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GTE and Cisco Roll Out IP Services

GTE and Cisco Systems Inc. Tuesday announced they will work together to deploy enhanced Internet Protocol (IP) services over GTE's Global Network Infrastructure (GNI) for enterprise and residential customers.

The high-speed, high capacity GTE IP network provides a variety of services including IP fax, Internet call waiting, unified messaging and voice-over IP technologies. GNI's network architecture was co-developed by the companies based on Cisco technology. The companies also plan to co-market these services.

In 1997, GTE chose Cisco as its partner in building its IP network. The companies developed the national network using Cisco's networking equipment.

"Cisco's technology, creativity and commitment to delivering complex IP network solutions have been critical to our success in building this new network and in quickly bringing these services to market," said Paul O'Brien, vice president of GTE Internetworking and general manager of IP telecom.

"Cisco has been a partner in every sense of the word and has demonstrated the ability to deliver carrier-class technology."

"GTE's enhanced IP network is a nationwide leader and we congratulate GTE on the rollout of a suite of new services that will provide more functionality to businesses and consumers," said Don Listwin, executive vice president of Cisco Systems.

"Cisco and GTE will continue to collaborate to develop leading-edge products and services."