Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Bell Starts Installing $3 Million Switch Equipment for Expansion

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Bell Starts Installing $3 Million Switch Equipment for Expansion

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Southwestern Bell Telephone has begun installing $3 million in state-of-the-art switching and transmission equipment in northwest Oklahoma City to improve service and make way for expansion in the Skyline exchange, it was announced Thursday.

"The improvements will affect 8,715 customers in our Skyline exchange, prefixes 751 and 755," division manager Dave Miller said. "Once the equipment becomes operational later this year, those customers should notice an improvement in the quality of their phone calls."

The new Electronic Switching System equipment will be connected by fiber optics, and will be housed in three new buildings, Miller said. Those new structures include 400-square-foot buildings at 3600 NW 122nd St. and 13000 N. Meridian Ave. and a 900-square-foot building at 3001 W. Memorial Rd.

The buildings in which the new equipment will be housed should be completed by July 1, Bell said, with the system targeted to be operational by Aug. 1.

The expansion should enable Southwestern Bell to keep up with escalating and anticipated demand for phone service in the western section of Oklahoma's fastest-growing telephone exchange for the next two decades, Miller said.

Both residential and business customers located within an area bounded by Meridian Ave. on the west, Pennsylvania Ave. on the east, NW 108th St. on the south and NW 150th St. on the north will be affected by the change.

The new equipment will serve Mercy Hospital, the future headquarters of Globe Life and Accident Insurance Co. and other major projects planned by developers, Miller said.

"The equipment will use advanced digital technology and will dramatically increase the call-handling capacity of new and existing telephone cable in the area," he added.

The project is the first in Oklahoma to use fiber optics in a local telephone network. A high-grade fiber is being used to allow computer-to-computer communications, according to Miller. …

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