February 2, 1999-GREENVILLE, SC-
Bell Atlantic Mobile today announced its
has acquired the cellular service market designated South Carolina-8 from
South Carolina Cellular Corporation. Terms of the transaction were not
The acquisition represents an additional 187,500 POPs (potential customers)
and expands the company's service geography by more than 2,800 square-miles.
The RSA encompasses Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties, extending
Bell Atlantic Mobile's service territory to the state's southern shore.
"This acquisition is consistent with Bell Atlantic Mobile's continuing
strategy to increase our leadership position while growing our service
geography in the Southeast," said Jerry Fountain, vice president -Southeast
region "With this addition we've extended our South Carolina footprint
and now serve the popular resort community of Hilton Head Island."
Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless
network in the East, covering 116,000 square miles, and the largest chain
of retail outlets devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging.
Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 5.9 million customers
and 7,500 employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary,
in the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at Work" community service program,
the company uses its technology to help individuals and communities improve
security and emergency communications. Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent is
one of the world's largest wireless communications companies, with domestic
operations in 25 states and international investments in Mexico, Europe
and the Pacific Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic Mobile visit:
www.bam.com; on global operations visit: