Bell Atlantic Network Integration Announces Remote Access Offering

Bell Atlantic Network Integration Announces Remote Access Offering

Nationwide Program Provides "Best-of-Breed" Products and Quality
Services Packaged in Comprehensive, Remote Access Solution

February 24, 1997

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FRAZER, Pa. -- Companies looking for the most complete
remote access
solution now have a single point of contact-Bell Atlantic Network
Integration (BANI). BANI, a subsidiary of Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE:
BEL), today announced the most comprehensive nationwide remote access
solution available anywhere. The company packages
products with quality services and expertise in planning, implementing
and managing enterprise-wide remote access solutions, providing
customers with a single source for their entire remote access program.
BANI offers corporations a new level of ease of implementation that
eliminates the need to manage multiple vendors and service providers.

BANI's unique experience and expertise enables the company to provide
customers with the widest array of services necessary for complete
installation and implementation of projects of all sizes on schedule
and within budget. BANI's Internetworking Transport Services (BITS)
Center coordinates the entire process from checking availability and
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(Switched Multimegabit Data Service) and other WAN (Wide Area Network)
telecommunications transport services. These services coupled with
"Best-of-Breed" products provide the core of BANI's complete
access solution.

"At Paramount, we needed a fast, trouble-free way to connect our
users," said Frank Meza, senior systems analyst at Paramount
"With BANI's remote access program, we have an unprecedented level
service and support as well as competitive pricing and professional
packaging-all coordinated through a single contact. It's made launching
our remote access program simpler and more efficient than I ever
thought possible."

"BANI has done a good job packaging its Remote Access Program
kit to effectively coordinate the procurement and deployment of
hardware, installation and transport," said Ellen Carney, director
principal analyst at Dataquest. "All the end user has to do is log

Leveraging its core competencies, BANI offers customers the simplicity
of dealing with a single point of contact to plan and implement a
comprehensive remote access solution. BANI's remote access program
embodies proven "Network Lifecycle" management
methodology including:

  • Unbiased evaluation and testing of internetworking products to
    provide the most effective and reliable hardware solutions available
  • Planning and design of intricate remote access solutions to simplify
    the evaluation of individual components and the selection of the
    appropriate remote access solution
  • Implementation services, including procurement and installation of
    networking equipment and wide area network (WAN) transport services,
    to provide timely provisioning with minimal inconvenience
  • Support services, including network management of the customer's
    central and remote site devices, to provide a single point of
    contact for network operation concerns

"Remote access has become a fundamental tool for helping
of all kinds increase productivity and efficiency as well as
differentiate themselves from their competition," said Bill
BANI program manager, access services. "BANI has the expertise and
resources to design and implement high-quality, scaleable remote access
solutions that give remote users seamless, real-time access to
corporate applications and resources."

BANI determines its "Best-of-Breed" internetworking products
its Technical Research Center, which performs in-depth product testing
and analysis and supplies high-level technical assessments on network
products and services. Those selected are proven market leaders who
use stable, standards-based technology and provide outstanding product

Pricing and Availability

BANI's remote access program lists for $1,200-$2,000 per seat
depending on volume and hardware selection and is available
immediately. Price includes network design, products, implementation
and one year's maintenance. For sales information, customers should
call BANI at 800-PIC-BANI (800-742-2264). Pricing does not
local or long distance transport, and the customer must designate its
long distance carriers.

About BANI

Bell Atlantic Network Integration, Inc.
(BANI), a subsidiary of Bell Atlantic Corp., is a
full-service voice, data and video network
integrator dedicated to providing customers with a single point of
contact for all communication network needs. BANI's cutting-edge
integration services cover the full "Network Lifecycle"
from planning
and implementation to management of enterprise-wide networks. Founded
in 1993, BANI is headquartered in Frazer, Pa., and has 32 offices
across the United States.

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.