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NEW JERSEY BELL TO EXPAND VIDEO CAPABILITIES

 NEW JERSEY BELL TO EXPAND VIDEO CAPABILITIES
 NEWARK, N.J., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- New Jersey Bell announced today


the introduction of an advanced technology that ultimately will enable its business and residential customers to use regular telephone lines for the simultaneous transmission of voice, data and slow-speed video communications.
 The technology, known as Integrated Services Digital Network or ISDN for short, now is available as a standard option for companies using Bell Atlantic Centrex business services. The offering will be marketed as Bell Atlantic IntelliLinQ BRI. Later this year and next year, the company plans to make ISDN available to non-Centrex business and residential customers.
 Without ISDN, it is necessary to have separate, dedicated telephone lines for voice, data and video communications. With ISDN, several signals can be combined and transmitted over a single telephone line. New telecommunications equipment from various manufacturers will make it easy for customers at work or at home to use the ISDN capabilities that will be part of New Jersey Bell's public, switched network.
 Using the ISDN capability that will be deployed statewide beginning this year, businesses such as real estate agencies eventually will be able to converse with potential home buyers, show them color images or slow-speed videos of properties and conclude negotiations through video conferencing, all over a single telephone line.
 Similarly, as the ISDN capability is deployed and libraries and data bases are prepared, students at home or in a university, for example, will be able to access remote libraries and other data bases for documents, images and slow-speed videos. As ISDN-based services develop during the 1990s, the students will be able to establish video conferences with teachers and other students as they work on assignments.
 The multiple uses of a single line are made possible by establishing three channels of the line that are called a "basic rate interface," BRI for short. There is a "D" channel operating at 16,000 bits per second that is used to set up calls and to alert the user to incoming calls, and can be used for sending and receiving data in bursts known as packet-switched data transmission.
 In addition to the signaling channel, two "B" channels, each operating at 64,000 bits per second, are available for voice telephone calls or for fax messages, information from computer data bases, etc. These channels send information up to 25 times faster than most personal computer modems.
 The signaling channel enables the customer to simultaneously set up calls while using one or both "B" channels for separate purposes.
 In providing digital transmission between New Jersey Bell's central switching offices and customers' premises, ISDN uses an international standard, a group of technical specifications that is being applied nationwide to make it possible to interconnect telecommunications equipment from various manufacturers.
 The introduction of ISDN for business and residential use is part of the rapid evolution of today's public, switched telecommunications network that is primarily copper to a fully digital, fiber-optic network. New Jersey Bell and its sister Bell Atlantic companies are aggressively implementing evolutionary technologies that provide customers with a preview of the advanced network services to come in the next 10 to 20 years.
 In March (1992), New Jersey Bell filed with the state Board of Regulatory Commissioners its plan for an alternate form of regulation that will provide incentive for it to significantly enhance the public, switched network. The company's ultimate goal is a fully digital, fiber optic network to all homes and businesses by the year 2010. The fiber optic network will provide interactive voice and data plus two-way, full-motion high definition video services capabilities.
 In May (1992), Bell Atlantic and New Jersey Bell announced a trial in Union City that will use a new technology called ADSL, short for "asymmetrical digital subscriber line." It provides interactive voice and data plus one-way, VCR quality full-motion video over the copper network. Students, teachers and parents will be able to access, from their classrooms and homes, information and videos provided by third parties and stored in multimedia libraries and large-scale computer data bases.
 The company also announced that it will install the nation's first "SONET OC-12" survivable fiber-optic ring system directly to several businesses in Jersey City. In addition to providing high bandwidth for video services, the system will enable New Jersey Bell to provide service in hours rather than days and to instantaneously restore service if a service disruption occurs.
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 /CONTACT: James W. Carrigan of New Jersey Bell, 201-649-2279, or at home, 908-583-8290/ CO: New Jersey Bell ST: New Jersey IN: TLS SU: PDT


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