In what it believes is the largest single private telephone system ever sold in San Diego County, AT&T has installed a 12,000-line telephone system valued at about $10 million for General Dynamics' Space Systems and Convair divisions, the companies said Monday.
AT&T beat out competitors Rolm Corp., Northern Telecom and Intecom for the contract.
At least three telephone contracts awarded in recent years exceeded AT&T's General Dynamics contract in terms of dollar value, AT&T's San Diego group general manager Raleigh Wilson said Monday. But all were contracted by government entities.
Those larger contracts were the $100-million deal for the Navy awarded to AT&T in 1985, a $12-million contract for San Diego State University won by Ericsson Telephone of Sweden in 1987 and the $12-million system for the county awarded to Contel in 1985.
Two hundred AT&T installers from throughout Southern California worked over a December weekend to put General Dynamics' system on line, said Candice Shine, General Dynamics supervisor for telecommunications.