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INTEROP 93: BELL ATLANTIC DEMONSTRATES CLEAR PATH OUT OF DATA SERVICES MAZE

 WASHINGTON, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- If you're coming to INTEROP 93 looking for a clear, straightforward path through the thicket of the data services marketplace, come to Bell Atlantic. They'll lead you right into a dizzying maze.
 More importantly, they'll also lead you out again -- in the course of introducing one of the widest and most comprehensive ranges of digital data services now becoming available in many parts of the mid-Atlantic region.
 These services include Switched Multimegabit Data Services (SMDS), Frame Relay Services and Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) Network Services.
 Bell Atlantic telephone company demonstrations at INTEROP 93 (booth no. 2613) include a hands-on crack at the "Bolo Tank Game," in which seven players, from scattered locations, steer their tanks through an electronic maze and try to defeat their opponents. The game, designed to demonstrate the real-time distributed power of SMDS, was assembled through a combination of 3Com Corp. hardware, public domain software (available via the Internet) and SMDS service provided by Bell Atlantic's C&P Telephone Company.
 At INTEROP 92, the Bell Atlantic telephone companies announced that they would become "total solution providers" by developing a full range of high-speed data services and by teaming with independent equipment manufacturers to provide the CPE to support those services. At INTEROP 93, the companies are announcing the near-term availability of many of those services as well as the successful development of the Network Alliance Program.
 "We said we would deliver, and we are," said Mara Spaulder, Bell Atlantic Network Services manager of Broadband/WAN Product Development.
 Spaulder considers the maze an apt symbol for the current data services marketplace.
 "Customers face an increasingly bewildering range of choices," she said. "But many service vendors offer only limited products -- the one size fits all' philosophy that can lead customers to a dead end. Our concept is to define the individual customer's requirements first, and then -- drawing on the fullest possible range of service and product options -- develop a customized solution for each customer. That's the way out of the maze."
 This concept is backed by two major elements: the comprehensive family of digital data services provided by the Bell Atlantic telephone companies, and the Network Alliance Program, through which they team with leading independent equipment and applications manufacturers to provide total solutions for customers.
 The Bell Atlantic telephone companies now provide SMDS in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, northern New Jersey, and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and expect to expand service to Baltimore, Richmond and Norfolk, Va., and Delaware Valley, N.J., in June.(A)
 Bell Atlantic plans to make Frame Relay Service -- now undergoing a technical trial -- available in all these localities by June as well.(A)
 FDDI Network Services (FNS) are now being used on a trial basis by a number of federal agencies and will become available to the public initially in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in the second quarter of this year.(A)
 Other Bell Atlantic digital data services include Switched 56 Service, ISDN Services, PDN and private line services.
 Bell Atlantic telephone company demonstrations at INTEROP 93 offer a direct look at how their high speed data services and the Network Alliance Program combine in practice to address particular customer needs. A publisher of color catalogs, for example, sends its book contents to the printing company electronically, using C&P Telephone SMDS service and equipment supplied by MultiAccess Computing Corp., a Bell Atlantic Network Alliance Program participant. In another demonstration, C&P Telephone and Andrew Corp., also a Network Alliance Program participant, demonstrate Frame Relay's efficiency in linking the geographically dispersed elements of a company's IBM-based network.
 Bell Atlantic and its alliance companies will present four other such demonstrations -- and the Bolo Tank Game -- at INTEROP 93, the Ninth Interoperability Conference and Exhibition, at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center. The Bell Atlantic demonstrations are available for viewing at booth no. 2613, during INTEROP's exhibition phase, March 10-12.
 Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL), based in Philadelphia, is the parent company of New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone (Delaware) and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
 (A) Subject to regulatory approval.
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