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SOUTHWESTERN BELL TO BEGIN 'ATM' BROADBAND FIELD TRIAL; EXPLORES CUSTOMER APPLICATIONS WITH FUJITSU'S FETEX-150

 SOUTHWESTERN BELL TO BEGIN 'ATM' BROADBAND FIELD TRIAL;
 EXPLORES CUSTOMER APPLICATIONS WITH FUJITSU'S FETEX-150
 ST. LOUIS, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwestern Bell (NYSE: SBC) today announced plans for a technical test in St. Louis to explore new customer uses for advanced broadband telephone switching technology.
 The trial, part of Southwestern Bell's "Project Lindbergh," will use Fujitsu Network Switching of America's All-Bandwidth FETEX-150 switching system. Project Lindbergh, Southwestern Bell Telephone's and Southwestern Bell Technology Resources' project to study advanced switching and transmission and architecture technologies, is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 1992.
 Fujitsu's FETEX-150 uses the Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) switching fabric to provide switched broadband and high-bandwidth public network services for the field trial.
 The ATM switch is capable of providing a full range of switched services at speeds that range from 64 kilobits per second to 622 megabits per second.
 "Project Lindbergh was developed to echo the technological achievements of Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis flight, and reflects our effort to demonstrate telecommunications services and applications for our customers that have not been shown before," said Richard Stephenson, Southwestern Bell Technology Resources' director for customer applications analysis.
 "Project Lindbergh was designed to define the high-bandwidth and broadband services that large customers will want in the future, to develop new business applications, and to work with new transport technologies," added Fred Huser, district manager for technical sales support in Southwestern Bell Telephone's Missouri Division.
 Ken Novaldt, vice president of sales and marketing for Fujitsu Network Switching of America, said "We're pleased Southwestern Bell has chosen the FETEX-150 switching system as an element in its plans to test new advanced communications services. This trial gives Southwestern Bell and Fujitsu a great opportunity to work together to evaluate broadband technology in the telephone network."
 A FETEX-150 host/remote configuration will be distributed throughout various locations in St. Louis. The configuration will support a variety of high-speed communications services such as frame relay, Switched Multimegabit Data Service (SMDS), switched DS1 and Broadband Integrated Services Digital Network (B-ISDN).
 Broadband technology can help residential and business telephone customers alike. For example, customers could benefit through remote access to educational and other information. Over a broadband network, screens of information with more detail could be transmitted quickly to a customer's terminal from an information provider's database.
 Public network broadband customer applications will play a key role in Project Lindbergh. Initial applications to be addressed include LAN interconnection, Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), medical imaging, remote display of graphics and animation for scientific modeling, remote process control for manufacturing, remote computer access for computer center consolidation, video telephony and video teleconferencing.
 Project Lindbergh will include the participation of several of Southwestern Bell's high-technology customers in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Announcement of these companies is forthcoming.
 With this announcement, Fujitsu Network Switching has added Southwestern Bell to its list of other Bell operating companies -- US WEST, NYNEX and BellSouth -- to which it is providing its all- Bandwidth FETEX-150 for application trials.
 Fujitsu Network Switching of America, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, a $21 billion global leader in integrated telecommunications systems, computers and semiconductors. In the United States, Fujitsu has more than 6,000 employees at more than 150 facilities, with seven manufacturing plants and nine research and development centers, including a research and development center and manufacturing facility near Dallas.
 Southwestern Bell is an international communications corporation with more than 1 million shareowners. Its major subsidiaries include Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, Southwestern Bell Yellow Pages, Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, Metromedia Paging, Southwestern Bell Telecom, Mast Advertising & Publishing and Southwestern Bell Technology Resources, Inc.
 Southwestern Bell Telephone provides telecommunications services to more than 9.5 million customers in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
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 /CONTACT: Scott Anderson of Fujitsu Network Switching, 919-790-2211, or Scott Hilgeman of Southwestern Bell, 314-247-4613/
 (SBC) CO: Southwestern Bell; Fujitsu Network Switching of America ST: Missouri IN: TLS SU:


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