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AT&T AWARDED MAJOR DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT FROM NTT

 AT&T AWARDED MAJOR DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT FROM NTT
 MORRISTOWN, N.J., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T) has


received a major contract from Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) to provide a new state-of-the-art traffic management and administration system for NTT's use in operating its communications network, AT&T announced today. The value of the contract, which spans several years, is in the range of 14 billion yen (approximately $110 million).
 Scheduled to become operational in the third quarter of 1994, this new computerized system, called New Advanced Traffic Observation and Management Information Collecting System (New ATOMICS), will significantly enhance NTT's ability to manage its network and its growing traffic volume while simultaneously improving customer service.
 The two companies have agreed on the development of the New ATOMICS system, a major enhancement to the current ATOMICS in service in Japan since 1986. New ATOMICS will extend current ATOMICS functionality to accommodate NTT's new digitized network, manage the anticipated increase in network traffic and provide new network administration capabilities.
 "With the rapidly growing volume of telecommunications traffic in Japan, we need the most technologically advanced network management tools to continue providing top-quality service at competitive prices," said Kimio Tazaki, president - NTT Long-Distance Communications. "For this, we have again turned to AT&T and its Bell Laboratories as a good partner to carry out this new network management system project together."
 The system collects and analyzes data from more than 250 toll switches within the network. It provides real-time traffic management information on the flow of calls through the network, noting where volumes are building, projecting possible troublesome areas and alerting network managers to existing or potential network performance problems. The new network administration capability will enable NTT to react to and improve network performance and utilization caused by unexpected changes in communications traffic volume, patterns or natural disasters.
 Dan Stanzione, group technical officer and president of Operations Systems for AT&T Network Systems said, "We are pleased that NTT has decided to continue our well established partnership to ensure Japanese telecommunications users the best quality of service possible. We are excited to be part of NTT's future by sharing our technologies and operations experience today."
 NTT's main responsibility will be to implement sub-systems related to collection of network traffic data and management of traffic databases. Applying its extensive network management and operations support system development experience, AT&T will be responsible for the development of applications software needed for real-time network management and administration. In addition, AT&T will assume the role of overall integrator of all related sub-systems.
 NTT provides telephone, telegraph, digital data communications, consulting and operator information services to meet the wide range of telecommunications needs in Japan. Headquartered in Tokyo, NTT has more than 257,000 employees with total capital valued at more than 780 billion yen.
 AT&T -- which provides communications services, equipment, and computer systems to consumers, businesses and communications companies around the world -- has been building its business with NTT throughout the last decade. AT&T, through AT&T Japan Ltd., has become a major supplier of NTT for such products as ATM link systems, digital transmission equipment, multifunction operating systems, and digital mobile telephone components. In addition, AT&T has supplied NTT with subscriber loop carrier systems and echo cancelers since 1983. In 1989, NTT selected AT&T to provide it with a state-of-the-art, high-speed, optical communications system.
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