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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION PURCHASES SWITCHED MULTI-MEGABIT DATA SERVICE

 GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION PURCHASES
 SWITCHED MULTI-MEGABIT DATA SERVICE
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in Philadelphia this month became the first organization in the country to purchase a public switched multi-megabit data service.
 The service is offered by Bell of Pennsylvania, a Bell Atlantic company, through its "trial service offering" tariff for pre-switched multi-megabit data service (pre-SMDS). The tariff became effective late last year. The service is labeled "pre-SMDS" because it is based on prototype equipment that does not provide all the functionality, such as usage billing, required for a true SMDS service as defined by Bellcore.
 "GSA was moving several departments from their current location at 9th and Market streets in Philadelphia, which houses a government printing plant, to a new office location several blocks away, and they needed a high-speed connection for their local area network (LAN) users that always would be available on demand," said Vince Accardo, a systems engineer for Bell Atlantic Federal Systems Division. "Bell Atlantic's new public switched data service fit the bill."
 When GSA has completed connecting their systems to the pre-SMDS service next month, about 250 computer users on three different Ethernet LANs will be transmitting database information and electronic mail to the printing plant, which is remaining at 9th and Market streets.
 The GSA is connecting to the Bell Atlantic high-speed data service at a 1.17 Mbps access rate, using Wellfleet routers. The data service is supporting a TCP/IP LAN protocol and applications such as cc:Mail and Harvard Graphics.
 "So far, GSA has seen no appreciable loss of applications and no appreciable delays," said Accardo.
 "GSA didn't have to set up its own data network -- it just plugged into an established network that has around-the-clock support from the phone company," said Accardo.
 Knowledge that the pre-SMDS service is a public, switched service was a factor in the GSA's decision.
 "The prospect of easily interconnecting with other federal agencies in Philadelphia also was a plus for GSA, not to mention the idea of interconnecting with private sector organizations," said Accardo.
 The Bell Atlantic pre-SMDS service is available in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The rates for the service are $500 per month for each subscriber interface to the public switched data service, plus a non-recurring connection charge of $850 per line.
 The establishment of a pre-SMDS tariff is the first step in Bell Atlantic's phased deployment of a true Switched Multi-megabit Data Service (SMDS) throughout the six mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia served by the seven Bell Atlantic telephone companies.
 Bell Atlantic expects to offer SMDS service that fully complies with the Bellcore specifications by mid-1992. The Bell Atlantic phone companies plan to deploy SMDS service as rapidly as they receive, install and test equipment delivered by the vendor, Siemens Stromberg-Carlson. The service will be deployed in Pennsylvania and other markets, such as the Washington metropolitan area and Northern New Jersey.
 Bell Atlantic, based in Philadelphia, is the parent of New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone (Delaware), and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone companies serving Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington.
 Bell Atlantic is also the parent of companies that provide wireless communications in the mid-Atlantic region and business systems and services for customer-based information technology, including 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, in conjunction with Ameritech, owns a majority interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand.
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