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NORWEGIAN TELECOM SELECTS GTE AS STRATEGIC PARTNER IN SERVICE FOR NORWEGIAN CORPORATIONS WITH DOMESTIC AND PAN-EUROPEAN REQUIREMENTS

 NORWEGIAN TELECOM SELECTS GTE AS STRATEGIC PARTNER IN SERVICE FOR
 NORWEGIAN CORPORATIONS WITH DOMESTIC AND PAN-EUROPEAN REQUIREMENTS
 OSLO, Norway, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Norwegian Telecom (NT) has selected GTE Spacenet as its strategic partner in the provision of a new satellite-based, business-communications service for Norwegian corporations with domestic and pan-European requirements, beginning in the fall of 1992.
 Norwegian Telecom will target corporations in the banking/financial- services industry, automotive dealerships and retailers for its new service, called NORSAT Plus. Terms were not disclosed.
 In an announcement here today, Tormod Hermansen, managing director of Norwegian Telecom, said, "The purpose behind the introduction of the NORSAT Plus system is to provide an optimal service offering, in order to cover specialized communication needs. The service is mainly intended for Norwegian companies with a need for interactive point-to- multipoint data communications. The service is also meant to cover requirements from Norway to other countries.
 "When selecting a partner for this venture, we wanted to make sure that both organizations were philosophically compatible. NT and GTE Spacenet are both telecommunications-services organizations, so we approach customers in much the same way," Hermansen added.
 "In Norway, as in other countries, today's corporations operate in a global economy, with telecommunications serving as the linchpin of profitable business operations," said Dr. C.J. Waylan, president, GTE Spacenet. "Norwegian Telecom has seized the initiative to ensure that its customers, though based in Norway, have the telecommunications capabilities they will require to aggressively participate in global commerce. European corporations know they must penetrate global markets to be successful in the face of ever-increasing competition at home and abroad."
 Advancing Information Technology Across Europe
 Satellite-based networks that use very small aperture terminals (VSATs) are expected to play a major role in helping to advance information technology across the highly diverse European continent during the next five years, said Hermansen. Automobile dealerships, retailers, banking and financial services have been identified as the most likely market segments to benefit immediately from a pan-European networking capability because their businesses are information intensive and because of the high number of remote sites in their networks.
 The NORSAT Plus service will consist of GTE Spacenet's Skystar(R) Plus Network Services, including satellite-communications equipment and related hardware and software, network management, implementation and maintenance services, and training. GTE Spacenet will build a shared- hub earth station for NT in Oslo.
 GTE Spacenet has substantial experience in the implementation of VSAT networks, having installed close to 50,000 VSATs in the United States and around the world.
 Norway was the first country in Europe to use satellites in its domestic-telecommunications network when, in 1976, the NORSAT A system was established. Norwegian Telecom operates two major satellite-earth stations: Eik Earth Station on the west coast and Nittedal Earth Station outside Oslo. The stations serve several satellite systems and are staffed 24 hours a day.
 Through membership in satellite organizations such as INTELSAT, EUTELSAT and INMARSAT, Norwegian Telecom has access to services and expertise that benefit customers, and that give it the opportunity to influence the future development of satellite services.
 GTE Spacenet Corp. is part of the GTE Telecommunications Products and Services Group. GTE is the fourth-largest publicly owned telecommunications company in the world. With approximately $20 billion in revenues in 1991, the corporation is the largest U.S.-based local telephone company and the second largest cellular service provider in the United States.
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