IEEE Awards BBN Technologies Corporate Innovation Recognition

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - BBN Technologies will receive the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers' (IEEE) Corporate Innovation Recognition at an awards ceremony at the Pierre Hotel in New York City on September 27, 1999. The IEEE Corporate Innovation Recognition was established in 1985 and is awarded for outstanding and exemplary contributions by an industrial entity, governmental or academic organization, or other corporate body. BBN Technologies, a unit of GTE Corp., has earned this award "For pioneering contributions to computer networking technology through the development of the first packet switches, the ARPANET Interface Message Processor (IMP), and Terminal Interface Message Processor (TIP)."

In 1969, when BBN Technologies deployed the ARPANET (the precursor to today's Internet) the notion of breaking messages into smaller pieces, or packets, for transmission and reassembling them at their destination point was revolutionary. Notable players in the communications industry were skeptical that this technology would work. BBN proved that packetizing data was not only possible but that it could be applied to high-speed networks transmitting messages across varied routes to dispersed destinations-the concept underlying today's Internet.

"BBN Technologies is honored to be recognized by IEEE as the developer of the first demonstrated packet-switched network and protocols which enabled the Internet." said Tad Elmer, President, BBN Technologies. "Innovation is in our DNA at BBN Technologies-our scientists developed the switches and protocols for the ARPANET, and the e-mail protocols which put the @ sign in email addresses. Today, that pioneering spirit is alive at BBN Technologies in our networking research and emerging technologies such as mobile and wireless networking, optimized routing, speech and language processing, sensor systems, and other advanced technologies."

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About GTE

With 1998 revenues of more than $25 billion, GTE is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies and a leading provider of integrated telecommunications services. In the United States, GTE provides local service in 28 states and wireless service in 17 states; nationwide long-distance and internetworking services ranging from dial-up Internet access for residential and small-business consumers to Web-based applications for Fortune 500 companies, as well as video service in selected markets. Outside the United States, the company serves nearly 9 million telecommunications customers. GTE is also a leader in government and defense communications systems and equipment, directories and telecommunications-based information services, and aircraft-passenger telecommunications. For more information about GTE visit

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