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GTE Supply, a business unit of GTE Communications Systems Corp., announced it has been awarded a multiyear, $50 million agreement by Citizens Telecom, a business unit of Citizens Utilities. The agreement calls for GTE Supply to provide Citizens with purchasing, materials management and financial services which will cross all product lines. For the past five years, GTE Supply has been a major provider of telecommunications products for Citizens Telecom. This new agreement will extend the relationship to also incorporate cost-effective logistic activity.

California Microwave Inc. has announced it has been awarded a $5 million contract from the Jamaica Public Service Co. (JPS) to supply digital microwave radios for the new JPS communications system, which will interconnect JPS facilities throughout the island. Work on the project already has commenced and the system is expected to be fully installed and operational in early 1997.

On completion of the new communications system, JPS will have the largest privately operated communications network in Jamaica. This network will enable JPS to provide a highly reliable “teleprotection” capability, which will safeguard its many substations in the event of equipment malfunction. The network will facilitate SCADA and provide both voice and data communications to all its locations.

A 6-GHz digital microwave radio will form the backbone links for the overall network. In addition, 950-MHz and 2-GHz radios are specified for “last-mile” or low-density interconnections. The microwave radios and other transmission elements in the network will be managed by California Microwave`s TELESCAN 3000 network management system.

Florida Power Corp. announced that it has signed a contract with Scientific-Atlanta for a two-way, interactive energy services system. Florida Power plans to begin its 1,000-point pilot program in the fourth quarter of 1996 and will incorporate both homes and businesses within its service area. Scientific Atlanta`s interactive energy services system will supply the communications applications for this pilot program.

With the new system, Florida Power will be able to improve customer service through applications such as automatic meter reading, outage detection, meter tampering detection, and remote connect and disconnect of service. In addition, the two-way system will enable Florida Power to expand its customer load management system and to explore real-time pricing services.

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