GTE selects Cascade ATM switch as backbone for Virginia distance learning program. High-speed network offers students statewideaccess to advanced digital communication services.
IRVING, Texas -- February 25, 1997 -- GTE today announced that it has
selected Cascade Communications Corp.'s (NASDAQ:CSCC) CBX 500 Asynchronous
Transfer Mode (ATM) Multiservice Switch for use in NET.WORK.VIRGINIA, a
high-speed communication network that links community colleges and
four-year universities throughout Virginia.
"We are committed to expanding educational opportunities of students
by bringing information closer to their fingertips that otherwise would be
difficult to obtain," said Barry Nalls, assistant vice president-business
product management for GTE Telephone Operations. "The Cascade ATM switches
will help us keep this promise."
In operation since early 1996, NET.WORK.VIRGINIA is an ongoing
project. The initial deployment of Cascade switches includes five CBX 500s
that are connecting the schools via a statewide distance learning program.
The NET.WORK.VIRGINIA project enables students to access resources from
schools across the state, and to participate in remote classroom
discussions during video conferencing sessions.
GTE's installed base of Cascade's B-STDX 9000 Frame Relay
Multiservice switches was a large factor in the company's selection of the
CBX 500 switch. GTE will be integrating the new CBX 500 switches into the
installed base of B-STDX 9000 switches which are now largely used to
support Frame Relay services.
"Although the focus of the NET.WORK.VIRGINIA project involves native
ATM applications, it is important for us to make investments that leverage
our installed base in Cascade Frame Relay switches," said Nalls.
Other factors instrumental in GTE's selection of the Cascade CBX 500
were its integrated management and interworking options; best-of-class
port density; cost per port and Quality of Service. These features enable
the CBX 500 switch to meet the numerous requirements of the
NET.WORK.VIRGINIA project. For example, the switch provides a large
amount of dedicated bandwidth for the smooth transport of real-time video
for distance learning. It also reliably supports different types of
traffic on a single platform and provides the Quality of Service to
guarantee an end-to-end connection for each of the types of traffic.
"Guaranteed quality of service is critical in a multiservice network
such as NET.WORK.VIRGINIA," said Chris Baldwin, ATM Business Manager for
Cascade Communications Corp. "Because it is based on Cascade's Quad Plane
Architecture and Virtual Network Navigator, the CBX 500 delivers these
Cascade's single platform SNMP-based CascadeView/UX management system
will make the integration of the new ATM switches into the legacy network
virtually seamless. Cascade was the first, and remains the only, WAN
equipment provider to support Frame Relay to ATM interworking with its
multiservice software-based switch offering.
Separately, GTE has also recently installed a Cascade 500 ATM switch
in Dothan, Ala., that will enable colleges and universities in five
southeastern states to electronically transfer information between
campuses similar to the NET.WORK.VIRGINIA effort. GTE also plans to
deploy additional Cascade 500 ATM multiservice switches later this year in
some of its key California, Florida and Hawaii markets.
With revenues of more than $21 billion in 1996, GTE is one of the largest
publicly held telecommunications companies in the world. GTE is also the
largest U.S.- based local telephone company and a leading cellular-service
provider -- with wireline and wireless operations that form a market area
covering about one third of the country's population. Additional
information about GTE can be found on the Internet at GTE
About Cascade Communications Corp.
Cascade Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: CSCC) is at the forefront of
broadband data communications with its family of scaleable, carrier-class
Frame Relay, ATM, and Remote Access switching products. Used by public
carriers and Internet service providers worldwide, Cascade's products are
forming the foundation of the public network infrastructure for global
communications. Cascade is headquartered in Westford, Massachusetts, USA,
with offices throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia/Pacific.