NYNEX Enters Strategic Alliance with IBM to Develop Value-Added Networking Services for Businesses

October 11, 1995

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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

five years.

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,

said MacKenzie.

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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