AT&T WINS CONTRACT FOR MASSPORT SERVICES; 'INTELLIGENT' AIRPORT PAY PHONES
(PR Newswire; 09/09/98)
BOSTON, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T) announced today it has won a
multi-million dollar contract from the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport)
to install a state-of-the-art communications system at Logan International
Airport and provide local and long-distance pay phone services at all Massport
The company said the contract could generate revenues exceeding $20 million
over seven years. The agreement is the first to leverage the benefits of
AT&T's recent merger with Teleport Communications Group (TCG) by providing
integrated business local and long-distance telecommunications services.
AT&T will manage Logan Airport's switched and private-line services, as well as
public communication services, including pay phones, prepaid calling cards and
Internet kiosks. The airport will be equipped with more than 600 intelligent
pay phone stations that afford laptop computer access -- so business travelers
can send and receive e-mail while waiting for a flight. The phones will offer
remote diagnostic monitoring and trouble-reporting capabilities, the ability to
"read" billing information electronically encoded on calling cards, and
improved fraud detection features.
The contract also calls for AT&T to provide pay phone services to other
Massport facilities, including the Port of Boston, the Tobin Bridge, Hanscom
Field and the Boston Fish Pier.
A fiberoptic SONET (Synchronous Optical Network) system will form the backbone
for Massport's upgraded communications system, providing broadband services and
enhanced operations, administration, maintenance and provisioning. In addition
to significantly increasing network transmission capacity, SONET systems are
highly reliable, providing sub-second restoration in the event of a cable
failure on the core network.
"Our contract with AT&T is one facet of Massport's billion dollar program to
modernize Logan Airport," said Peter Blute, Massport executive director and
CEO. "The contract will enhance all communications from Logan, making the
services more effective and easier to use."
AT&T has contracted to provide long-distance services from pay phones at 20 of
the nation's 25 largest airports. AT&T is the country's leading provider of
integrated communications services for businesses, offering an unmatched
portfolio of local, long-distance, wireless, data and Internet services.
Logan International Airport is the nation's 17th busiest airport and the
world's 26th busiest. An average of 25 million passengers pass through it each
year. SOURCE AT&T Corp.