GTE Teams with HP to Provide IP Fax Capabilities

Companies to collaborate on development and delivery of next-generation fax service


- Signaling the continued development of the enhanced Internet Protocol (IP) services market, GTE Internetworking, a division of GTE Corp. and Hewlett Packard Company (HP) are teaming-up to develop and deliver enhanced IP fax capabilities on future HP LaserJet products.

The relationship between the two leading-edge technology companies includes technical development, joint engineering, and systems integration. The relationship will leverage HP's market reach and product excellence and GTE's broadband network capabilities and expertise in delivering IP-based communications solutions to provide customers with greater efficiency and productivity in sending faxes.

Bill McGlynn, General Manager of HP's Personal LaserJet division stated, "HP is already strong in capitalizing on the tremendous growth brought about by the Internet, via standards, products and target applications. Our relationship with GTE in the area of next-generation fax capabilities is another example of how HP is changing the paradigm from 'working the Web' to putting the Internet to work for our customers."

"We are delighted to partner with HP to jointly bring enhanced IP Fax technologies to its expansive customer base," said Paul O'Brien, vice president of GTE Internetworking and general manager of IP telecom. "This alliance represents the first step in bringing the enhanced potential of IP capabilities to the end-user. HP's history of delivering innovative, high-quality solutions to its customers has made it a recognized leader in the market and the perfect partner to deliver this emerging technology."

About GTE's Enhanced IP Services

GTE's Enhanced IP, a part of GTE Internetworking, provides a suite of innovative IP-based communications services designed to enhance business productivity. These enhanced IP Services include IP Fax, Unified Messaging and Internet Call Manager. These offerings leverage the managed bandwidth of GTE's high-speed, private fiber network, the Global Network Infrastructure (GNI), to deliver leading-edge communications solutions.

About GTE Internetworking

GTE Internetworking, a unit of GTE Corporation (NYSE:GTE), offers customers, from consumers to Fortune 500 companies, a full spectrum of integrated Internet services using IP networking technologies. GTE Internetworking delivers complete network solutions, including dial-up and dedicated Internet access, high-performance Web hosting, virtual private networks, managed Internet security, network management, systems integration, and Web-based application development for integrating the Internet into business operations. GTE Internetworking draws upon its expertise in funded research and development of advanced technologies, including satellite networks, packet radio networks, multi-gigabit routers, network and information security, and speech recognition, and GTE's strong existing telecommunications services, including local and long distance, wireless, paging, video, and Internet. With 1997 revenues of more than $23 billion, GTE is one the world's largest telecommunications companies and a leading provider of integrated voice, video and data services. Additional information about GTE Internetworking and GTE Corp. can be found on the Internet at http://www.gte.com.