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 WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) has selected Bell Atlantic Federal Systems to build a six-site, experimental high-speed data network testbed in the Washington area.
 The initiative will team Bell Atlantic and Bellcore -- Bell Atlantic's jointly owned research arm -- with other industry research organizations and government laboratories to study revolutionary communications technologies and network designs.
 The testbed will be used to build the Advanced Technology Demonstration Network (ATDnet) connecting six government agencies:
 -- Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va.
 -- Defense Information Systems Agency, Reston, Va.
 -- Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington
 -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Greenbelt, Md.
 -- National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md.
 -- Naval Research Laboratory, Washington
 Links to other testbeds may be added in the future.
 "Bell Atlantic is very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the government on technology applications that could become the model for gigabit networks of the future," said Tony Murray, president of Bell Atlantic Federal Systems.
 Under the terms of the four-year, $12.7 million contract, Bell Atlantic will provide the network infrastructure to physically connect the six government sites with a SONET (Synchronous Optical Network) fiber-optic ring. It will also provide connectivity to the ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) hub switches in Bell Atlantic's local operating company central offices, as well as to numerous ATM switches at the government sites.
 Initially, the experimental testbed will provide 155 megabits (million bits) per second ATM connectivity over a 2.4 gigabit (billion bits) per second SONET OC-48 self-healing ring.
 ATM is an internationally standardized technique for transport, multiplexing and switching of a large variety of digital signals and services. ATM is based on the transfer of small, fixed-sized packets of data called cells. SONET is an internationally recognized standard for the transmission of optical signals. Bellcore has played a leading role in working with the telecommunications and computer industries in defining SONET and ATM standards.
 Bell Atlantic, Bellcore and government researchers will conduct a wide range of high-speed networking research programs using the experimental testbed. The research areas will include interoperability, signaling, network management, traffic control and supercomputer networking.
 One critical goal expressed by ARPA for the testbed is to provide hands-on experience for government users in state-of-the-art SONET and ATM technologies. Other ARPA goals include:
 -- Enabling high-performance computer network applications requiring bandwidths of 100 megabits per second to 1 gigabit per second to the end user.
 -- Acquiring early experience with advanced communication and network technologies, primarily ATM and SONET, but also with fiber- optics.
 -- To experiment with operation and maintenance of these technologies as the testbed is expanded to include multiple equipment suppliers, technologies and links to other networks and commercial service providers.
 -- To transition these technologies into other Defense Department efforts, such as the Defense Information Services Network, Global Grid, the High Performance Computing and Modernization Plan, ARPA's High Performance Computing Program and the Federal High Performance Computing and Communications Program.
 "We're committed to advancing cost-effective emerging technologies to the quarter-million Defense Department end-users we serve within the mid-Atlantic region," said Murray. "We feel the experience that Bell Atlantic will gain from the Advanced Technology Demonstration Network will help us to provide ongoing enhancements to Bell Atlantic's ATM- based Regional Information Grid for DoD, scheduled for deployment in early 1994."
 The Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL), based in Philadelphia, is the parent company of the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania and Diamond State Telephone (Delaware) companies that provide a full array of local exchange telecommunications services in the mid-Atlantic region.
 Bell Atlantic is also 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 United 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.
 Bellcore provides research and technical support to most of the nation's major local telecommunications companies.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Pacholczyk of Bell Atlantic, 410-393-7109, or Mike Giovia of Bellcore, 201-740-4762/

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