Bell Atlantic, ICI Test High-Speed Data Interface

Bell Atlantic, ICI Test High-Speed Data Interface

First Trial of Its Kind for Bell Atlantic

October 16, 1997

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Paul Miller


ARLINGTON, Va. - Bell Atlantic and interexchange carrier Intermedia

Communications Inc. (ICI) will conduct a month-long trial of a

high-speed form of frame-relay access service.

It is the first such high-speed trial for Bell Atlantic with an

interexchange carrier. The company currently has network-to-network

frame-relay agreements with other interexchange carriers, but the

service is at medium speeds [56 kilobits per second (Kbps) and 1.536

megabits per second (Mbps)]. The high-speed frame-relay access service

that Bell Atlantic plans to offer is a public packet service,

providing speeds of 4, 6, 22 and 45 Mbps.

"Many of our customers want a high-speed solution like this. I'm

delighted we can undertake this trial with ICI to meet their needs,"

said Evelyn Gaines, Bell Atlantic Carrier Services manager for

advanced services

Bell Atlantic's interconnection with ICI will link local area networks

hundreds of miles apart across LATA (local access and transport area)

boundaries through a high-speed, frame-relay network-to-network


"A new era of data networking has begun with the advent of our

high-speed interconnection tests with Bell Atlantic. To date,

customers have been constrained to permanent virtual circuit speeds of

T1 and below when traversing multiple center networks," said Bob

Rouse, executive vice president of engineering systems and operations

for Intermedia.

"Our customers want to take advantage of frame relay's high speed

capabilities in order to utilize their networks at full potential," he

added. "Once that evolutionary step is achieved, customers will

finally be able to realize their multimedia dreams."

The new Bell Atlantic - formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and

NYNEX - is at the forefront of the new communications, information and

entertainment industry. With 40 million telephone access lines and

5.5 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 21 countries.