NYNEX and Bell Atlantic Introduce Premier Data Service Between New York City and New Jersey

October 11, 1995

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NYNEX and Bell Atlantic Introduce Premier Data Service Between New York
City and New Jersey

NEW YORK, NY -- NYNEX and Bell Atlantic today (10/11) announced

plans for a joint service arrangement to provide customers with

high-speed data links between New York City and New Jersey beginning

in early 1996.

The NYNEX/Bell Atlantic Frame Relay Corridor Service will make

it possible for businesses in New York City and five counties

in northern New Jersey -- Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union

-- to exchange information at high speeds.

The technology that will enable the new offering is Frame Relay

Service, a fast-packet data network service that provides secure,

high-capacity connections across a wide area network.

The flexibility and high-speed capability of the new offering

will support information-intensive applications like technical

and graphical imaging, remote database

access, and Ethernet and Token Ring LAN interconnection. The

scope of applications includes branch banking, telecommuting,

transaction processing, virtual library and university access,

point-of-sale information transfer and Internet access.

According to Jim Moore, vice president-Product Management, NYNEX

Business Network Solutions, the arrangement will make a significant

step toward launching many high-speed data services across the

two states boundaries. Both companies are excited about the prospect

of extending the reach of their premier data services, which previously

were limited to our respective service territories. With this

arrangement, customers will begin to see the potential of linking

multiple sites across New York and New Jersey, as if they were

part of a single high-speed wide area network.

Artificial barriers make no sense in a world of instant global

communications, said Joe Cascio, Bell Atlantic vice president-Marketing,

Large Business Services. This arrangement is just one example

of the advanced technology Bell Atlantic and NYNEX are committed

to introduce to eliminate those barriers for our customers.

The two companies have been working for several months to resolve

many of the technical and operational requirements to make Frame

Relay Corridor Service commercially available. Negotiations between

Bell Atlantic and NYNEX on operations agreements and the specific

Frame Relay services and features of the initial product offering

have been completed. Facilities between the two carriers networks

have been constructed and technical interoperability testing has

been completed. Tariffs will be filed by Bell Atlantic and NYNEX

with the Federal Communications Commission for service in New

Jersey and New York City, in the near future, with planned commercial

availability in early 1996.

The announcement was made today as part of the announcement of

NYNEXs Impower vision, a blueprint for how the NYNEX network

will serve the needs of the business market.

Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:BEL) is at the forefront of the

new communications, entertainment and information industry. In

the mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider 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.

NYNEX is a global communications and media company that provides
a full range of services in the northeastern United States and
high-growth markets around the world, including the United Kingdom,
Thailand, Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland,
Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

The Corporation is a leader in the telecommunications, wireless communications,
cable television, directory publishing
and entertainment and information services.

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