Bell Atlantic Recognizes Keptel Corporation With Its 1996 Supplier Quality Excellence Award

Bell Atlantic Recognizes Keptel Corporation With Its 1996 Supplier
Quality Excellence Award

December 10, 1996

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Keptel Corporation of Tinton Falls,
New Jersey, a
division of ANTEC Corporation, has won the Bell Atlantic 1996 Supplier
Quality Excellence Award. The Bell Atlantic Supplier Recognition
Program (SRP) was introduced earlier this year to annually recognize
strategic suppliers for outstanding performance over the previous 12

During a ceremony at Keptel's New Jersey research and design facility
Bell Atlantic Vice Chairman, HREF="http://www.ba.com/speeches/profiles/babbio.html">Lawrence T.
Babbio, Jr., presented the
award to David Stehlin, President of Keptel.

Keptel Corporation produces network interface and outside plant
interconnection devices for the telecommunications industry and
employs more than 700 people in New Jersey, El Paso, Texas, and
Juarez, Mexico.

"Bell Atlantic created this award to recognize our suppliers that
consistently deliver excellent service and products," said Babbio.
"The winners of this award provide great service to Bell Atlantic by
meeting deadlines and delivering on their promise. Like Bell
Atlantic, they set very high standards, strive for continuous
improvement, and demonstrate a commitment to customer satisfaction."

Keptel was one of three suppliers chosen, out of more than 4500 that
do business with Bell Atlantic, to receive the 1996 Supplier Quality
Excellence Award.

"The competition was tight," said Babbio. "Keptel
supplies Bell
Atlantic with more than 90 types of products that help us to meet the
demands of our customers. And they do it better than any other
supplier in their category."

"This is a great honor for Keptel," said Stehlin. "Bell
Atlantic is
Keptel's largest customer. To be recognized as one of their top
suppliers reinforces our emphasis on customer service, product quality
and delivery. I'm extremely pleased to accept this award on behalf of
all of our employees."

Bell Atlantic plans to present Supplier Quality Excellence Awards to
its other two 1996 recipients within the next few weeks.

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.