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AT&T INTRODUCES VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS PRODUCTS FOR BUSINESS

 ATLANTA, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T) is bringing 21st century technology to Georgia that will allow businesses to see and talk with each other through their desktop personal computers while collaborating on computer documents.
 AT&T's new visual communications products announced today combine communications and computing and include a desktop personal-computer- based video system and a video control unit that allows people in several places join in on a single video call.
 The Personal Video System is the first major product developed for business customers through a collaboration of AT&T Global Business Communications Systems, NCR and AT&T Microelectronics. The system is the first product to use AT&T Microelectronics' AVP 4000 video- compression chipset, announced last April and based on the Px64 standards for video and audio compression.
 At their desktop, businesses working in a Microsoft Windows(TM) environment can use the new AT&T Personal Video System Model 70 to see each other in a scalable video window on their personal computers as they talk and simultaneously make changes and annotate computer files with handwritten notes.
 For example, a buyer at a discount store can work closely with a vendor, even if the vendor is miles away in a different city. By sharing documents, they can compare purchase orders or product specifications and collaborate on changes on the computer screen. A process that once would have taken days as documents were sent back and forth now can be completed in a few minutes.
 AT&T said its VISUAL SOLUTIONS(TM) products and services for business will be based on globally accepted standards for video calls over digital phone lines. That will allow its products to work with other products equipped with the same standards, whether future products or current products, such as AT&T's Group Video System manufactured by PictureTel Corp.
 "Businesses that might have been uncertain about investing in visual communications equipment can rest assured now, knowing these products will work with future products based on the same standards," said Jerre L. Stead, president of AT&T's Global Business Communications Systems unit. "In other words -- 'come on in, the water's fine.'"
 Companies worldwide, working through the Consultative Committee on International Telephone and Telegraphy (CCITT), have agreed upon standards, which are commonly called "Px64," for video transmission over digital phone lines.
 The Personal Video System Model 70 incorporates a board in AT&T's 8510T ISDN Voice Terminal, making it "video-ready;" NCR TeleMedia(TM) Connection hardware and software for most 386 or 486 personal computers; a video camera unit that sits on top of the personal computer screen and connecting cables.
 The initial product operates through AT&T's market-leading DEFINITY(R) Communications System G3i, G3r, G3s and G2.2 business telephone switches or through a digital telephone line connection to an AT&T 5ESS(R) Switch.
 AT&T said its Personal Video System allows customers the benefit of quality motion video, at 10 to 15 frames per second, at economical transmission rates of 112 or 128 kilobits per second. The Personal Video System brings to the desktop the quality usually associated only with conference-room systems.
 Customers can purchase Personal Video Systems in quantities of four, starting at $6,995 per unit, with delivery scheduled for the fall of 1993. AT&T also will offer promotional packages for businesses that want to install new or upgrade existing DEFINITY systems to add video capabilities.
 Businesses can manage their own video conferences between several locations by using AT&T's new MultiPoint Control Unit, which implements Px64 standards and is based on proven DEFINITY system technology. Customers can conference together up to 24 different sites per unit, even if the locations use a variety of video conferencing endpoints, provided they meet the Px64 standard.
 The MultiPoint Control Unit will be available in the fourth quarter of 1993, with prices ranging from $60,000 to $200,000, depending on features and size of the unit.
 AT&T said its Global Business Video Services' video center in Atlanta expects to make the AT&T MultiPoint Control Unit the cornerstone vehicle for connecting multi-location, standards-based video calls, supplementing the center's existing services.
 With the new products, businesses can obtain a full array of visual communications equipment from AT&T. AT&T will continue to offer its Group Video System, based on the PictureTel System 4000(TM) videoconferencing family, and end-to-end support for all its products and services.
 Customers can call 800-VIDEO-GO to receive more information about the AT&T VISUAL SOLUTIONS products and services.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: VISUAL SOLUTIONS products and services. DEFINITY and 5ESS are registered trademarks and AT&T VISUAL SOLUTIONS is a trademark of AT&T. NCR is a registered trademark and NCR TeleMedia and NCR TeleMedia Connection are trademarks of NCR Corp. Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corp. System 4000 is a trademark of PictureTel Corp./
 /CONTACT: Phyllis Weiss, 404-810-7833, or, home, 404-873-5031, or Anissa Klisch, 404-810-8274, or, home, 404-242-8345, both of AT&T/
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