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BELL ATLANTIC SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES FIST CUSTOMER TRIAL OF FRAME RELAY SERVICE

 ARLINGTON, Va., July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell Atlantic today announced the successful completion of its first customer trial of Frame Relay Service, a highly efficient and cost-effective means of moving data along predetermined routes, such as among the various offices of a company.
 The eight-week trial with Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), New Jersey's largest electric and gas utility, tested three applications of frame relay service: increasing communications speed between the company's remote locations and its central mainframe computer; transferring large drawings, schematics and maps from a central repository to remote locations; and expanding electronic mail capabilities by connecting remote local area networks, or LANs.
 "We anticipate large savings by using frame relay for these applications," said Dave Lyons, PSE&G principal staff engineer. "For our set of requirements, frame relay was easy to implement and offered better performance at less cost than our current dedicated point-to- point private line service."
 Tests of all three applications were successful, Lyons said. Using frame relay service to transfer billing, account, operations and gas leak data back and forth between remote locations and the central mainframe increased communications speed about fivefold, he added.
 According to Lyons, technical support from Bell Atlantic and its New Jersey Bell subsidiary was excellent throughout the trial. "I sensed that there's a true dedication on the part of Bell Atlantic to provide superior service at a reasonable cost to customers," he said.
 Because of the cost savings achieved by using Bell Atlantic Frame Relay Service, PSE&G plans to use it to interconnect LANs throughout the company.
 "Frame relay service will not only help us save money as we run our business but it also will help us change the way we run our business," Lyons said.
 For the trial, Bell Atlantic Frame Relay Service was installed in three PSE&G locations: company headquarters in Newark, N.J., a remote gas dispatch center and remote regional center for electrical operations. New Jersey Bell currently is adding frame relay to two more PSE&G sites; 12 additional locations are planned.
 Bell Atlantic Frame Relay Service is one of three high-speed data -- or "fast packet" -- services offered by Bell Atlantic's telephone companies. Bell Atlantic is the only company in the mid-Atlantic region to offer all three services: frame relay, Switched Multimegabit Data Services (SMDS), and Fiber Distributed Data Interface Network Services (FNS).
 Bell Atlantic plans to make frame relay service available in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia; the Delaware Valley and northern New Jersey; the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area; Baltimore; and Richmond and Norfolk, Va., in July(A).
 SMDS service is already available in these locations. FNS is now being used by a number of customers in the Washington metropolitan area.
 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 Washington, D.C., which provide a full array of telecommunications services in the mid-Atlantic region.
 Bell Atlantic also is the parent of one of the nation's largest cellular carriers and of companies that provide software, systems integration, hardware and software service and support and financial services throughout the Untied States and internationally. In addition, Bell Atlantic International offers network services and consulting to telephone authorities throughout the world and owns an interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand.
 Technical Information About The PSE&G Frame Relay Trial
 The PSE&G frame relay trial tested three applications using the three different protocols that support PSE&G's LAN Internetwork. IBM SNA was used for increasing communications speed between remote locations and the mainframe computer, TCP/IP was used for the CAD/CAM application, and Banyan VINES/IP was used for the expansion of E-mail capabilities.
 After eight weeks of applications tests, all three protocols are running successfully on frame relay.
 Bell Atlantic is using a Cascade STDX 6000 packet switch provided by Siemens Stronmerg-Carlson to provide frame relay service for PSE&G. Its New Jersey Bell subsidiary is providing two 1.536 Mbps subscriber network access lines and one 56/64 kilobit subscriber network access line.
 ADC Kentrox DSU/CSUs are being used in the 1.536 Mbps subscriber network access lines. A Motorola Codex DSU/CSU is being used in the 56/64 kilobit subscriber network access line. Cisco routers using 9.1.3 software are being used throughout the trial.
 In addition to the three applications already discussed, the trial successfully demonstrated improved response time for IBM SNA users between field locations and the company's mainframe computer from two or three seconds to .4 seconds.
 PSE&G's ultimate goal is to eliminate its current parallel networks by moving IBM traffic to the LAN Internetwork and to deliver sub-second response times to IBM SNA users. The company also is planning to use a frame relay service to support client server applications under development.
 (A) Pending regulatory approval.
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 /CONTACT: Melissa Andrews of Bell Atlantic, 703-974-1479, or Frame Relay Customer Contact, 800-422-0455/
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