October 11, 1995
NYNEX CONTACT: Media Relations,
NYNEX Enters Strategic Alliance with IBM to Develop
Value-Added Networking Services for Businesses
-- Announces Impower Vision --
NEW YORK, NY -- NYNEX today announced plans to develop with
IBM an integrated and transparent network computing platform to
provide a full set of value-added services targeted at the business
market. The alliance and services are part of Impower,
NYNEXs strategic vision for business.
As part of the Impower concept, NYNEX also announced plans
to deploy a new information infrastructure called the NYNEX Business
Network Architecture, which will be based on ATM (asynchronous
transfer mode) technology, and carry voice, data, image and video
to the desktop.
In addition, the Impower vision included three other related
An alliance with Newbridge Networks to enhance the
business services that NYNEX offers its customers;
an agreement with Bell Atlantic to introduce the
NYNEX/Bell Atlantic Frame Relay Corridor Service, which will provide
high-speed data links between businesses in New York City and
northern New Jersey; and
an agreement with Pacific Bell to work toward development
of frame relay, ATM cell relay, video conferencing and multimedia
messaging services in their respective service areas. (See
related press releases.)
The powerful combination of NYNEX and IBM will deliver tools
of impowerment to knowledge workers by providing access to applications
on-demand over the network, said Richard Jalkut, president and
group executive, NYNEX Telecommunications. Through this unique
alliance, IBM will help integrate a standards-based computing
capability into our infrastructure, adding further value to NYNEXs
core capabilities in transport and access.
As part of the announcement, NYNEX demonstrated and provided
a blueprint of products and services targeted for customer trials
by the second half of 1996. Included were demonstrations of local
and wide-area network management, secure Internet access, and
various forms of electronic messaging.
As part of the alliance, IBM will deploy an integrated and transparent
network computing platform that may be accessed throughout the
NYNEX network and play a significant role in the delivery and
customer service aspects of the planned services, said Ward MacKenzie,
vice president, NYNEX Business Network Solutions.
The NYNEX Impower concept includes six planned product
Internetwork Management -- addresses LAN administration
and customer service management.
Collaborative Services -- includes groupware, multimedia
conferencing and five types of integrated messaging.
Internet Tool Kit - - enables intelligent, high-speed access
to the World Wide Web.
Applications Solutions -- provides standard and custom
industry specific applications.
Virtual Access -- supports the remote access market.
Business Integration Services -- includes systems integration,
network integration, network management and consulting services.
The announcements were made at press and customer briefings held
at NYNEX facilities in New York and Boston and on the show floor
of the Telecom 95 trade show in Geneva, Switzerland, that were
carried live using the NYNEX network.
The availability of these value-added services is enhanced by
the ubiquitous deployment of the NYNEX Business Network Architecture,
said MacKenzie. The Business Network Architecture is a powerful
information infrastructure that combines the capacity and speed
of an advanced, interactive communications platform with the addition
of computer-based intelligence throughout the network.
NYNEX must aggressively enter new markets through information
technology alliances that provide abilities in computing hardware
and software that our customers are asking for. These relationships
enable us to speed new services to market, respond to differing
market conditions, lower costs and easily add divergent capabilities
to our own set of core competencies, he said.
MacKenzie said that NYNEX intends to provide the underlying core
network components of the Business Network Architecture, including
extensive deployment of ATM switching technology over the next
ATM is the emerging standard in cell relay technology that integrates
local and wide-area networks and enables voice, image, video and
data over a single network facility. It is fully compatible with
currently deployed twisted pair, coaxial and fiber optic facilities,
IBM is committed to supporting multi-vendor, multi-protocol environments,
said Sam Palmisano, president and chief executive officer of Integrated
Systems Solutions Corporation, IBMs services subsidiary. Our
goal is to provide an open, standards-based application computing
platform with best-of-class partners to assure that customers
are not concerned about which technologies are being used, but
focus only on the value-added service itself.
The IBM/NYNEX alliance creates a powerful union of core competencies
that are strategically important to both companies, said Steve
Mucchetti, general manager, Telecommunications and Media Industry
Solution Unit, IBM. What makes this opportunity noteworthy is
the capabilities that will be derived from the integration of
NYNEXs access and transport with IBMs unique computing applications.
More important, it provides the business customer with the ever-increasing
value-added services they need to compete in the emerging global
digital networked economy.
The Impower demonstration network was developed in conjunction
with 28 key NYNEX technology partners. Some of the partners in
attendance at todays announcement included Sun Microsystems, Newbridge
Networks, DSC Communications, and Oracle Software.
NYNEX is a global communications and media company 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 Republic.
The Corporation is a leader in the telecommunications, wireless communications,
cable television, directory publishing
and entertainment and information services.
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