Bell Atlantic Says Tests Show CDMA Digital Platform Best Course For Wireless Future

September 19, 1996

Bell Atlantic Says Tests Show CDMA Digital Platform Best
Course For Wireless Future

CDMA Systems Currently Being Deployed by Company's Cellular and PCS

PHILADELPHIA -- Bell Atlantic has released the following
statement concerning the deployment of a new standard for digital
wireless telecommunications, called "http://www.banm.com/cdma.htm">Code Division Multiple Access, or
CDMA, by the wireless industry:

    "We believe CDMA is a viable commercial digital technology.
    A trial system deployed in Trenton, NJ, by our cellular company, = "http://www.banm.com">Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile (BANM), has met
    or exceeded our expectations, providing up to nine times the capacity of
    analog wireless networks. The 13 kilobit vocoder voice quality is
    superior to other digital standards, and even comparable to landline
    service. BANM plans to have commercial CDMA available in all of its
    markets early next year.

    "At the same time, our PCS company, PrimeCo Personal
    Communications, has successfully completed testing of CDMA in all 11 of
    its markets, and is on track for a national launch of commercial service
    in the fourth quarter of this year. Ultimately, customers will be able
    to purchase phones that will operate on both the BANM and PrimeCo
    networks, nationwide.

    "CDMA, which has become the dominant digital standard for
    both cellular and PCS carriers in North America, will offer our customers
    next-generation wireless services like Caller ID, short messaging and
    data applications. It will also enhance security of their conversations
    and greatly increase the battery life, or talk-time of their portable

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.


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