NYNEX Plans Some One Million Lines ISDN Deployment By Year 2000

December 12, 1995

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NYNEX Plans Some One Million Lines ISDN Deployment By Year 2000

NYNEX Nears Two, Multi-Year Agreements for ISDN Hardware and


NEW YORK -- NYNEX announced today the company is near final agreement

with Northern Telecom (Nortel) and completing negotiations with

AT&T Network Systems for ISDN (Integrated Services Digital

Network) hardware and software. Once finalized these multi-year

arrangements would be valued at several hundred million dollars

and include the deployment of some one million lines over the

next five years.

This is a significant step toward making NYNEX's entire network

ISDN capable by 1997 and represents NYNEX's ongoing commitment

to provide its customers with state-of-the-art telecommunications


Under the terms of these agreements, Nortel and AT&T Network

Systems would provide ISDN hardware and software equipment in

NYNEX central offices, as well as in remote switches. As a result,

ISDN provisioning will be faster, simpler and for many NYNEX customers,

even cheaper and more widely available than it is right now.

"The demand for ISDN has been growing exponentially. In

fact, in New York State there has been a 100 percent increase

in demand year over year since 1992," says Roy Ray, director--switched

services, ISDN Product Management. "These arrangements are

just part of a number of initiatives NYNEX has taken recently

to serve our customers better and position us to face imminent


In gearing up for the increased demand this year, NYNEX has:

- Implemented a 1-800-GET-ISDN number, which provides customers

with immediate pricing, availability and application information,

averaging 150 calls a day throughout the region.

- Opened an ISDN center in New York that provides a single point

of contact for ISDN orders and maintenance, similar to the one

that already exists in Boston for the New England states.

- Joined with other regional phone companies and customer premise

equipment providers to develop standardized order codes to simplify

the ordering process for ISDN.

- Dedicated significant resources to training customer service

representatives in ISDN order-taking as well as answering applications

questions. Each NYNEX business office has ISDN specialists, who

can handle even the most complicated ISDN orders.

- Focused on the ISDN residence market by forming a task force

that will concentrate on developing applications geared toward

that segment.

- Announced two initiatives that utilize ISDN for full-color,

face-to-face videoconferencing kiosks with Nobody Beats the Wiz

electronics stores and Aegis Technologies, which focuses on the

banking and financial services industries.

ISDN is a telecommunications technology that allows high-speed,

simultaneous transmission of integrated voice, data, images and

video over a single telephone line. Customers can use ISDN for

teleconferencing, document sharing, telecommuting and faster access

to the Internet. Virtual ISDN means NYNEX reroutes ISDN service

from a central office equipped with ISDN to one that is not.

Virtual ISDN is a more expensive and complex serving arrangement

than local ISDN. When the terms of these agreements are met,

all NYNEX customers will be served on a local basis.

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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