03.22.1999|Corporate

Bell Atlantic Deploys Fiber Optics, Bringing Advanced Technology, Services to King of Prussia, Trooper

Bell Atlantic Deploys Fiber Optics, Bringing Advanced Technology, Services to King of Prussia, Trooper

Company Investing $1.5 Million to Expand and Upgrade Local Telephone Network

March 22, 1999

Media contact: Ells Edwards, 302-576-5340
Sharon Shaffer, 215-963-6200

PHILADELPHIA -- Bell Atlantic technicians will install almost four miles of fiber-optic cable and other new equipment in the King of Prussia and Trooper areas, as part of a $1.5 million project to upgrade the local telephone network and provide advanced telecommunications services.

To prepare for the new fiber-optic systems, Bell Atlantic is installing additional underground conduits on Allendale Road from the Bell Atlantic call-switching center to the Route 202 intersection. Also, new conduit is being placed on First Avenue from the Bell Atlantic call-switching center to the Gulph Road intersection.

When placement of the conduit is completed later this month, the new fiber-optic cable will be installed. Fiber-optic systems use hair-thin glass fibers and digital technology to deliver high quality telephone service along with high-capacity/high-speed voice and data transmission services.

"This project is the latest evidence that Bell Atlantic - Pennsylvania is meeting our commitment to deliver a state-of-the-art telecommunications network throughout Pennsylvania," said Daniel J. Whelan, president of Bell Atlantic - Pennsylvania. "We are accelerating our construction schedules to provide rural and urban customers with high-speed access to the Internet, work-at-home capabilities, as well as a host of other innovative services advanced services."

Whelan said Bell Atlantic has made major strides in deploying advanced technology in its network:

  • Annual spending on the Pennsylvania network nearly doubled from $539 million in 1995 to more than $961 million in 1998.

  • Miles of fiber-optic cable in the Commonwealth increased 66 percent from 474,450 in 1995 to 786,106 at the end of 1998.

  • Percentage of digital call-routing switches has grown from 90.3 in 1995 to 96 percent at the end of 1998.

  • Bell Atlantic Infospeed DSL was launched in Pennsylvania last fall Infospeed DSL is a high-speed, always-on Internet access service that enables consumers to connect to cyberspace at speeds up to 100 times faster than today's fastest analog modems.

    In addition, Bell Atlantic spent tens of millions of dollars to open Pennsylvania's local telephone market to competition.

"We have irreversibly opened our markets to competition," Whelan said. "We can't force the long distance giants or anyone else to compete here, but anyone who genuinely wants to enter our markets can do so.

"Bell Atlantic is keeping its promise to Pennsylvania, Whelan said. "We are building and enhancing a public telecommunications network in Pennsylvania that is the finest in the world and a vital part of the Commonwealth's economic infrastructure."

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With more than 42 million telephone access lines and 8.6 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.

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