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BELLSOUTH ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR NEW LAN CONNECTIVITY OFFERING

 ATLANTA, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- BellSouth Telecommunications today announced plans to begin commercial delivery this year of data transport services that allow local area network (LAN) connectivity at transmission speeds compatible with existing customer Ethernet and token-ring networks.
 BellSouth native mode LAN interconnection service is designed to carry data across a metropolitan area at "native" LAN speeds of 4, 10 and 16 megabits per second (Mbps).
 BellSouth's announcement of its plans to begin offering the service was made by Jere Drummond, president of BellSouth Telecommunications Marketing. Drummond's announcement came during remarks made at a major BellSouth customer forum, INSIGHT '93, being held this week in Atlanta.
 The service would allow a customer who has separate LANs scattered around a metropolitan area a way to build a single, multi-location LAN for all users.
 "This new service will be an integral part of our strategy to provide a portfolio of services that meets the high-speed data networking needs of our customers," Drummond said.
 "Our customers have told us of their need for connecting local area networks in a geographically dense area, and we're in the business of listening to our customers. This service is designed specifically to meet these requirements today and to pave the way to public-switched broadband networks like Broadband ISDN (BISDN)," Drummond said.
 BellSouth's commitment to gaining practical experience with new technologies before making them available to customers prompted an internal trial of this service that began in December, Drummond said. This technical trial connects local area networks among four company locations in the Atlanta area.
 The company expects to announce a customer trial for Atlanta in early spring.
 Upon completion of the dual trials in Atlanta, the new service is expected to become more widely deployed over the next two years in 10 to 12 other locations in the BellSouth region.
 Deployment decisions on locations beyond the initial Atlanta site, Drummond said, will be based on customer demand and the availability of existing fiber facilities in these metropolitan areas.
 The service provides customers with LAN connectivity at native speeds of 4 and 16 Mbps for token-ring networks, and at 10 Mbps for Ethernet networks.
 It utilizes a shared fiber-based backbone to transport LAN traffic across a metropolitan area. Customers will be provided with either Ethernet or token-ring access to the backbone network.
 Native mode LAN interconnection service is designed to complement other interconnection services offered by BellSouth like Frame Relay and switched multimegabit data service (SMDS). It is expected to be particularly attractive to customers in metropolitan locations who have the need to interconnect local area networks.
 BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., with headquarters in Atlanta, provides telecommunications services in the BellSouth region. BellSouth Telecommunications does business as Southern Bell in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and as South Central Bell in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. These companies serve more than 18.6 million local telephone lines and provide local exchange and intraLATA long distance service over one of the most modern telecommunications networks in the world.
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 /CONTACT: David A. Storey of BellSouth Telecommunications, 205-321-3413/


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