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FARMERS TELEPHONE BECOMES FIRST INDEPENDENT TELCO TO PURCHASE EWSD FROM SIEMENS STROMBERG-CARLSON

 BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Farmers Telephone Company has become the first independent telco to purchase an EWSD central office switch from Siemens Stromberg-Carlson.
 Farmers Tel, based in Lancaster, Wis., plans a system cutover in September 1994. The 7,900-line EWSD will serve an area of 370 square miles in southwestern Wisconsin. EWSD feature sets include Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), automatic call distribution, SS7 signaling, NPA transparency and expanded 800 service.
 "With EWSD, the features and technology that are available to the Bell Operating companies are also available to the independents at a very competitive price," said Jesse Lumpkin, vice president of sales at Siemens Stromberg-Carlson.
 The EWSD system will function with three remote operating units (ROUs), plus one from an affiliate, IOC -- Dickeyville Telephone Corporation. A one-exchange company, the Dickeyville IOC is contiguous to one of Farmers Tel exchanges.
 Besides numerous farms, the EWSD calling area includes a hospital, government agencies, and some manufacturing operations. The EWSD will serve the towns and villages of Cassville (pop. 1,200); Potosi (pop. 700); Beetown (pop. 150); Dickeyville (pop. 900) and Lancaster (pop. 4,600). All these towns are also linked by fiber optic cable.
 "Several of our local companies are based in Wisconsin cities, and the local offices want the same telephone and data services that the headquarters operations enjoy. We've learned they're looking for as many features as their big city neighbors," said Edward Neckvatal, general manager at Farmers Tel.
 Agribusiness has placed new demands on the quality of telephone service, with special requirements for data. For example, farmers may need real-time information on prices, the dairy industry, feed supplements and nutrients.
 "Farmers Tel is on a learning curve to market these services. That's why we're going to rely on Siemens Stromberg-Carlson to help us develop and sell services to this community," said Philip Smedema, staff engineer at Farmers Tel.
 Siemens Stromberg-Carlson is a leading supplier of advanced telecommunications switching equipment to the Bell Operating Companies, independent telephone companies and interexchange carriers. Serving the United States telephone industry for 100 years, the company designs, develops and manufactures digital central office switching systems, broadband switching systems, packet switching systems and transmission equipment. Based in Boca Raton, the company is part of the Siemens U.S. Group of companies which had combined sales of $5.5 billion in fiscal 92/93, with 47,000 employees at over 400 sales and service locations and 70 manufacturing, assembly and engineering locations.
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 /NOTE TO EDITOR: EWSD is a registered trademark of Siemens AG, Germany.
 ISDN allows the existing copper-wire telephone network to carry digital signals such as data and video, along with voice, at very high speeds./
 /CONTACT: Roger Hall, 407-955-6706, or Robert Bartolotta, 407-994-7433, both of Siemens Stromberg-Carlson/


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