U S West to Develop Advanced Data Network

U S WEST Communications announced it
partnered with Cisco Systems and Intermedia Communications Inc. to
develop its next-generation data communications network.

U S WEST will install Cisco networking equipment in over 80 points of
presence (POPs) across the U.S. through the end of 1998. Along with this
deployment of Cisco switches and dial access systems, the companies will
work together to develop other advanced networking services targeting the
business market, such as Internet Protocol (IP) telephony, frame relay, and
Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM).

In collaboration with Intermedia, U S WEST will extend its range of data
networking services using Intermedia’s 142 data switches and more than 385
network-to-network interfaces (NNIs).

“U S WEST is well positioned to bring the data network and Internet
access customers in its territory to the Intermedia network, taking advantage
of our densely populated US coverage and industry leading service offerings
of Frame Relay, Internet and ViewSPAN,” said David C. Ruberg, Intermedia’s
chairman, president, and chief executive officer.

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