GTE Telephone Operations is planning to build 50 fiber-optic networks in 12 states, including Florida, at cost of $240-million.
The company said Tuesday that the advanced fiber-optic rings, known as Synchronous Optical Networks, will be installed this year and early next year. The first of GTE's rings is already in service in the Los Angeles area.
In addition to enhancing telephone service, the fiber-optic highways will give customers access to multimedia services such as electronic shopping and interactive videoconferencing, GTE said.
AT&T Network Systems will be the primary vendor for SONET ring equipment, with other equipment coming from Northern Telecom, GTE said.