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LOCKHEED IMS TO TAKE OVER ADMINISTRATION OF 800 NUMBER ADMINISTRATION AND SERVICE CENTER

 TEANECK, N.J., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Information Management Services Company (Lockheed IMS) yesterday announced the signing of a contract naming the company the administrator of the 800 Number Administration Service Center (NASC). The service previously had been provided by Bellcore, the research and engineering consortium of the Regional Bell Operating Companies, which developed the SMS/800 management system that supports 800 number calling services nationwide.
 The contract was awarded to an independent contractor outside the telecommunications industry to facilitate the FCC Order for 800 number portability, which went into effect earlier this year. As NASC administrator, Lockheed IMS will provide support for administering the customer record database in the SMS 800, which serves the entire telecommunications industry. The firm also will be responsible for monitoring the impartial assignment of 800 numbers.
 Since last February, when Bellcore first notified Lockheed IMS of its intent to award the contract to the Teaneck, N.J. firm, Lockheed IMS has successfully completed a rigorous transition by gradually taking over the operations of the NASC, and by relocating the facility from Bellcore's Livingston, N.J. headquarters to Lockheed IMS' Information Services Center in Tarrytown, N.Y. Lockheed assumes full NASC operations responsibility as of December 1, 1993.
 As administrator of the NASC, Lockheed IMS can verify the placement of orders for service in the 800 database, and will provide other customer service functions, such as technical and user support and training to 800 service providers, which includes long distance carriers, local telephone companies, and others.
 Lockheed IMS' contract will be administered by Database Service Management, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bellcore, over a term of up to five years.
 Joseph Franlin, Lockheed IMS' vice president of telecommunications operations and NASC manager, said, "Lockheed's unique technical capabilities, managerial qualifications, and focus on customer satisfaction will provide 800 SMS users with the level of expertise that they expect from the NASC. The successful transition of the service center to Lockheed IMS should be an early indication of our capabilities."
 According to Lockheed IMS President John Brophy, the new contract providing Third Party services to the telecommunications industry fits comfortably within the scope of the firm's structure.
 "All of our lines of business have been successful because they share similar service characteristics. Each area that we serve requires our strong systems integration expertise, proprietary software development, and objective, even-handed quality management services," Brophy explained.
 Lockheed IMS is a premier provider of data processing systems and services, with extensive experience in the management of high volume databases across multiple applications and the management of conversions and transitions in complex environments. The company services more than 200 clients nationwide and internationally, with regional offices in 35 major cities in the U.S. and abroad.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Niklaus of Lockheed IMS, 202-659-0389/
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