AT&T Launches New Frame Relay Services
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AT&T Monday announced it is expanding its frame-relay services, giving customers the opportunity to have local, long distance and global frame relay services all on the same bill.
The company said the service is geared to businesses using client-server applications over their intranets
Frame relay offers packet-switching protocols for connecting devices on a wide area network. It connects LANs and provides data transport for Internet protocol services. AT&T said the service is ideal for companies needing relatively inexpensive bursts of bandwidth. Speeds of up to 45 megabits per second are supported.
AT&T said it will offer local frame relay service in 40 U.S. cities by the end of this year. Chicago, Indianapolis and Milwaukee will get the service first, with the other cities coming online in 1999.
"Today is the day that business customers have been waiting for -- the day that one provider gives them local, national and global frame relay all on one bill, on a single high-performance backbone, with one customer service number.
"Adding local frame relay to our portfolio of business services also allows us to more effectively serve customers who have local-only frame relay or a mixture of local and national/global service requirements," he said.
While specific pricing has yet to be determined by public utility commissions, Noone expects costs to range from $255 to $1100 for 56 Kbps to T1 speeds. Pricing for single ports includes access and costs remain the same even if businesses use a different exchange company other than AT&T.
Bob Annunziata, president of AT&T business services said, "Adding local frame relay to our portfolio of business services also allows us to more effectively serve customers who have local-only frame relay or a mixture of local and national/global service requirements."