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BELL ATLANTIC AND BBT ANNOUNCE LARGE-SCALE FIBER-TO-THE-CURB DEPLOYMENT

 ARLINGTON, Va., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc., today announced it has signed its first deployment contract for fiber-to-the-curb systems.
 The agreement with BroadBand Technologies, Inc. (BBT) facilitates the deployment of the BBT Fiber Loop Access (FLX) switching and transmission system to help Bell Atlantic telephone companies deliver new services to up to 100,000 homes.
 The BBT FLX system is a switched digital platform designed to deliver telephone service and -- when upgraded -- new enhanced services over fiber optic lines.
 "BroadBand Technologies recognized early on the advantages of a switched digital system, which has resulted in a product that meets our requirement to begin aggressively deploying a system capable of delivering high quality services to our customers," said John Seazholtz, Bell Atlantic's vice president for technology.
 "Bell Atlantic will be in the forefront as America's Information Superhighway takes shape with the broad deployment of fiber-to-the-curb systems," he said.
 By the end of 1992, Bell Atlantic had deployed fiber in 83 percent of its interoffice trunks and 66 percent of its feeder routes into neighborhoods and had deployed 1.2 million fiber miles, the most of any regional Bell operating company. By the end of 1993, Bell Atlantic expects to have 1.6 million miles of fiber in place.
 BBT's FLX System will facilitate the use of fiber for regular telephone service, delivering benefits such as high quality transmission and more cost effective installation and maintenance.
 Fiber-optic cable also has much higher capacity than copper cable. It is capable of handling thousands of interactive, two-way voice, data and video transmissions compared to hundreds of one-way transmissions on copper. As such, it provides the infrastructure for future enhanced services such as video-on-demand, interactive educational programs, books on screen, tele-medicine and full-motion point-to-point video telephony.
 Bell Atlantic and other telephone companies have conducted trials of fiber-to-the-curb systems, but the contract with BBT represents the first volume deployment by Bell Atlantic of a system that will facilitate the provision of both regular telephone service and, ultimately, new enhanced services that will require a switched digital broadband platform.
 "Bell Atlantic is a leader in wiring America for the future, and BBT is pleased to play a key role in achieving that goal," said Salim A.L. Bhatia, president and chief executive officer of BBT.
 "Bell Atlantic has a strong commitment to being the industry's best interactive broadband network system provider. Its insights on deployment issues and requirements have aided greatly in the BBT FLX platform's evolution," he said.
 Bell Atlantic already has announced that its New Jersey Bell subsidiary will deploy the BBT FLX System to nearly 50,000 residences in two areas of New Jersey. The deployment is part of New Jersey Bell's


Opportunity New Jersey plan for the accelerated installation of fiber optic and digital facilities.
 If approved by the Federal Communications Commission, New Jersey Bell will provide video dialtone service to video programmers including the current cable TV service provider, Sammons Communications, Inc., in three Morris County communities. In Dover Township, New Jersey Bell also will provide video dialtone service for video programmers including the Downingtown, Pa.-based FutureVision of America Corp., a company formed recently to market, manage and deliver television programming and interactive video and information services.
 Bell Atlantic (NYSE: BEL) is the parent company of New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone (serving Delaware) and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies serving Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
 BroadBand Technologies, based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., was founded in 1988 to provide telephone companies with the systems required to enable local exchange carriers to deliver the power of interactive switched digital broadband technology to consumers over fiber-to-the- curb systems.
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 /CONTACT: James W. Carrigan of Bell Atlantic, 201-649-2279, or Beverlee Hanley of BBT, 919-544-0015/
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