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May 30, 1996
NYNEX CONTACT: Media Relations,
NYNEX Completes Digital Network in Buffalo
BUFFALO, NY -- The City of Buffalo is going digital.
On June 2, NYNEX will activate a $4.5 million state-of-the-art digital
switching system for its Buffalo customers in the 831, 832, 833, 834 and 835
exchanges. This new switch in the Main Street central office completes NYNEXs
$50 million digital network in Buffalo.
When combined with the regions 75,000 miles of optical fiber -- the pipeline
for rapid, high-volume transmission of voice, data and video messages -- and a
vast array of new business and residential services, the NYNEX digital
switching system provides Buffalo residents with one of the most advanced
telecommunications networks in the world.
The Main Street project is another example of NYNEXs commitment to its
customers in Buffalo and Western New York, said Joseph DeMauro, NYNEX vice
president and general manager for Western New York operations. The all-digital
network now serving the city of Buffalo also reflects a commitment from the
NYNEX employees in this region. NYNEX and its employees will continue to
upgrade services and enhance our more than $1.2 billion investment in the
The digital switching center will provide nearly 40,000 business and
residential customer lines with new features and services, including ISDN
(Integrated Services Digital Network), PhoneSmart and Digital Centrex. ISDN
allows customers to transmit and receive video, voice and data simultaneously
over a single telephone line at rates significantly faster than conventional
In addition, digital switching is the backbone for other NYNEX services, such
as telemedicine and distance learning.
Some new PhoneSmart features include:
Caller ID - Displays the telephone number of the person calling you after
the first ring. Customers must order the service from NYNEX and purchase
devices separately to display numbers of incoming calls.
Repeat Dialing - Automatically redials a busy number for up to 30 minutes.
Call Return - Redials the number of the last caller.
Call Trace - Sends the telephone number of the last caller to the NYNEX
Annoyance Call Bureau.
Call Answering Service - Allows residential and small business customers to
set up one or more voice mailboxes to automatically answer calls when the
customer is away from or already on the phone.
Ringmate Service - Allows two or three telephone numbers to be associated
with one telephone line. Each number has a distinctive ring. The service is
convenient for families with teenage children or people with home businesses.
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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