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AT&T BELL LABORATORIES ANNOUNCES CONTRACT WITH GENERAL PHYSICS INSTITUTE

AT&T BELL LABORATORIES ANNOUNCES CONTRACT WITH GENERAL PHYSICS INSTITUTE
 MOSCOW, May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T Bell Laboratories announced today that it has contracted with one of the most prominent research institutes in the former Soviet Union for the services of 100 scientists and technicians there.
 The agreement with the General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow covers the services of researchers in the Fiber Optics Department, working under the direction of Professor Eugeniyi Dianov.
 The institute, headed by Nobel Laureate A. M. Prokhorov, is the recognized leader in optical-fiber research and development in Russia. In some areas -- high-strength fibers, for example -- it is the world leader.
 Bell Labs, often cited as the world's premier R&D institution, is renowned for its work in fiber-optic and other photonics technologies. It is the research and development arm of AT&T.
 The contract will run for one year, beginning June 1, and may be renewed by mutual agreement thereafter.
 Optical fibers are hair-thin strands of glass that are widely used in communications systems to transmit information signals as pulses of light.
 The Russian researchers will continue their research on various aspects of optical-fiber technology.
 Bell Labs has worked out a novel intellectual-property-rights agreement with the institute which allows the institute to retain patent rights within Russia while Bell Labs holds the patent rights for the rest of the world.
 "This is an excellent investment for AT&T," said Bell Labs Executive Director Kumar Patel, who negotiated and signed the agreement on behalf of Bell Labs. Patel, the inventor of a number of key lasers, is one of the world's leading photonic researchers.
 "We will gain the services of a leading group of scientists," he said, "and, at the same time, expand our technical relationships in a growing part of AT&T's global market."
 The agreement does not change the size of the Bell Labs U.S. optical-fiber research team.
 "It is mutually beneficial," agreed Dianov, adding, "We hope this is the beginning of a long-term relationship for AT&T and the General Physics Institute."
 The contract also includes funding for travel expenses to insure frequent interaction among scientists at both institutions.
 Over the past several years, Bell Labs has hosted scientists from the General Physics Institute at its Murray Hill, N.J., location, and some of the scientists covered by this agreement have visited Bell Labs.
 Fiber optics has become a critical technology for the 1990s and beyond. Fiber-optic systems offer notably higher capacity than traditional systems that use copper cables to carry electronic signals.
 Optical fibers are rapidly replacing copper cabling as the medium of choice for virtually any high-speed digital transmission application, from telephone systems to computer networks.
 For 20 years, AT&T has been a leader in lightwave communications. Many innovations -- like the laser and light-emitting diode -- that are fundamental to fiber-optic technology came from Bell Labs, which continues to invent new lightwave devices and systems.
 One of the most widely used techniques -- Modified Chemical Vapor Deposition -- for optical-fiber fabrication was developed at Bell Labs.
 AT&T operates the largest optical-fiber plant in the world in Atlanta, Ga. The company developed and installed the world's first fiber-optic communications system in the late 1970s and the world's first fiber-optic transoceanic system in 1988. AT&T still leads the world in this technology.
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