Dec. 2, 1996
CONTACT: Cliff Lee on 518-396-1090
NYNEX Completes Region's Digital Network
From Claverack to the Canadian
border, New York's northeast region is going
On Saturday, Dec. 7, NYNEX will activate a $6.5
million state-of-the-art digital switching system for its
customers in Schenectady, Scotia and parts of Glenville.
This new switch in the Clinton Street central office is the
final link in NYNEX's digital network serving the 518 area
code. The region stretches south to portions of Dutchess
County and north to Clinton County and the Canadian border.
A total of 96 NYNEX switching centers provide service to
customers in the region.
The local exchanges included in the Clinton Street
switch modernization project are: 346, 347, 370, 372, 374,
377, 381, 382, 386, 387, 393 and 395.
When combined with the region's more than 100,000
miles of optical fiber -- the pipeline for rapid,
high-volume transmission of voice, data and video messages
-- and a vast array of new business and residential
services, NYNEX's digital switching provides more than half
a million northeastern New York customers with one of the
most advanced telecommunications networks in the world.
"Completion of the Schenectady project is a major
milestone for NYNEX," said Lee Brathwaite, vice president
and general manager of operations for NYNEX's northeast and
midstate regions. "The northeast becomes the largest region
in the state to have a fully digital switching system and
the effort reflects NYNEX's commitment to its customers in
the Capital District and the entire 518 area.
"But, this doesn't mean our work is done," he added.
"Over the next several years, NYNEX and its employees will
continue to build on our $1.6 billion investment in this
region, including an additional expenditure of more than
$103 million in 1997."
The Schenectady digital switching center includes
about 61,000 business and residential customer lines serving
Schenectady, Scotia and parts of Glenville. Included in the
new features and services to become available in these
communities are ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network),
PhoneSmart and Digital Centrex. ISDN allows customers to
transmit and receive video, voice and data simultaneously
over a single telephone line at rates significantly faster
than conventional computer modems.
In addition, digital switching is the backbone for
other NYNEX services, such as telemedicine and distance
(Customers with Call Forwarding or Speed Calling may
have to reprogram the telephone number to which their line
is forwarded and/or re-enter their list of Speed Calling
numbers, after the new switch is activated. Also, business
customers with their own internal switching systems or PBXs
should consult their telecommunications provider about how
these switches will be affected by the upgraded NYNEX
Some new PhoneSmart features include:
- Caller ID - Displays the
telephone number of the person calling you after the
first ring. Customers must order the service from NYNEX
and purchase devices separately to display numbers of
(In conjunction with the Caller ID
and Call Return services, Schenectady customers may obtain a
blocking option at no charge. These options allow customers
to block their numbers from appearing on Caller ID devices
and prevent people they call from using to the Call Return
feature to dial the blocked number.)
- Repeat Dialing - Automatically
redials a busy number for up to 30 minutes.
- Call Return - Redials the number
of the last caller.
- Call Trace - Sends the telephone
number of the last caller to the NYNEX Annoyance Call
- Call Answering Service - Allows
residential and small business customers to set up one or
more voice mailboxes to automatically answer calls when
the customer is away from or already on the
- Ringmate Service - Allows two or
three telephone numbers to be associated with one
telephone line. Each number has a distinctive ring. The
service is convenient for families with teenage children
or people with home businesses.
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that provides a full range of services in the northeastern
United States and high-growth markets around the world,
including the United Kingdom, Thailand, Gibraltar, Greece,
Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech
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telecommunications, wireless communications, cable
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