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June 12, 1996
NYNEX CONTACT: Cliff Lee,
NYNEX Expands Digital Network in Binghamton
BINGHAMTON, NY -- The City of Binghamton is going digital.
On June 15, NYNEX will activate a $6.3 million state-of-the-art digital
switching system for its Binghamton customers in the 720, 722, 723, 724,
771, 772, 773 and 774 exchanges.
When combined with the regions more than 90,000 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 will provide Binghamton residents and
businesses with one of the most advanced telecommunications networks in
The Binghamton project is another example of NYNEXs commitment to its
customers in Binghamton and the Southern Tier, said Susan Kennedy, NYNEX
vice president and general manager for Central New York operations. The
digital network serving Binghamton, as well as Johnson City, Endicott and
Vestal, 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 region.
The Henry Street digital switching center will provide about 35,000
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 computer modems.
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 can order the service from NYNEX, but must
purchase devices separately to display numbers of incoming calls.
Repeat Dialing - Automatically redials a busy number for up to 30
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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