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BELL ATLANTIC ANNOUNCES FAMILY OF SWITCHED HIGH SPEED DATA SERVICES AT INTEROP '92

 BELL ATLANTIC ANNOUNCES FAMILY OF SWITCHED HIGH SPEED
 DATA SERVICES AT INTEROP '92
 /ADVANCE/ WASHINGTON, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell Atlantic announced at the INTEROP '92 trade show that its local telephone companies will provide a full range of switched high speed data services within the next 12 months. The INTEROP '92 trade show, which is in Washington, began today and runs through May 22.
 The services are Switched Multi-Megabit Data Services (SMDS), Frame Relay and Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI).
 "Pre-SMDS" service was tariffed by Bell of Pennsylvania (a Bell Atlantic company) in December 1991. It has been used by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in Philadelphia since January, 1992, to provide a high-speed public network connection for their local area network users.
 Availability of more fully featured SMDS is planned for four metropolitan areas by the end of 1992: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington and Northern New Jersey. Frame Relay will be tested during the second half of 1992 with availability scheduled for the first half of 1993, subject to regulatory and market conditions. The company plans to test a network-based FDDI service later this year and, customized private networking solutions utilizing FDDI are available now.
 "Users today require capabilities such as local area network connection, distributed processing and image transfer across metropolitan areas," said John Seazholtz, vice president of network technologies. "Bell Atlantic's high speed switched data services are designed specifically to meet these metropolitan area requirements today and pave the way for national and international connectivity via long distance carriers tomorrow."
 "Tariffs for SMDS are scheduled to be approved by the end of May in Virginia and Maryland, and we anticipate approval in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., in the near term," said Joe DiPeppe, product manager for SMDS. In 1993, Bell Atlantic plans to expand its SMDS service to the states of West Virginia and Delaware, and to the Baltimore, Harrisburg, Pa., Trenton, N.J., Richmond, Va., Norfolk, Va., and Charleston, W.Va., metropolitan areas.
 The price for the 1.17 Mbps (megabits per second) service will be between $550 and $650 per month depending on where the purchase is made. Additionally, there will be a non-recurring charge of about $1,000 per line for installation.
 Bell Atlantic's Frame Relay service will provide increased network throughput for wide area connection of local area networks at rates of 56 Kbps (kilobit per second) or 1.5 Mbps. Frame Relay is ideally suited for high speed, bursty applications, and it can reduce networking costs while improving performance for these applications.
 Bell Atlantic plans to test its Frame Relay service for internal company use during the second half of 1992 and with customers early in 1993. Service availability is planned for the fist half of 1993. Service is expected to be provided in the same locations as SMDS because it uses the same technology platform.
 Bell Atlantic is planning to test a network-based FDDI service later this year. Currently, its telephone companies provide network- based and premises-based private networking solutions that use FDDI. These solutions connect computing devices such as personal computers, servers, local area networks, mainframes, and workstations at a speed of 1200 Mbps using a fiber-based token ring technology. The private networking FDDI solution provides the customer with the design of the local FDDI network, equipment procurement and installation, maintenance and end-user training.
 This announcement is one of several announcements regarding deployment of SMDS and Frame Relay services across the United States being made today at concurrent news conferences held at two major telecommunications industry events -- INTEROP '92 in Washington, and the International Communications Association trade show in Atlanta. The other announcements are being made by Ameritech, BellSouth, NYNEX, Pacific Bell, US WEST, Southwestern Bell, Cincinnati Bell, GTE, Southern New England Telephone and Bellcore.
 Bellcore announced today the release of a document that proposes generic requirements for linking interexchange, international carrier, and local exchange SMDS networks, which paves the way for national and international SMDS networks. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has completed standards for the Frame Relay interface, and Bellcore is in the process of developing Technical References for the service.
 Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL), based in Philadelphia, is the parent company of New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
 Bell Atlantic is also the parent of one of the nation's largest cellular carriers and of companies that provide business systems services for customer-based information technology, including software, systems integration, hardware and software service and support, and financial services, throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, Bell Atlantic International offers network services and consulting to telephone authorities throughout the world and, in conjunction with Ameritech, owns a majority interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand.
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