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GTE TO BUILD FIBER-OPTIC HIGHWAYS IN 12 STATES; WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO WORLD'S FASTEST DIGITAL TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS

 IRVING, Texas, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- GTE Telephone Operations today announced it will build 50 advanced fiber-optic highways in 12 states, allowing customers access to the world's fastest digital transmission systems.
 The initiative will include installation of 50 fiber-optic rings and related equipment -- known as Synchronous Optical Network or SONET -- in 1993 and early 1994. Following these initial installations, additional rings and equipment will be added during the following years. The first of GTE's SONET rings already is in service in the Los Angeles area.
 GTE's network investment for this infrastructure will exceed $240 million. Of that amount, $170 million is to be spent during the next three years for SONET electronics equipment, and the remainder will be allocated for the addition of fiber-optic cables.
 "These SONET rings will serve as the backbone for the high-speed information network of the future," said Clark Barlow, senior vice president-operations for GTE Telephone Operations. "GTE intends to be a market leader in the delivery of enhanced services to our customers."
 Speed and Network Reliability
 SONET's biggest advantages include high-speed transmissions, self- healing capabilities, and enhanced remote maintenance capabilities -- all of which are critical to building an information highway. The ring's high speed and capacity mean customers will have access to services such as interactive videoconferencing, the most advanced data transmission capabilities and, eventually, video on demand.
 The rings can transmit information at rates up to 2.488 billion bits per second (bps). Using a SONET transmission rate, a 500-page novel can be transmitted in slightly more than two seconds. By contrast, a typical high-speed data circuit (1.544 million bps) would take more than an hour to transmit a 500-page book and a typical voice channel (64,000 bps) would take approximately a day.
 In addition, the SONET rings will dramatically improve GTE's network reliability through their ability to reroute transmissions in as little as 60 milliseconds. This "self-healing" ability will give GTE customers uninterrupted service if cables or equipment are damaged at any point on the ring.
 Enhanced remote maintenance capabilities allow centralized monitoring and maintenance of the SONET networks. This augments the network reliability for the customer.
 "We've been extending fiber technology to customers for years, but these new rings give our customers significant increases in efficiency and reliability," Barlow added. They also dramatically expand opportunities for advanced new data and video services."
 Deployment in 12 States
 Beginning this year, GTE has planned SONET rings and related equipment for Dallas/Fort Worth, San Angelo, Bryan and the Houston area, Texas; Honolulu; Tampa, Fla.; Everett, Wash.; Beaverton, Ore.; Erie and York, Pa.; Bloomington, Ill.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Branson, Mo.; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Richmond (Old Church), Dale City, and the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake areas, Va.; and, the Los Angeles area.
 GTE has selected AT&T Network Systems as its primary vendor for SONET ring equipment. "With this announcement, GTE is emerging as an industry leader in the use of SONET systems," said Steve Smith, sales vice president for AT&T. "GTE's self-healing SONET rings will differentiate its network from competitive access providers by offering a potent combination of cost savings, increased efficiency and advanced capabilities."
 GTE's other SONET equipment vendor is Northern Telecom. "Deployment of SONET rings positions GTE to offer the industry's most advanced data services to meet the demands of increasingly sophisticated high-tech customers," said Rod McPherson, Northern Telecom marketing vice president.
 Successful SONET Trial
 In May, GTE completed an AT&T Network Systems pilot program using a 50-mile ring in Southern California. The ring, which links the cities of Ontario, Pomona, Covina and La Puente, marks the first of a five-ring network planned for the Ontario Airport area, east of downtown Los Angeles.
 "When the Ontario network is complete, more than 20 central offices and more than 100 customer sites will be linked by SONET fiber-optic rings," said Alice Furuya, manager-planning for GTE West area. "In all, this will serve some 700,000 telephone access lines at businesses, schools and residences.
 "One of the great things about SONET, in addition to its speed and reliability, is its capacity to adapt to the future," Furuya said. "SONET is flexible enough to handle new transmission demands that are only being dreamed of today."
 GTE Telephone Operations, the largest U.S.-based local telephone company, provides telecommunications service for more than 21 million access lines in portions of 40 states, British Columbia, Quebec, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. It also markets telecommunications products and services, and supplies computer software and data processing. GTE Telephone Operations, based in Irving, Texas, had total revenues of $15.9 billion in 1992. Its parent organization, GTE Corp. (NYSE: GTE), is the fourth-largest publicly owned telecommunications company in the world.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara L. Walker of GTE Telephone Operations, 214-718-6917, or after 6 p.m. CDT, 817-354-8901/
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