BELL ATLANTIC PHONE COMPANIES ARE AWARDED DOD'S $600 MILLION
TEMPO CONTRACT; SOLUTION IS LARGEST ISDN SALE ANNOUNCED TO DATE
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc., on behalf of the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies serving Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, a 10-year contract to modernize its telecommunications system in the Washington metropolitan area using Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) technology.
The Telecommunications Modernization Project (TEMPO) will replace and modernize the existing Consolidated Centrex system with an end-to-end digital system. DOD estimates the contract value at close to $600 million. DOD's telecommunications system in the National Capital Region is administered and managed by the Defense Telecommunications Service-Washington (DTS-W).
The winning TEMPO bid is based on a smooth transition from an analog system to an ISDN solution. ISDN technology makes it possible to deliver a wide variety of video, data and voice services over telephone wires.
"TEMPO is potentially the largest installation of ISDN that will ever be undertaken," said Tony Murray, vice president of Bell Atlantic's Federal Systems Division.
The Bell Atlantic and AT&T team have worked with DTS-W for more than 35 years in providing the current Centrex service and customer equipment. AT&T will provide ISDN switching technology using 5ESS(A) switches and a variety of voice and data terminal equipment and other communications products. Designed to facilitate the evolution to ISDN service, the 5ESS switch embodies the latest concepts in digital switching technology such as distributed intelligence and modular software.
"The TEMPO project grew out of increasing user demands in the Defense Department for new services and applications that take advantage of advance digital technology," said Ed Coleman, Bell Atlantic TEMPO project director. As prime contractor and systems integrator, Bell Atlantic is responsible for the design, engineering, implementation, administration, operation and management of the DTS-W System; both Bell Atlantic and AT&T will provide installation and maintenance services.
The TEMPO contract calls for a sophisticated System Management Center (SMC) to be located at the Pentagon. The traditional activities of a telecommunications company will move into the SMC, including: service order processing, maintenance, consolidated billing, terminal equipment ordering, network facilities inventory, inside and outside plant administration and staff management capabilities.
"The System Management Center will provide the single point of contact and accountability that DTS-W and its users have been looking for since the break-up of the Bell System," said Coleman.
The TEMPO contract also includes options for voice mail, electronic mail, audio teleconferencing and local area networks (LANs). SMS Data Products Group, Inc., of Reston, Va., will provide the LAN integration services. SMS has worked with the Bell Atlantic team to design both stand-alone LANs and a metropolitan area-wide backbone network to provide seamless, high-speed connectivity.
"The Bell Atlantic/SMS design blends the best LAN technology with state-of-the-art ISDN technology," said Coleman. "It's a combination that will offer tremendous flexibility and all of the applications data users have come to expect: file sharing, electronic mail, print server, modem pooling and network management."
DOD projects that the new DTS-W System will serve about 136,000 lines at the end of the three-year modernization phase, with growth to more than 160,000 lines in the Washington metropolitan area by the end of the 10-year contract.
The Bell Atlantic and AT&T team has designed a sophisticated, highly reliable digital network that will provide the required reliability and the flexibility needed to accommodate growth. Service will be provided through a network of 25 5ESS switches and optical remote modules with dedicated interoffice fiber optic facilities. The 5ESS switch will be the primary component of the TEMPO network.
Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL), based in Philadelphia, is the parent company of New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone (Delaware) and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and District of Columbia.
Bell Atlantic is also the parent of companies that provide wireless communications in the mid-Atlantic region and business systems and 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.
(A) 5ESS is an AT&T trademark.
/CONTACT: Larry Plumb of Bell Atlantic, 703-974-5446/
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