Bell Atlantic Goes All-Digital in Delaware

Bell Atlantic Goes All-Digital in Delaware

State Becomes Second in Nation Served by Digital
Technology in All Telephone Offices

November 4, 1996

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Ells Edwards 302-576-5340


NEWARK, Del. -- The state of Delaware vaulted into the
Age this weekend, thanks to Bell Atlantic. The company completed
installation of a new $6 million digital switch in Newark, making
Delaware only the second state in the nation with all telephone
offices served by digital switches. West Virginia, also served by
Bell Atlantic, was the first state to go all-digital.

"This is a major milestone for Delaware and Bell Atlantic,"
Joshua W. Martin III,
president and CEO of Bell Atlantic-Delaware.
"Bell Atlantic achieved this goal more than a year ahead of our
commitment under the Telecommunications Technology Investment Act
(TTIA) to install digital switching equipment in all Delaware
telephone offices by 1998."

The new switch will allow 80,000 customers in the Newark area to use
advanced services such as ISDN
(Integrated Services Digital Network)
which provides high-speed access to the information superhighway.

"Now all of our customers can take advantage of the very latest in
voice, data and video capabilities regardless of who they are or where
they live," Martin said. "Our new switch in Newark will have a
impact on improving communications in the home and on the way business
is conducted.

"Because of the TTIA, Bell Atlantic has incentives to invest $250
million in Delaware's telephone network over a five-year period.
Modernizing our state's telecommunications network is the single most
important element in today's information economy, and will affect
every aspect of society," Martin said.

Bell Atlantic has moved aggressively to meet its commitments under the
act. The company has surpassed expectations by spending $175 million
in the last 2 1/2 years on digital switches, high-tech signaling
systems and thousands of miles of fiber optic cable that connect
communities from Rockland to Rehoboth.

In addition to ISDN capability, the new digital switch in Newark
provides advantages over analog technology such as higher quality and
faster transmission speeds. Newark area customers served by the
following exchanges will benefit from the new technology:

    292, 366, 368, 451, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 731, 733, 737 and 738.

Customers may notice a slight difference in the way their telephone
service sounds. For example, dial tone now is free of clicks and
background sounds. The clicking sound on Call Waiting has been
replaced by a soft tone. On long-distance calls, customers no longer
hear a clicking sound as the call is being completed.

Bell Atlantic Corporation (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.