AT&T expands ISDN services

LAS VEGAS -- AT&T Corp. is speeding its ISDN across the pond with a 1.

LAS VEGAS -- AT&T Corp. is speeding its ISDN across the pond with a 1.5M-bps T-1 link to the United Kingdom. The announcement, coming Tuesday at NetWorld+Interop here, boosts the dial-up access from the current 384K bps.

The faster access is a lift for emerging applications such as videoconferencing. In a related announcement, the Basking Ridge, N.J., company rolled out on Monday its Video Courier service, an ISDN-based offering that delivers video files at up to 9M bps within the United States.

AT&T has teamed up with NEC Technologies Inc., Ascend Communications Inc. and e-Motion Inc. to deliver full-service solutions to corporate customers looking for boardroom video broadcasts, said AT&T officials.

With prices dropping, ISDN is now widely available in 45 countries around the world, and AT&T plans to expand the reach to 60 countries in the next year.

"A connection to the U.K. cost $2.40 per minute in October 1994. Today it is 99 cents per minute," said Richard Slezak, AT&T's managing director for advanced networks global ISDN in Bedminister, N.J.

ISDN service costs about $3,000 for installation and possibly another $20,000 to $40,000 for videoconferencing equipment, said Slezak.

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