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NORTHERN TELECOM AWARDED FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT TO SUPPLY DIGITAL SWITCHES TO UPGRADE NYNEX'S TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

 NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- NYNEX Corporation (NYSE: NYN) has selected Northern Telecom (NYSE: NT) as one of its major switch vendors to modernize the regional Bell company's telecommunications network. Northern Telecom will help NYNEX reach its goal for a fully digital network within the next five years.
 Northern Telecom's participation in the project will represent about $1 billion over the next five years.
 NYNEX will deploy Northern Telecom's S/DMS SuperNode digital switching system throughout its service area, providing businesses and residential customers with reliable and efficient telephone services as well as access to the most advanced network services. Northern Telecom's digital switching systems are already used widely in the NYNEX network.
 More than 1.5 million customer telephone lines will be upgraded with the SuperNode systems. NYNEX plans to replace all its existing analog switching systems over the next five years. The majority of those replacement switches will be Northern Telecom S/DMS SuperNode systems.
 "NYNEX is positioned to shape the future of telecommunications and Northern Telecom is proud to be playing a major role in its plans," said Gerry Butters, president, Northern Telecom Inc.
 "This project demonstrates that NYNEX is taking aggressive steps to deliver the best telephone services to its customers and at the same time is preparing to deliver advanced services to them," Butters added.
 "Northern Telecom is proud that NYNEX has selected our S/DMS SuperNode system as the major switch to upgrade its network," said Brian Davis, Northern Telecom's Northeast regional vice president.
 Northern Telecom is currently working with NYNEX on many other innovative programs to test and deliver advanced services to customers.
 Last year, the companies, along with the New York City Department of Telecommunications and Energy, launched a three-year distance learning project that links three City high schools, the Borough of Manhattan Community College and Lincoln Center. Dubbed NYClassNet, the fiber- optic network makes it possible for high school students to take college courses, participate in advanced classes at other high schools, and take part in an expanded Arts in Education program direct from Lincoln Center.
 Another pilot project, with the City University of New York and the Department of Corrections and Health, enables customers to "dial up" the amount of bandwidth they need -- for a video conference, for example -- and pay for only the time they use it. Currently, customers using such services must have a dedicated line or private network. The City University of New York is trialing the service to broadcast classes and lectures to potentially 19 campuses in the city. The Department of Corrections and Health is using the system to conduct inter-departmental meetings.
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 /CONTACT: Pete Settles of Northern Telecom, 919-992-2788/
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