New Multi-Year Agreement Builds on Existing Relationship; Includes National Broadband Backbone Services, Continued Build-Out of AOL Network, and Expansion Into Japan
BURLINGTON, Mass. and DULLES, Va.--GTE Internetworking and America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company (NYSE: AOL), today announced that they have extended their strategic relationship, through an agreement between AOL and BBN Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GTE Internetworking, to build upon GTE Internetworking's existing role in providing dial-up and broadband backbone Internet services to AOL. In addition, the companies announced that GTE Internetworking will be responsible for the operation and continued build-out of a portion of AOL's dial-up network in Japan.
GTE Internetworking has been a provider of AOLnet, the world's largest dial-up network, since 1995. The new agreement calls for GTE Internetworking to continue to build out and manage a significant portion of AOLnet.
Additionally, as AOL works with its partners to make broadband services available nationally, the company will use GTE Internetworking as a primary provider of nationwide broadband backbone services to provide end-to-end network management of traffic from AOL members accessing AOL via DSL, cable, and other broadband technologies.
GTE Internetworking and AOL Japan, Inc. also announced a multi-year agreement for GTE Internetworking to build out, manage and operate a significant portion of AOL Japan's existing dial-up network.
"This new and expanded contract with AOL is testament to both GTE Internetworking's unique ability to build and operate world-class networks and AOL's continued commitment to providing the highest-quality Internet services," said Paul R. Gudonis, president of GTE Internetworking. "Through the new broadband backbone services agreement, we plan to be at the forefront of delivering high-speed Internet access to customers. We look forward to our continued relationship with AOL."
"We are delighted to expand on our long-standing relationship with GTE Internetworking," said Geraldine MacDonald, Vice President, AOLnet Operations. "We have always been committed to providing our members with the best possible online experience, and our new agreement with GTE Internetworking will enable us to continue to meet that goal, both in the US and now in Japan."
About GTE Corp. and GTE Internetworking
GTE Internetworking, a unit of GTE Corporation (NYSE:GTE), offers business enterprise and service provider a full spectrum of integrated Internet services using IP networking technologies. GTE Internetworking delivers complete E-business infrastructure solutions including network solutions, dial-up and dedicated Internet access, high-performance Web hosting, virtual private networks (VPNs), managed Internet security, network management, and systems integration for integrating the Internet into business operations. GTE is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies and a leading provider of integrated voice, video and data services. Additional information about GTE Internetworking can be found on the Internet at http://www.bbn.com, and about GTE Corp. at http://www.gte.com.
About America Online, Inc.
Founded in 1985, America Online, Inc., based in Dulles, Virginia, is the world's leader in interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies, and e-commerce services. America Online, Inc. operates: two worldwide Internet services, America Online, with more than 21 million members, and CompuServe, with more than 2.5 million members; several leading Internet brands including ICQ, AOL Instant Messenger and Digital City, Inc.; the Netscape Netcenter and AOL.COM portals; the Netscape Navigator and Communicator browsers; AOL MovieFone, the nation's #1 movie listing guide and ticketing service; and Spinner.com and NullSoft's Winamp, leaders in Internet music. Through its strategic alliance with Sun Microsystems, the company develops and offers easy-to-deploy, end-to-end e-commerce and enterprise solutions for companies operating in the Net Economy.