AT&T and Dialcom Inc. said they have established the first commercial interconnection between two domestic electronic mail services, letting users of both exchange messages. AT&T Mail was already linked with Telecom Canada's Envoy 100. The X.400-based interconnection between AT&T and Dialcom was completed in March.
AT&T also has announced that it will be delivering electronic mail to Japan and France through its Nail Gateway 400 Service. The new links, based on the X.400 standard, will permit interconnection of AT&T Mail with France's Transpac Atlas 400 and Japan's Messavia. Users of AT&T's service can create messages offline using AT&T's Access Plus or Mail PNX private messaging system software without charge. Sending charges are 40 cents for a message under 400 characters and 80 cents for messages up to 7,500 characters. A surcharge is added for international messages: S cents for shorter messages and 10 cents for the longer messages to Canada. Other international locations are 20 cents for the shorter messages and 50 cents for the longer messages.
AT&T and Dialcom also have reached an agreement whereby users of FTS-Mail--the electronic mail service AT&T is providing to the federal government under the FTS- 2000 telecommunications contract--can access Dialcom's information services and proprietary databases for the government. Dialcom will provide access to Reuters, United Press International and McGraw-Hill news services. Government users also will be able to access Procurement, a service allowing government agencies to send bid solicitations electronically to a typesetter for publication in the Commerce Business Daily.