Army Awards DSSMP Contract To Bell Atlantic

Army Awards DSSMP Contract To Bell Atlantic

Company to Provide State-of-the-Art Telecommunications Infrastructure to All Government Agencies Worldwide

July 1, 1997

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Ells Edwards

Bell Atlantic Media Relations



Meredith Baird

Bell Atlantic Federal Systems



WASHINGTON -- Bell Atlantic Federal Systems has been awarded a
contract to provide state-of-the-art telecommunications switches and
infrastructure for the U.S. Army, Department of Defense and other
federal agencies worldwide, the company announced today.

Valued at $1 billion, the Defense Digital Systems Modernization Plan
(DSSMP) contract will run for ten years. Bell Atlantic will be one of the
prime contractors for the
multiple-award contract, which will be administered by the Army
Communications and Electronic Command System Management Center
(CECOM), located at Ft. Monmouth, NJ. DSSMP is designed to modernize
legacy systems by providing hardware, software and related services.

"We are delighted with this award, and we are impressed with the Army
CECOM leadership for awarding a major program with such comprehensive
scope in such a short period of time," said Barbara Connor, president
of Bell Atlantic Federal Systems.

As prime contractor, Bell Atlantic will work with a team of companies
experienced in meeting the needs of the military and federal government
customers. Major subcontractors are Computer Sciences Corp., BBN, AG
Communications and Nortel. Leading small businesses on the contract
include Dynamic Concepts, Inc., Custom Design Telecommunications
Services, SpliceCo, Vitronics, Camber, and Dimensions International.

Bell Atlantic Federal Systems is the largest single provider of local
telecommunications services to the federal government. The company
provides advanced voice, data networking and videoconferencing
services and has an impressive global presence, able to meet the
military's worldwide needs. For example, Bell Atlantic provides
base-level cable infrastructure for Army installations in Europe
through the Army's Cable Distribution Systems contract. In addition,
Bell Atlantic provides telecommunications services in Canada, Mexico,
Europe and the Pacific Rim.

Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, Bell Atlantic's telephone company subsidiaries
are the premier providers of local telecommunications and advanced
services. Globally, it is one of the largest investors in the
high-growth wireless communication marketplace. Bell Atlantic also
owns a substantial interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and
is actively developing high-growth national and international business
opportunities in all phases of the industry.