11.30.1999|Corporate

Bell Atlantic Deploys Fiber Optics, Electronics, Bringing Additional Advanced Technology to Lancaster County

Bell Atlantic Deploys Fiber Optics, Electronics, Bringing Additional Advanced Technology to Lancaster County

Company Invests $850,000 to Expand, Upgrade Local Telephone Network

November 30, 1999

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

LANDISVILLE, Pa. -- Bell Atlantic has upgraded a remote call- switching facility in the community of Landisville as part of an $850,000 project to modernize the local telephone network and provide advanced telecommunications services to its customers.

The newly installed optical switching module routes calls to their destinations and will help eliminate delays for customers who use home computers to connect to the Internet. The new equipment will also provide increased capacity in Bell Atlantic's telecommunications network to serve the work-at-home market. Construction was completed Nov. 14.

"This project is the latest evidence that Bell Atlantic 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 advanced services."

  • 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 by 66 percent from 474,450 in 1995 to 786,106 at the end of 1998.

  • Percentage of digital call-routing switches will be 100 percent by the end of the year 2000, having grown from 90.3 percent in 1995 to 96 percent at the end of 1998.

  • Bell Atlantic Infospeedsm

DSL was launched in Pennsylvania in October, 1998. Infospeed DSL is a secure, high-speed, always-on Internet access services that enables consumers to connect to cyberspace at speeds up to 100 times faster than today's fastest analog modems.

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

In addition to deploying the latest technology, Bell Atlantic has 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 at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With more than 43 million telephone access lines and more than 10 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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