Bell Atlantic Modernizes Army Telecommunications in Europe

Bell Atlantic Modernizes Army Telecommunications in Europe

Company Wins $38 Million Cable Distribution System Contract

December 5, 1996

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Army telecommunications
systems throughout
Europe soon will be modernized under a five-year, $38 million Cable
Distribution System (CDS) contract awarded to Bell Atlantic by the
Army 5th Signal Command headquartered in Germany.

Under the contract, Bell
Atlantic Federal Systems
will install new
telecommuncations equipment and replace World War II-vintage cables to
support voice, data and video applications at military installations
in Europe. Bell Atlantic will provide centralized program management
of the contract to ensure consistency of design and oversight control.
The Bell Atlantic team for the CDS contract includes technology
suppliers Seimens and Annixter.

"We have a long history of successfully meeting the communications
needs of the military," said Ed Rodier, general manager, Bell
Federal Systems. "This contract demonstrates Bell Atlantic's
readiness to provide the military with advanced networking technology
and to help build the infrastructure needed to meet the changing needs
of troop movements and consolidation in Europe."

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.