Bell Atlantic Enhances its Role as a One-Stop Shop for Video Networking Services

Bell Atlantic Enhances its Role as a One-Stop
Shop for
Video Networking Services

Company Inks Deal with V-SPAN to Offer Businesses
Video Bridging Services

May 20, 1999


, Bell Atlantic


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NEW YORK -- Having trouble getting all of your employees
together for face-to-face staff meetings? Tired of paying
thousands of dollars in travel expenses for employees who must
journey hither and yon to attend said meetings?

Bell Atlantic has the answer -- a high quality video bridging service
that connects multiple sites.

Bell Atlantic's Data Solutions Group has selected V-SPAN as its
preferred provider of videoconferencing bridging services. V-
SPAN, the world's largest privately owned videoconferencing
network service provider, specializes in arranging and managing
videoconferences, large and small.

V-SPAN's offering will complement the video networking services
currently provided by the Data Solutions Group, which include the
design, implementation and maintenance of voice, data and video

"V-SPAN is excited to provide videoconferencing bridging
and scheduling services to Bell Atlantic's customers," said
Ken Hayward, president of V-SPAN. "Today's business
environment demands instant and ongoing communication
anyplace, anytime. V-SPAN and Bell Atlantic's Data Solutions
Group are combining resources to offer customers the ability to
communicate across the miles in real time and 'in person'."

The Data Solutions Group is forging relationships with V-SPAN
and other vendors and suppliers to provide Bell Atlantic customers
with end-to-end communications solutions.

"The Data Solutions Group is all about listening to
customers, understanding their requirements and developing a
solution that meets their needs," said Art Dolimpio, director
-- Product Management, Network Integration for Bell Atlantic's
Data Solutions Group. "Our agreement with V-SPAN is a
perfect example of how we are enhancing our product line to help
customers use communications tools to run their businesses more

Bell Atlantic sells bridging equipment to customers that routinely
use videoconferencing as a way of communicating between
different locations. The relationship with V-SPAN enables the
Data Solutions Group to offer customers a choice of either owning
their own video conferencing bridge designed, installed and
maintained by Bell Atlantic or to use a bridging service provided
by V-SPAN.

Under the agreement, V-SPAN will work with Bell Atlantic
customers to link multiple business locations, enabling employees
at various sites to hold "virtual" face-to-face meetings.
In addition, V-SPAN will work with equipment providers and
manufacturers to address compatibility issues, freeing customers
from the hassle of managing services from multiple suppliers.

About V-SPAN:

V-SPAN, Inc., is a worldwide leader in the teleconferencing
service industry, specializing in the management of large,
multipoint videoconferences. V-SPAN is primarily engaged in
providing videoconferencing connectivity and gateway services to
the interactive visual communications marketplace. The
organization has become recognized as a global market leader in
the delivery of "virtual meeting services" to
corporations, government and educational institutions.

V-SPAN services include: Gateway connectivity, videoconference
network management, award-winning Managed Conference
Services Group, multipoint bridging services, Internet streaming,
Web-enhanced teleconferencing, worldwide scheduling and
reservations and help desk services. V-SPAN corporate
headquarters is located in King of Prussia, Pa. with offices
nationwide. For additional information about V-SPAN services
please contact 1-888-44V-SPAN or visit its website at

About Bell Atlantic:

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information industry. With 43 million telephone access lines and
nine million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic
companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and
data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's
largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic
companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-
growth global communications markets, with operations and
investments in 23 countries.

About Bell Atlantic's Data Solutions Group:

The Bell Atlantic Data Solutions Group is dedicated to providing
globally integrated network solutions that seamlessly connect
businesses with their customers, partners and employees. The
Data Solutions Group provides all aspects of data networking from
the management and operation of customer networks and network
integration, to network transport and advanced IP services such as
intranets and extranets, virtual private networks, web hosting,
messaging and multimedia services. The Data Solutions Group
offers complete, end-to-end solutions through third party alliances
and partnerships it is forming nationally and globally.