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GTE BRINGS INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY TO LONG BEACH; NATION'S FIRST ISDN CITYWIDE PHONE SYSTEMS OFFERS SIMPLIFIED CALLING, REDUCED TOLL RATES

 THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- GTE California and its deregulated subsidiary, GTEL, in partnership with the city of Long Beach, Calif., have installed the nation's first citywide Integrated System Digital Network (ISDN) in Long Beach, West Area President Larry Sparrow announced today.
 The system, called CityTel, provides Long Beach's governmental agencies with a feature-rich combination of GTE network services such as Primary Rate ISDN (PRI) and CentraNet, with connectivity to various telephone systems and the outside world. The system can be integrated with products from various vendors, new features can be added as they're developed so the system will never become obsolete.
 Basic ISDN enables a telephone user to send voice, data and video simultaneously over a single phone line. However, PRI ISDN is an expanded digital transmission method for high band-width customers, using a four-wire, T-1 (1.54 megabits per second) transmission rate. PRI has 24 transmission channels, which can be used individually at 64 kilobits per second, or aggregated for the 1.54 MBS rate for high- capacity voice, data and video needs.
 CentraNet provides custom-calling features such as call waiting, forwarding and conferencing through GTE's network, rather than over a PBX or independent phone system.
 In late November 1993, the city awarded GTEL a $1.5 million contract to build the CityTel network, after reviewing proposals from 18 companies.
 "For Long Beach employees and customers, CityTel will mean simplified dialing, reduced toll rates and nearly unlimited capacity for voice, data and video," Sparrow said. "With our fiber rings, local SmartPark business center, digital switches and other state-of-the-art technology now in the community, we have made Long Beach a landmark stop on the information superhighway," he said.
 "The city's new phone system is outstanding," said Long Beach City Manager Jim Hankla. "Not only does it provide us with simpler access to city facilities throughout Long Beach, but the improved system allows staff to communicate quicker and easier."
 Portions of the CityTel network already are in place. The city now has its own prefix -- 570 -- so citizens can directly call departments without their calls having to be directed through a central switchboard.
 When CityTel is fully deployed, employees of all city agencies will be able to dial one another using five-digit numbers, regardless of the type of telephone equipment installed in each location.
 Today, CityTel can carry voice, data and video services on a dial-up basis. And since the system is based on GTE's ISDN network services, new features can easily be added throughout the city.
 Hankla said the new ISDN system is a specially developed solution to Long Beach's demanding and growing telecommunications needs.
 "Our city faced the challenge of providing voice and data communications to various locations, spread throughout the city's 50-square-mile area, in the most cost-effective way possible," he said.
 "Working with GTE, we've found a solution that will meet Long Beach's communications needs well into the 21st century."
 The ISDN network is another telecommunications first for Long Beach. GTE California transported the first local phone calls carried over fiber-optic cable in the nation in this community in the early 1970s.
 GTE California, a subsidiary of GTE Corp. of Stamford, Conn., provides local service and local toll calling to about 3.1 million Californians in 330 communities throughout the state.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Cox of GTE California, 800-227-5556, or (outside California), 805-373-1653/


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