Printer Friendly

COMCAST CORPORATION DEMONSTRATES HOW NEW COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS COULD PROVIDE MORE CHOICE, EXPANDED SERVICES FOR ALL PHONE USERS

 COMCAST CORPORATION DEMONSTRATES HOW NEW COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS
 COULD PROVIDE MORE CHOICE, EXPANDED SERVICES FOR ALL PHONE USERS
 GOOD NEWS FOR CONSUMERS: A CHOICE IS COMING
 DEMONSTRATION INTEGRATES CELLULAR TELEPHONE, PCS TECHNOLOGY AND
 CABLE TELEPHONE PLANT TO COMPLETE CALLS WITH NO RELIANCE WHATSOEVER
 ON TRADITIONAL LOCAL TELEPHONE NETWORKS
 PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In an unprecedented demonstration at its headquarters today, Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: CMCSA, CMCSK) completed a series of telephone calls linking three cities on two continents -- utilizing its cable television and other communications systems -- without using any traditional local telephone company facilities here or abroad.
 The demonstration signalled a new era of choice for telephone consumers. Comcast President, Brian L. Roberts, predicted that "by the end of this decade, consumers could have a choice of local phone service, just as they today can choose among long distance phone companies."
 Speakers in London, England, Philadelphia, Pa., and Trenton, N.J., conversed for ten minutes over a combination of radio and wire communications facilities joined together in an entirely new technological configuration by Comcast, one of America's leading diversified communications companies.
 Elements involved in the trans-Atlantic conference call included Comcast's own wireless cellular telephone system in Philadelphia; Eastern TeleLogic Corp., an alternative access fiber optic network in which Comcast will acquire, subject to regulatory approval, a majority interest; Comcast's experimental personal communications service (PCS) network operating in conjunction with Comcast's cable TV system in Trenton; and Cable London, Comcast's joint cable television-telephone system.
 "We have the ability -- right now -- to interconnect existing wireless and wireline technologies to create a new, seamless telecommunications network," Roberts said.
 "What we have demonstrated today is that all Americans can have advanced telecommunication services without having to support an additional investment of hundreds of billions of dollars in the traditional telephone network," Roberts added. "Hopefully, government policies will encourage the integration of cable TV, cellular, fiber optic, and new personal communications technologies by entrepreneurial companies like Comcast, so that consumers can have a genuine alternative to the local telephone company."
 In the demonstration, Roberts placed calls to recipients at three locations. Comcast Chairman, Ralph J. Roberts, received one call on a cellular handset in an automobile in front of Philadelphia's historic City Hall. Harold S. Sherman, Senior Vice President of St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, N.J., received a call through a telephone in his pocket -- part of Comcast's experimental PCS facility. In London, the Director of Cable and Satellite for the Independent Television Commission, Jon Davey, received two phone calls, one via Cable London's fiber optic and copper twisted pair network, and the other via fiber optic and coaxial cable television technology.
 Through a special video feed, observers at Comcast's Philadelphia headquarters watched all call participants.
 At the Philadelphia call location, Brian L. Roberts, President of Comcast, Donald Rumsfeld, Chairman of General Instrument Corp., and John W. Battin, Senior Vice President and General Manager - Personal Communications - of Motorola Inc., explained the technological and economic benefits to business and consumer users.
 Brian L. Roberts cited the important contributions of General Instrument Corporation and Motorola Inc. in making the demonstration possible. "Working together, these three American companies have shown that our nation will maintain its leadership in the telecommunications field, ensuring that American businesses and consumers will have more choices, better service and lower prices."
 Comcast has grown over the last decade from a cable TV company with 200,000 subscribers to one that today serves or has affiliations with more than 2.8 million subscribers.
 The company has been expanding into the cellular telephone business since 1988 and in 1992 took a major step by acquiring -- for $1.1 billion -- the Metromedia Company's cellular operations centered in Philadelphia. Combined with its previous operations, the acquisition gave Comcast a cellular market stretching from Northern New Jersey through Delaware, one of the nation's most populous and heavily traveled regions encompassing in excess of 7.3 million people.
 Earlier this year, Comcast entered into an agreement to purchase, subject to regulatory approval, a 51 percent interest in Eastern TeleLogic Corp., a fiber optic-based business telecommunications company providing access telephone services to businesses and long distance carriers. At the time of that purchase, Roberts said, "We are enthusiastic about the prospects of developing a synergy between fiber, cable, cellular, and personal communications technologies."
 Roberts recalled that statement and said, "Today's demonstration is another major stride in that direction. It also shows that the rapid pace of technological change demands a comprehensive national telecommunications policy, not a piecemeal approach that could stifle innovation or chill new investment."
 Comcast Corporation is principally engaged in the development and operation of cable television and cellular communications systems. The company's consolidated and affiliated cable operations served over 2.8 million subscribers at June 30, 1992. This included over 830,000 subscribers representing 50 percent of the total subscribers served by Storer Communications, Inc.
 With the completion of the acquisition of Metrophone, the company now provides cellular telephone services in the Northeast United States to markets encompassing a population in excess of 7.3 million. In addition, Comcast is also engaged in the sale and installation of sound communications systems, owning the largest independent network of background music systems operating under the Muzak name.
 The Class A and Class A Special Common Stock are traded in the over- the-counter market and are reported in the National Market List under the NASDAQ symbols CMCSA and CMCSK, respectively.
 -0- 9/10/92
 /CONTACT: John R. Alchin, 215-981-7503, or Mark A. Coblitz, 215-981-7733, both of Comcast/
 (CMCSA) CO: Comcast Corporation ST: Pennsylvania IN: TLS SU: PDT


GK-OS -- NY026 -- 7954 09/10/92 11:07 EDT
COPYRIGHT 1992 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1992 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Sep 10, 1992
Words:935
Previous Article:WAHLCO ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS RECEIVES $2 MILLION IN FGC SYSTEM CONTRACTS
Next Article:WEST PENN POWER $135 MILLION FIRST MORTGAGE BONDS 'A+' BY FITCH -- FITCH FINANCIAL WIRE --
Topics:


Related Articles
METROPHONE INTRODUCES NEW ADVANCED CELLULAR SERVICE
NEW CELLULAR TELEPHONE DIRECTORY DIALS UP SERVICE; ENHANCED DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE HAS BUILT-IN INTELLIGENCE
COMCAST CELLULAR COMMUNICATIONS, INC. NAMES THE SILBERMAN GROUP AS AGENCY OF RECORD
HAND-HELD CELLULAR PHONE RENTALS GAINING POPULARITY AMONG BUSINESS TRAVELERS
COMCAST METROPHONE MAKES THREE YEAR COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT THE DAD VAIL REGATTA; EXPANDS EVENT INTO A GALA RIVER FESTIVAL
COMCAST INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, INC. TEAMS UP WITH RTE, BORD NA MONA AND GCI LIMITED ON MOBILE PHONE BID
KANSAS CITY WICHITA DIRECTOR OF NETWORK ENGINEERING OPERATIONS NAMED FOR SPRINT TELECOMMUNICATIONS VENTURE
TRIAL TO TEST NEW LOCATING SERVICE FOR CELLULAR CALLERS
Comcast Cellular Introduces 'Road Smarts,' a Cellular Safety Program for Young Drivers
`Comcast Delivers the Country'.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters