Bell Atlantic Expands Single-Source Managed Services

Bell Atlantic Expands Single-Source Managed Services

Businesses Searching for Network Management
Now Have One-Stop Shopping With Addition of Voice Services

June 17, 1997

Media contacts:

Tim Ireland

Bell Atlantic



ARLINGTON, Va. -- Businesses need a variety of communications
services to remain competitive in the Information Age. They require
state-of-the-art data, video and voice networks - along with
substantial time and effort to manage and upgrade these facilities.

Bell Atlantic has developed a way to simplify that effort. The
company announced today that voice network management is now part of
Bell Atlantic All@once(r) Solutions Managed Services.

With the addition of this service, Bell Atlantic will provide
consultation, project management, design, installation, monitoring and
maintenance for customers' data, video and voice networks. The
company is now the first telecommunications provider to offer this
full package.

"Large businesses are asking us for unified network support services,
and we've moved quickly to meet that need," said Bob Agnor, manager of
Business Development for Bell Atlantic Large Business Services.

"Companies can devote more time and energy to their core business when
they have an experienced partner like Bell Atlantic to manage their
data, video and voice networks."
Through a single contact at Bell Atlantic, customers can obtain the
following network and professional services:

Consulting -- Bell Atlantic will provide network consultation
expertise to enable customers to select the best technology available.

Network Design -- Bell Atlantic will custom design a voice, video or
data network to meet each customer's specific needs. As a company
grows, Bell Atlantic will add efficient, economical and innovative
enhancements to a firm's communications network or networks.

Project Management -- Bell Atlantic will meet the network alteration
requirements throughout the execution of a particular project. Bell
Atlantic will assemble all of the resources necessary to procure,
install, test and train for new system implementations.

Monitoring -- Bell Atlantic will provide 24-hour network monitoring
using one of the most sophisticated network operations centers in the
telecommunications industry.. If a problem appears in a company's
data, video or voice network, Bell Atlantic will find it promptly.

Maintenance, Repair, and Moves, Adds and Changes -- Bell Atlantic
maintains a dedicated team to handle maintenance and necessary changes
necessary to the customers' network.

Bell Atlantic provides a flexible menu of Managed Services. Customers
can buy as many or as few network support services as they need.
Whether a business needs basic communications management or complete
management of one or more voice, video or data networks, Bell Atlantic
will oblige. Year-round, 24-hour-a-day network monitoring also is

In addition, Bell Atlantic offers customers the option of leasing back
network assets. Bell Atlantic will buy a customer's network assets,
lease them back to the customer, transfer staff, expand the customer's
billing system and financially restructure the customer's
telecommunications network.

"Managed services is an extension of Bell Atlantic's commitment to
support customers and grow their businesses," said Agnor. "Our team
of technicians, engineers, managers and other professionals provide
more than network support. They help develop customized solutions to
fit each customer's needs."

Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider 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.

The company's Large Business Services organization offers customers
Bell Atlantic All@once Solutions: integrated voice, data and video
applications and the professional consulting and support services that
add up to a precise solution that fits and evolves to meet customers'
specific communications needs.


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