Bellcore changes name

Bellcore, the time-honoured communications company that helped design the modern US telecommunications network, relaunched itself with a new name last week and set its sights on the emerging market for data-voice integration networks.

Bellcore was founded in 1984 by the regional Bell operating companies (RBOCs) as a consortium to provide them with new communications technologies. Its researchers are credited with pioneering a string of advancements including Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line, ATM, and ISDN.

In 1997 Bellcore was sold to research and engineering company Science Applications International. The terms of the acquisition required Bellcore to drop its name, to which the RBOCs claimed ownership, and the company began doing business officially last week as Telcordia Technologies.

Telcordia announced last week its first suite of products and services, the Next Generation Networks family, which is aimed at companies addressing the convergence of voice, video, and data services. Telcordia targets traditional communications companies, such as the RBOCs, as well as telephony start-ups and large companies.

The company had revenues of about $1.2 billion in 1998, of which about $500 million came from products and services sold outside the RBOC market.

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