Bell Atlantic, ACSI Agree to Link Networks for Frame Relay Data Services

Bell Atlantic, ACSI Agree to Link Networks for Frame
Relay Data Services

Businesses in Baltimore get first offering

November 12, 1996

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Paul Miller 804-772-1460


ARLINGTON, Va.- Businesses soon will have a new option
for linking
their local area networks over wide geographic areas as a result of an
agreement between Bell Atlantic and Maryland-based American
Communications Services, Inc. (ACSI), the companies said today.

The agreement with ACSI allows Bell Atlantic to provide frame-relay
data services to its business customers who have a need to communicate
across any individual regional calling area (Local Access Transport
Area or LATA) and state boundaries. Bell Atlantic is prohibited from
carrying calls beyond any individual regional calling area,
regardless of whether the call is voice or data. Under the agreement,
calls between regional calling areas would be handled by ACSI.

The frame relay service will be available next month in Baltimore, and
will be introduced in 1997 throughout much of Bell Atlantic's region.

"This agreement will help us better serve our customers. That's the
bottom line," said Pat
, president of Bell Atlantic Carrier Services. "Bell
Atlantic now has the ability to develop for our
customers new, broader-based solutions to their data transmission
needs." A company in Baltimore that wants to integrate its local
network with its branch in New York, for example, can now do so by
one-stop shopping at Bell Atlantic or ACSI.

Hanley added that the agreement, along with many other Bell Atlantic
interconnection agreements, with competitive local exchange carriers
continues to demonstrate our commitment to providing a variety of
competitive offerings to the local market that meet the intent of the
Telecommunications Act.

Bob Ryan, president of ACSI's Advanced Data Services, said this
agreement will allow his company to expand its services "more
to customers who require multi-LATA, multi-state and multi-LEC
networks. He added that "ACSI can meet the explosive demand for
frame relay at competitive rates."

access frame relay service
is a medium-speed packet switched
data service. It allows for the exchange of variable length frames,
or packets of data. Frames are relayed by virtual connections. They
travel a fixed path through the network to each virtual connection.
A network-to-network (NNI) interface specifies how a switch sends and
receives data over an interexchange carrier's frame-relay network.
The NNI is offered at access speeds from 56 kilobits per second
(kbps) to 1.536 megabits (mbps).

The Bell Atlantic Carrier
line of business provides switched,
special and wireless access to Bell Atlantic's telecommunications
network. Carrier Services also is developing new wireless services,
such as personal communications services, new access services, such as
Facilities Management Service, and increased network survivability
through Bell Atlantic®IntelliLight®services.

Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:
BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local
telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the
largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication
marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in
Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing
high-growth national and international business opportunities in all
phases of the industry.