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WorldCom is to merge with its ISP sibling, UUNet, to create a single, unified company.

The decision to integrate WorldCom and UUNet, a WorldCom company, was announced internally a week ago and should help focus the activities of both organisations.

As a result of the integration, the new organisation will have a single sales force eliminating what's described as "conflict in the sales arena".

A committee has been set up to oversee the integration which senior management hopes will not be too disruptive.

Mark Weeks, a spokesman for UUNet declined to comment on the possibility of job losses as part of the inter-group merger.

Although the plans to integrate the company have not been announced publicly, Weeks didn't seem to think it was of interest.

"It's not an event that needs to be publicised," he said.

It's not clear whether WorldCom will ditch the name UUNet when two become one.

Last week WorldCom declined to comment on reports that it was planning to shed 11,500 of its workforce. ®

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