December 5, 1996 11:00 AM ET

US West rolls out frame relay, ATM services
By Tom Davey

  Some of the benefits of telecommunications deregulation are finally becoming a reality.

RBOC (Regional Bell Operating Company) US West Communications this week announced immediate availability of three high-bandwidth transmission services in three regions outside its 14-state market area.

Fractional T-1 frame relay, T-3 and ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) cell relay services are now available from US West in Richmond, Va., Jacksonville, Fla., and the state of Vermont.

The Denver-based regional phone company will vary pricing, with an eye on undercutting the local RBOCs in each region, said Todd Hirsch, director of national expansion for the US West division known as Interprise Networking Services.

US West will offer local frame relay services at a variety of intermediate bandwidths between 56K bps and T-1 speed. Hirsch expects to expand the local frame relay and Internet services to at least 25 cities outside the US West market area in the first quarter of next year. He also anticipates offering long distance frame relay services in some cities starting in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, US West is awaiting regulatory approvals for expansion of its data services in up to 300 cities by the end of next year.

The T-3 service provides 45M-bps bandwidth and is used typically by Internet service providers and large corporate data centers.

US West's ATM services range from 45M to 155M bps.

US West is already offering the frame relay and ATM services in its local markets and will begin offering T-3 services there in the first quarter of next year.

US West can be reached at www.uswest.com.

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