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BellSouth Provides Virtual Private Dial Network To Simplify Remote Access To Business Networks

ATLANTA, GA -- June 9, 1998 -- As companies scramble to
Jun 09, 1998

ATLANTA, GA -- June 9, 1998 -- As companies scramble to connect telecommuters, mobilesales reps and branch offices with corporate computing resources,BellSouth is making private, remote access easier for its businesscustomers with a new Virtual Private Dial Network (VPDN) service.

VPDN enables businesses to tap into BellSouth's robust InternetProtocol (IP) network for remote access to corporate intranet, extranetand IP networks. The fast, easy-to-use service eliminates the costs andchallenges typically associated with building and maintaining internal dial-up infrastructures or expensive point-to-point Local Area Network (LAN) links. Remote users simply log on and a virtual private tunnel opens up to their corporate site.

"Virtual Private Dial Network is the latest offering in our powerful line of data solutions for companies with increasingly complex computing needs," said John Stuhrenberg, vice president of Business Products. "VPDN is an ideal solution for many businesses because it combines the economy and flexibility of a public network with the privacy and performance of a private network. Users get direct, safe access essentially as if they were using an office computer connected to a LAN."

VPDN was designed in association with Cisco Systems, a leader in networking for the Internet.

"Cisco's high-performance, reliable networking solutions enable service providers to offer consistent services," said Kevin Kennedy, vice president and general manager of Cisco's Network-to-User Business Unit. "BellSouth's relationship with Cisco will enable BellSouth customers to be confident that their service provider will deliver a high level of network interoperability and performance, as well as new, advanced and differentiated services."

VPDN benefits include:

  • No capital investment in network equipment required
  • Remote access via BellSouth's network, one of the fastest, safest and most reliable networks in the world
  • Enhanced protocol and authentication to ensure security of access-sensitive information
  • High-speed, high-performance access using the fastest connections for complex data transfers
  • Support for up to 200 simultaneous users without slowing network traffic
  • Ability to add users without installing remote access servers and modem pools
  • Easy scalability

"Implementing and managing a remote access network can stretch a company's IT resources," said Stuhrenberg. "It typically demands additional staffing and training, and adding and subtracting users is a never-ending task. By outsourcing the access components of their network to BellSouth, companies can concentrate on network administration and optimizing applications."

VPDN service is available in all areas of BellSouth's nine-state region where Business Services' dedicated Internet access is available. Customers can contact their BellSouth account representative for more information.

About BellSouth

BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) is a $21 billion communications services company. It provides telecommunications, wireless communications, directory advertising and publishing and Internet and information services to more than 30 million customers in 20 countries worldwide. BellSouth's telecommunications operations provide service over one of the most advanced networks in the world for approximately 23 million access lines in its nine-state region that includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. For more information on Internet services, visit or visit BellSouth Corporation's Web site at

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