive entertainment choices and a suite of Internet tools including an HTML browser and email all for less than $400.00. The Sega Saturn Net Link peripheral and the Sega Saturn videogame system have a suggested retail price of $199.00 each respectively.

"We selected Concentric Network as the preferred Internet service provider for Sega Saturn Net Link users based on the company's superior low-latency network services and ability to provide our users with an easy-to-use registration process," said Shoichiro Irimajiri, chairman and CEO of Sega of America. "Sega Saturn users will be up and running on the Internet within minutes and receive the added benefit of receiving their first month of Internet access complementary from Concentric Network."

About Concentric Network Corporation

Concentric Network Corp. is a fast-growing, venture-backed private company headquartered in Cupertino, Calif. Founded in 1991, the company has established itself as a market leader in providing virtual private networks and consumer Internet access. It has nearly 250 employees and a data network with 214 point of presence (POPs) in the United States and Canada. The company is rapidly deploying a SuperPOP based network which consolidates multiple smaller POPs within a metropolitan area. The company has a proven ability to react quickly to market and technology changes and has designed a network architecture and deployment strategy that promises to cost-effectively support a wide range of networking applications for enterprise, consumer and wholesale users. Concentric Network's web address is

SOURCE Concentric Network Corp.

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/CONTACT: Donna Loughlin of Concentric Network Corp., 408-343-2203; or Christopher Castillo of Neale-May & Partners, 415-328-5555, ext. 126, for Concentric Network Corp./

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