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BELLSOUTH WILL PURCHASE ATM SWITCHING EQUIPMENT TO MEET CURRENT AND FUTURE BROADBAND SERVICE NEEDS

 ATLANTA, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- BellSouth Telecommunications Inc. announced today that it will purchase Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) broadband switching equipment from Fujitsu Network Switching of America (FNS).
 The equipment will be used to provide switched broadband services such as high speed digital data and imaging.
 Under the terms of the contract, BellSouth has to date placed orders for eight Fujitsu FETEX-150(R) All-Bandwidth(TM) ATM switching systems.
 The Fujitsu ATM switching systems provide a single platform for multiple services at digital speeds ranging from 64,000 bits per second to 622 million bits per second. This "bandwidth on demand" capability means they can support a variety of communications services, providing a flexible highway for everything from low-speed data to supercomputers.
 Jere Drummond, marketing group president of BellSouth Telecommunications, said that BellSouth intends to aggressively participate in what it sees as a rapidly growing market for high-speed digital broadband services. "We feel strongly that there are many areas, including business, medicine, education, scientific research and even the home, where high-speed switched services will enhance and expand communications capabilities. To meet these needs, BellSouth will be a leader in bringing broadband functionality into the public switched telecommunications network."
 BellSouth expects to deploy a significant number of ATM switching systems over the next three years as an overlay on its existing switched network, with customer demand driving deployment. The company will migrate existing broadband services such as Switched Multimegabit Data Service (SMDS) and Frame Relay to ATM switching systems early next year. The company offers these services in Atlanta; Birmingham, Ala.; Nashville, Tenn., and Charlotte, N.C., and expects to expand the offering to other cities later this year. No other cities or site locations have been announced for ATM switching systems at this time.
 As part of the contract, BellSouth will work with Fujitsu on the development of both internal and customer network management systems.
 Ken Hovaldt, FNS senior vice president of marketing and sales, said: "It was with BellSouth that we installed the first ATM switch in a U.S. central office back in December of 1991 for broadband application field trial use. As the industry leader in ATM switch development, we're very gratified that BellSouth is moving aggressively to deploy this capability in their network."
 Fujitsu Network Switching of America, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, a $25 billion global leader in integrated telecommunications systems, computers and semiconductors employing 155,000 people. In the United States, Fujitsu has 5,000 employees operating 150 facilities, including four manufacturing plants and nine R&D centers. FNS is involved in four U.S. ATM application field trials, and has now commercial agreements with two major U.S. telephone operating companies for deployment of the FETEX-150 All- Bandwidth switching system for the public network.
 BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., with headquarters in Atlanta and Birmingham, provides unified direction and support for the local telecommunications operations of BellSouth in the southeastern United States. The company 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 entities serve over 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: Robert Morrow of BellSouth Telecommunications, 404-529-8169, or Scott Anderson of Fujitsu Network Switching of America, 919-790-3356/
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