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AT&T WINS FIBER OPTIC BACKBONE CONTRACT IN CHILE

 AT&T WINS FIBER OPTIC BACKBONE CONTRACT IN CHILE
 SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Empresa Nacional de


Telecomunicaciones S.A. (ENTEL-CHILE), the largest long-distance telecommunications services provider for Chile, signed a contract with AT&T (NYSE: T) for the first portion of a fiber optic network that will link major cities throughout the country.
 This state-of-the-art all-fiber digital backbone network will expand and improve Chile's long-distance telecommunications infrastructure serving business and residential customers.
 This is the first sale of AT&T network equipment in Chile and is part of a multi-phase project for the modernization of the Chilean telecommunications infrastructure. The contract is valued at $6.8 million.
 The multiple fiber link, approximately 290 kilometers long, will connect the cities of Santiago and Talca and intermediate cities of Rancagua, San Fernando and Curico. It involves the installation of single mode fiber optic cable and related 565 megabit transmission terminals. Each 565 megabit terminal is capable of handling the equivalent of over 7,500 simultaneous calls over each fiber.
 "AT&T is delighted to be working with ENTEL on this significant national project," said Ben Cavazos, international sales director-South America. "AT&T is uniquely qualified to help ENTEL meet its long-term objectives. In addition to our position as the world's leading supplier of telecommunications network equipment, AT&T offers experience in operating long-distance networks and the technological leadership of AT&T Bell Laboratories."
 AT&T has teamed with two Chilean companies, Sistemas Digitales S.A. and Construtel de Chile S.A., to support ENTEL with this six-month project, which is expected to be in service by mid-1992.
 The fiber cable will be manufactured at AT&T's Network Cable Systems facility in Atlanta while the transmission equipment for this project will be manufactured by AT&T Network Systems Nederland, the Dutch wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T Network Systems International.
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