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NEW JERSEY BELL FIBER OPTICS TO INCREASE RELIABILITY

 NEW JERSEY BELL FIBER OPTICS TO INCREASE RELIABILITY
 ARLINGTON, Va., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- To bolster service to


customers in Jersey City, New Jersey Bell announced today it is teaming with Fujitsu Network Transmission Systems, Inc., to aggressively install the nation's first "SONET OC-12" survivable fiber optic ring system directly to businesses.
 When ready about August (1992), the system will enable New Jersey Bell, a Bell Atlantic company, to provide voice, data and video services in hours rather than days and to ensure nearly instantaneous restoral if service is disrupted. Also, the system will permit the company to introduce additional services that provide high bandwidth for video services, plus remote service provisioning and performance monitoring capabilities.
 At the heart of the system is a technology called SONET (Synchronous Optical Network), an evolving network standard used by telecommunications companies to connect high speed transmission equipment that is manufactured by various companies. A standard is a group of technical sepcifications that governs the way telecommunications equipment and networks are interconnected. "OC-12" refers to the capacity and speed of the SONET system.
 "When we talk with companies in the financial community and with government, for example, what they want from us is the latest fiber- based voice, data and video capabilities. And, they want it fast. The SONET OC-12 fiber ring gives them all of that and more," said Edward H. Sproat, vice president-operations and chief operating officer at New Jersey Bell.
 Customers also want service disruptions to be transparent, Sproat said, meaning that if a fiber optic cable is accidentally cut or if network equipment such as a multiplexer fails, service restoral is instantaneous. The SONET OC-12 system is capable of restoring service within 50 thousandths of a second.
 During the 1980s and early 1990s, the Jersey City waterfront emerged as a haven for New York businesses looking for lower-priced office space. The influx included several banks, insurance companies, data processing firms and even the state Treasury Department. New Jersey Bell introduced SONET technology in Jersey City and elsewhere in 1991, primarily between central switching offices. A limited amount of SONET was placed to customers' premises but it was lower capacity and not in a survivable ring configuration.
 In designing its high capacity SONET OC-12 system, New Jersey Bell used a new software program called "SONET Toolkit." Developed by Bellcore, the research and engineering consortium that supports the regional Bell companies, the special software ensures that requirements, including survivability, are provided directly to customers' premises at the lowest possible cost. The software will enable the company to optimize the performance of its fiber ring system and deploy SONET technology statewide.
 The Jersey City SONET OC-12 system initially will serve 14 office buildings with about 30 major businesses in the city's waterfront area. The application is the first in the nation providing data speeds of 622 million bits per second or an equivalent voice capacity of 8,064 lines to specific customer locations. The system is upgradable to SONET OC-48, 2.4 billion bits per second or an equivalent voice capacity of 32,256 lines.
 Two New Jersey Bell central switching offices connect with remote equipment terminals or "digital nodes" that connect with the area businesses. The fiber optic ring handles the companies' voice, data and video requirements and instantaneously restores service if any part of the ring fails. The SONET technology also facilitates the interconnection of network equipment provided by various manufacturers.
 Fujitsu is one of a handful of companies marketing SONET technology and equipment and the only company that met New Jersey Bell's rigid specifications. Companies are clamoring to market SONET since it is expected to be the ultra-high-speed transport medium for future services. "Metropolitan area networks" that link computer systems in cities and suburbs and "broadband integrated services digital network" service that will offer voice and high speed data transmission plus interactive high definition television are examples of SONET-based services.
 The deployment of SONET is part of New Jersey Bell's $600 million 1992 construction program, but the Bell Atlantic subsidiary has more in mind for the future. On March 31, 1992, Bell filed its plan for an "alternative form of regulation" that lays the foundation for it to invest an additional $1 billion or more in the network through 1999.
 If approved by the state Board of Regulatory Commissioners, the company's "Opportunity New Jersey" plan would enable New Jersey Bell to begin statewide deployment of SONET-compatible, switched broadband video capabilities as early as 1996. Using digital switching and fiber optic transmission technologies, New Jersey Bell's network would enable local hospitals to quickly transmit CAT scans, Magnetic Resonance Imagery and other test results to distant major medical centers for timely evaluations. In addition, this capability would enable multiple cable television providers to bring high definition television to homes.
 The company's ultimate goal is to finish bringing the fiber optic network to businesses and homes by the year 2010. The list of potential service providers includes cable TV companies, newspaper publishers, academic institutions, educational information providers, health care professionals and others. The New Jersey Bell network would be an electronic highway that would be available to all service providers on equal terms and conditions.
 Other services that are expected to develop as the advanced network is built include telecommuting, distance learning, home energy and security management, home shopping and financial services such as bank cards for purchases at local businesses. A proliferation of information data bases for business and residential use are expected to materialize as the advanced network is deployed.
 By making possible more and better telecommunications capabilities, the fiber optic network is expected to keep the state competitive with other states and countries and to create new jobs, tax revenues and personal income.
 Fujitsu Network Transmission Systems, Inc., headquartered in Richardson, Texas, develops, engineers and manufactures a variety of high-speed fiber optic transport and digital loop access systems, as well as outside plant cabinets. The company recently completed construction of a 400,000-square-foot facility at its Richardson headquarters to ensure increased responsiveness to the technological demands posed by the telecommunications field. Fujitsu's global expertise in computer, telecommunications and semiconductor technologies, coupled with the company's broad product experience, continues to serve customers' needs for flexibility and performance.
 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.
 Bell Atlantic also is the parent of companies that provide wireless communications in the mid-Atlantic region and business systems 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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 /CONTACT: Larry Plumb of Bell Atlantic, 703-974-5446; Greg Wortman of Fujitsu, 800-777-3278; or James W. Carrigan of New Jersey Bell, 201-649-2279/
 (BEL) CO: New Jersey Bell; Fujitsu Network Transmission Systems, Inc. ST: New Jersey, Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia IN: TLS SU:


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