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AT&T ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF AGREEMENTS FOR NEW TRANSATLANTIC CABLES

   AT&T ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF AGREEMENTS FOR NEW TRANSATLANTIC CABLES
    NEW YORK, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T) today announced it has signed agreements for two new fiber optic transatlantic cables, called TAT-10 and TAT-11.  In 1992, TAT-10 will be the first transatlantic cable to link the United States directly with Germany and The Netherlands.  TAT-11, targeted for service in 1993, will span the Atlantic Ocean and branch out to the U.K. and France.
    Each of these cable systems, with state-of-the-art regenerators, is planned to carry a traffic stream of up to 80,000 simultaneous telephone conversations.  Both cables will use the same 500 megabit fiber optic technology currently used in the transatlantic TAT-9 and trans-Pacific TPC-4 cable systems.  TAT-9 will link the U.S. and Canada with the U.K., France and Spain beginning service next February.
    "These cable systems will significantly expand communications channels with Europe," said Bill Carter, executive director of AT&T's international facility management.  "This is especially important to our customers who are demanding more capacity and a broader variety of communications services as a result of the reunification of Germany--as well as greater access to the rest of Europe."
    TAT-10 and TAT-11 are the first transatlantic cable systems planned to complement each other operationally.  "This will allow us to move traffic from one system to another, improving our ability to provide the continuity of service and route diversity that our customers on both sides of the Atlantic are seeking," added Carter.
    TAT-10 will cost approximately $300 million, and TAT-11 will be completed at a cost of about $280 million.
    Carter said that two new transatlantic cable systems, to be built so quickly on the heels of the completion of TAT-9, are indicative of the explosive growth in communications worldwide.
    A total of 37 international telecommunications carriers, including seven American companies, signed one or both of the agreements last week.  The TAT-10 agreement was signed by 35 carriers.  TAT-11 was signed by 25 carriers.  FCC approval is required before TAT-10 and TAT- 11 can be placed into service.
    -0-        11/4/91
    /CONTACT:  Cindy Pollard, (office) 201-644-7056, or (home) 908-277-1105, or Herb Linnen, (office) 202-457-3933, or (home) 202-333-9162, of AT&T/
    (T) CO:  AT&T ST:  New Jersey IN:  TLS SU: KD-KW -- NY074 -- 0851 11/04/91 15:51 EST
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