Bell Atlantic Honors Carilion, Virginia Tech

Bell Atlantic Honors Carilion, Virginia Tech

Winners of Company's 1998 Excellence in Networking Award

June 4, 1998

Media contact: Paul Miller, 804-772-1460 or 800-491-0190 (Va. only)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Two of the most sophisticated telecommunications networks in Virginia lie between the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny mountains, far removed from the state's high-growth "golden crescent." Both networks were praised today by Bell Atlantic - Virginia, which bestowed its Excellence in Networking Award to Carilion Health System of Roanoke and Virginia Tech. The award, now in its second year, honors Virginia businesses and governmental institutions that have effectively deployed information technology to improve productivity. Last year's winners were Capital One Corp. and the Virginia Department of Health.

"We hear a lot of rhetoric about the wonders of today's new technologies," said Hugh R. Stallard, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic - Virginia. "But Carilion and Virginia Tech have gone beyond the rhetoric. They embraced these technologies and put them to good use. Their vision has improved productivity in their particular institutions, while enhancing the quality of education and health services in our state."


Carilion is using Bell Atlantic's new ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) network to transmit voice, data and video communications at high speeds simultaneously over the same fiber-optic link. The system reduces Carilion's costs and increases its operating flexibility.

For example, Carilion's network allows hospitals and physicians to electronically send sophisticated images, such as x-rays, from a hospital to a clinic. In addition, doctors are able to examine and treat patients from remote locations, using a variety of telemedicine applications.

Based in Roanoke, Carilion has 12 hospitals and is affiliated with more than 20 health-related organizations, serving more than a million people in southwest Virginia. The company is the largest hospital system in Virginia and the 77th largest in the country.

Virginia Tech

Not only is Virginia Tech one of the most "wired" universities in the nation, but it is a leader in wiring Virginia for the 21st century. It was instrumental in deploying Net.Work.Virginia, the state's first ATM-based broadband network.

The school has worked closely with Bell Atlantic to conduct ATM awareness sessions throughout the state and has been instrumental in connecting other educational institutions to the network. With Virginia Tech's help, Net.Work.Virginia now reaches 70 Virginia colleges and universities and.

Virginia Tech also has developed the state's first ATM Interoperability Lab, which focuses on distance learning applications. In addition, the university is taking a leadership role in working with other universities in the Mid-Atlantic region to develop a faster, less congested Internet.

Virginia Tech, whose main campus is in Blacksburg, is Virginia's largest university with over 25,000 students.

In selecting winners for its award, Bell Atlantic looks at several key factors:

  • Does the company or organization see the telecommunis cation network as an essential part of its business strategy?
  • Has the company or organization defined the network architecture and identified an effective local area network and wide area network?
  • Has the company or organization effectively integrated and deployed a high-speed network?

Stallard said picking winners for the award is difficult. "So many businesses and governmental agencies today are seizing the opportunity to put the latest telecommunications technology to good use. The judging gets harder from year to year," he said.

Bell Atlantic -- formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX -- is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With more than 41 million telephone access lines and 6.7 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 22 countries.

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