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BELLSOUTH TELECOMMUNICATIONS WILL INVEST NEARLY $9 BILLION IN NETWORK, INCLUDING $3 BILLION FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY

 /ADVANCE/ ATLANTA, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- BellSouth Telecommunications (BST), a leader in the deployment of electronic switching and fiber optics, will spend close to $9 billion on its network over the next three years.
 About $3 billion will be used to expand and enhance advanced technologies.
 "Nine billion dollars is a substantial commitment to our customers in the Southeast," said Duane Ackerman, president and chief executive officer of BellSouth Telecommunications. "But it demonstrates our willingness to do what it takes to design and deploy a network that can stand up to everything from cable cuts to hurricanes.
 "Beyond that," he said, "it means we can continue to develop service options that make our customers' live easier. Customers can already choose from optional services such as voice messaging, Call Return and Caller ID. This investment in our network will lead to more advanced telecommunications services."
 About $5.7 billion over the next three years will be used to keep up with growth and to replace equipment and material that has been damaged or has reached the end of its useful life.
 However, more than $1 billion each of the next three years will go towards improvements in the network. This includes installing fiber optic cable and the continued replacement of analog central offices with digital equipment.
 "Reliable, high-speed digital transmission helps make life smoother for everyone, whether you're using an automated teller machine, making a credit card transaction, or dialing into a data base with your PC modem," said Ackerman.
 BST has maintained its current level of spending on its network infrastructure since 1990. This investment has been integral to the company's standing as a leader among the RBOCs in the deployment of technology.
 -- BST has installed 900,000 miles of fiber optic cable in its network. It also has plans to install fiber-to-the-curb systems to serve up to 130,000 residence and business customers over the next three years.
 -- More than 61 percent of BST's customers are served by digital switching offices, and that number is expected to grow to 70 percent by the end of 1993.
 -- BellSouth was the first region to have 100 percent electronic switching in its network.
 -- BST has and is incorporating self-healing capabilities into its network to enhance its reliability. The company also offers SMARTRing(sm) service, an access service that provides increased reliability and protection for high capacity digital networks.
 BST's investment has been integral to its deployment of a variety of services and technologies such as ISDN, SMDS and Frame Relay, and a full line of video services for business customers.
 Ackerman said that BellSouth's investment in new technology paid big dividends when Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida and Louisiana last year.
 "Our underground fiber facilities kept communications going throughout the storm and our all-electronic switching facilities and sophisticated network monitoring and control capabilities allowed us to keep up with localized damage and unprecedented calling volumes in the weeks following Andrew," he explained.
 "We were able to provide a level of service to our customers that we simply couldn't have provided 20 -- or even 10 -- years ago."
 BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., with headquarters in Atlanta, provides telecommunications services in the nine-state BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) region. BellSouth Telecommunications does business as Southern Bell in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and as South Central Bell in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
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