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The great buildout: Frontier selects NEC for OC-48 Sonet equipment.

Competitive access provider Frontier Corp, and building partner Qwest Communications recently chose NEC as their electronics supplier for Sonet OC-48 multiplexers and wave division multiplexing equipment.

Frontier has already chosen Lucent Technologies to provide the fiber that Qwest is now installing, and it has been using some Northern Telecom multiplexers for the part of its previously built network. So far, about 60% of Frontier's network has been leased, but the company plans to he at 90% of its own fiber lines by mid-1998. Its nationwide network will interconnect about 100 cities with 13,000 route-miles of fiber.

"We will still use Nortel where we already used their equipment," said Randal Simonetti, Frontier vice president of communications. …

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