July 7, 1997
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Bell Atlantic has executed an agreement with MCI Telecommunications that will enable businesses to interconnect the two companies' frame relay networks to provide exchange access frame relay service (XA-FRS), Bell Atlantic announced today. MCI is the largest long distance carrier to date that Bell Atlantic has forged such an agreement with.
The combination of Bell Atlantic's and MCI's frame relay networks will let business and governmental customers link their local area networks hundreds of miles apart across LATA (Local Access Transport Area) and state boundaries through a customer-dedicated network-to-network interface (NNI). Under the agreement, a Bell Atlantic customer can arrange for dedicated frame relay service between any of the company's 19 LATAs.
"Our customers have wanted an arrangement like this for some time. I'm delighted that Bell Atlantic and MCI can meet their needs," said Evelyn Gaines, Bell Atlantic Carrier Services frame relay product manager.
Exchange access frame relay service is a medium-speed, connection-oriented, packet switch data service. It allows for the exchange of variable length frames, or packets, of data. Frames are relayed by virtual connections and travel a fixed path through the network to each virtual connection.
The NNI specifies how an XA-FRS switch sends and receives data over an interexchange carrier's frame relay network. The NNI is offered at access speeds of 56 kilobits per second (Kbps) and 1.536 megabits per second (Mbps).
Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new communications, entertainment and information industry. In the mid-Atlantic region, the company's telephone company subsidiaries are the premier providers of local telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing high-growth national and international business opportunities in all phases of the industry.