Printer Friendly

AT&T CELEBRATES THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF FTS2000

 AT&T CELEBRATES THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF FTS2000
 WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Questions about Social


Security benefits, details of the latest space launch, help with Pentagon procurement processes, suggestions on battling a forest fire, information about Smithsonian acquisitions -- they all have one thing in common. These conversations and millions more a day are carried over AT&T's (NYSE: T) FTS2000 Integrated Custom Network.
 Through the FTS2000 network, federal agencies are assured advanced voice, data and video communications services at competitive prices. AT&T, which is responsible for 60 percent of the program, built a digital, dedicated private network for the government. U.S. Sprint manages the other 40 percent of the program.
 AT&T's portion of FTS2000 currently serves some 1.35 million federal employees in 109 government agencies and entities. It is the world's largest private network and sixth largest telecommunications network, exceeded in size only by the public networks built for the world's biggest industrialized nations.
 "In the three years since AT&T signed the 10-year FTS2000 contract, we have worked with GSA (General Services Administration) and our agency customers to create an efficient, responsive and technically superior network that is bringing real savings to the American taxpayer," said Dennis Roth, AT&T FTS2000 deputy program director.
 Since the first call was made in October 1989, FTS2000 has saved taxpayers some $323 million in calling costs, according to GSA. It expects that figure to grow to $542 million in 1992.
 "But as exciting and gratifying as the past few years have been, AT&T is planning more features and anticipates greater use of the network's most sophisticated offerings, such as packet service, videoconferencing and electronic mail," Roth said.
 During 1991, technology improvements and increased service usage enabled AT&T to reduce some FTS2000 prices by as much as 35 percent. Service delivery intervals were reduced by as much as 50 percent, and equally important, the time it takes to bring new network capabilities to market was reduced by about 40 percent.
 "For example, a 5-minute call from Denver to Washington used to cost 61 cents. It now costs 50 cents," Roth said. "We reduced the cost of our high-speed dedicated services. A private line from Washington to San Francisco that used to cost $1,580 now costs $1,114. And the delivery interval on that service has dropped from 90 days to 55 days."
 AT&T not only reduced its prices, it capped them at lower levels. AT&T implemented Publicly Available Price Caps (PAP-Caps) for FTS2000 Switched Voice Service and Dedicated Transmission Service, private lines for voice and data calls. This price protection assures that any significant downward price movement in the market is reflected in FTS2000 prices for the above services.
 "Next year will be an important year in the history of FTS2000 because of price redetermination. Through this process, we will compete for additional FTS2000 business," Roth said. "In the original competition, AT&T was by far the lowest-priced vendor. We expect to maintain that position in this next round."
 This year, some of the government's largest agencies significantly increased their usage of the FTS2000 Network including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Department of Defense and the U.S. Postal Service.
 "Cutovers of almost historic proportion were accomplished virtually flawlessly this year because of the work done by the GSA, the agencies and AT&T," Roth said. "For example, during the last weekend in September, we simultaneously cut over SSA's 800 network, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's voice administration network, the Pentagon and some 15 postal locations. In 1991, we also transferred most of USDA's packet network to FTS2000."
 In response to changing needs and network growth, Roth sees major enhancements for FTS2000 in 1992, such as new gateways to private data networks; multipoint private line service; channelized and fractionalized T1 service, which will allow agencies to lease only as much of these high-volume lines as needed; and 10-digit dialing.
 Roth also anticipates the implementation of dynamic multipoint videoconferencing, which will enable all locations, rather than just one broadcasting location, to talk in step with the dynamics of the videoconference. This voice-activated system will automatically transmit from the location where the speaker is.
 Also on AT&T's planning roster are DS3 services, which are high speed, high-capacity lines, and network diversity, alternate ways to provide service that further assures network reliability, according to Roth.
 "The FTS2000 network is enjoying remarkable growth. For example, this year AT&T's revenue from this network grew 68 percent over last year, with private line and packet services leading the way. Revenues from packet services grew by more than 5,000 percent," Roth said. "We expect overall revenue growth to continue at about the same pace next year, with video joining packet services for the lead.
 "Even though it is only three years old, FTS2000 is already living up to its promise of providing the government with the most sophisticated, useful and cost-effective communications technology available. AT&T is committed to ensuring that the benefits this network brings will help the U.S. government accomplish its important and varied missions through this decade."
 -0- 12/10/91
 /CONTACT: Mary Ward, 301-608-5116 or, after hours, 301-946-7643, or Ruthlyn Newell, 301-608-5108 or, after hours, 703-941-0384, both of AT&T/
 (T) CO: AT&T ST: District of Columbia IN: TLS SU:


MH -- DC017 -- 1036 12/10/91 13:19 EST
COPYRIGHT 1991 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1991 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Dec 10, 1991
Words:905
Previous Article:CONSOLIDATED NATURAL GAS RAISES DIVIDEND; ANNOUNCES $426 MILLION CAPITAL BUDGET
Next Article:SPRINT MARKS THREE YEARS OF FTS2000 SUCCESS
Topics:


Related Articles
SPRINT GOVERNMENT DIVISION HOSTS SBA CONFERENCE
SPRINT MARKS THREE YEARS OF FTS2000 SUCCESS
SBA GIVES SPRINT HIGHEST RATING FOR USING SMALL AND SMALL DISADVANTAGED BUSINESSES UNDER FTS2000 CONTRACT
SPRINT'S MINORITY AND SMALL BUSINESS SUBCONTRACTING PROGRAM RECEIVES 'AWARD OF DISTINCTION'
SPRINT CONVERTS TREASURY DATA NETWORK LINES TO FTS2000
FTS2000 PRICE REDUCTIONS SAVE MORE THAN A HALF BILLION DOLLARS
GSA, VENDORS AGREE ON FTS2000 PRICE CAPS
SPRINT PROVIDES WIDEBAND VIDEO FOR NATIONWIDE IRS TRAINING
GSA, SPRINT AGREE ON $86 MILLION PRICE REDUCTION
Sprint Announces Reductions in FTS2000/Bridge Contract Rates.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters