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NEW NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK OPENS

 NEW NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK OPENS
 REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- A new national


telecommunications network will be launched on Monday, Nov. 16, with the help of South Central Bell, the U.S. Army and students from Huntsville's Lee High School.
 The new National Integrated Services Digital Network-1 (ISDN-1) will open with a videoteleconference call joining four locations -- Redstone Arsenal at Huntsville, Reston, Va., Chicago and Los Angeles. During the call, students from Huntsville's Lee High School will discuss the future of telecommunications with other students from selected schools at each site. The students will also participate in a file transfer of artwork over the ISDN network to and from Reston.
 U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer will be on hand for this historic event.
 "It's appropriate this new national network be opened with South Central Bell and the U.S. Army's participation," said Gary Pledger, South Central Bell's district manager. "Our ISDN partnership began in 1989 when the U.S. Army at Redstone Arsenal became South Central Bell's first ISDN customer. We're pleased to provide National ISDN-1 and help Redstone Arsenal continue to be one of the U.S. Army's most technologically advanced research and development centers."
 ISDN is the industry term for a major advance in telecommunications. Unlike traditional telephone service, ISDN provides not one, but three information-bearing channels on a single line. That makes it possible for users to enjoy multiple voice channels, or a combination of voice, data and video communications, simultaneously over one telephone line -- either copper or fiber optic cable.
 According to Pledger, last June the Huntsville metropolitan network became the nation's first to have interconnected ISDN services. This enabled ISDN users in Huntsville and Madison to call any other ISDN user in the area, with the capability of voice, data and video communications over a single telephone line. South Central Bell currently has over 1,100 ISDN lines in service for 12 Huntsville-area customers.
 "National ISDN-1 is the next step," Pledger said. "Now, customers will have the tremendous advantages that ISDN offers -- high-speed and high-volume data transfer, work-at-home communications, distance learning, and more -- on a national basis."
 According to Tim Bell, communications officer for the U.S. Army's Corporate Information Center, the introduction of the new National ISDN-1 network has clear benefits.
 "No longer will our ISDN applications be limited to the confines of Redstone Arsenal," Bell said. "Eventually, individuals at U.S. Army posts across the country will be able to use 'desktop conferencing.' That is, they can connect their computers and phones together over ISDN lines and work simultaneously on joint projects, saving time and the expense of sending paper documents by mail or fax."
 The opening of the National ISDN-1 network is part of a three-day event called Transcontinental ISDN Project (TRIP) '92 symbolizing the telecommunications industry's commitment to connecting ISDN through local and long distance networks across North America. More than 20 local call-switching offices will initially be connected to the new network. In BellSouth's nine southeastern states, South Central Bell's Redstone Arsenal office is one of four offices capable of connecting. The others are Atlanta (Toco Hills), Cary, N.C., and Sanford, Fla. By 1996 local telephone companies across the country will have more than 60.7 million lines capable of providing ISDN and connection to National ISDN-1.
 In addition to opening the new network, TRIP '92 will feature demonstrations of ISDN applications in medical imaging, education, government and business at some 150 locations in 26 states, four Canadian provinces, parts of Europe, Asia and Australia. Over 70 ISDN user companies and organizations are participating in the event.
 "We're helping build a network to carry the commerce of a new age," Pledger added, "to carry information for the information age."
 South Central Bell and Southern Bell are trade names of BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., with headquarters in Atlanta and Birmingham. These companies serve over 18 million local telephone lines in the southeastern United States, and provide local exchange and intraLATA long distance service over one of the most modern telecommunications networks in the world.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Media interested in attending this event should contact Sanda Martel of the MICOM Public Affairs Office, 205-876-4161./
 /CONTACT: Bob Chappelle of South Central Bell, 205-532-8742 or, toll-free in Alabama, 557-8737/ CO: South Central Bell ST: Alabama IN: TLS SU: PDT


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