EuroTel Scores Big With First Quarter '98 Results and Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Team

EuroTel Scores Big With First Quarter '98 Results and
Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Team

EuroTel, the hip Czech company

April 6, 1998

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PHILADELPHIA -- In Nagano, Japan, the Czech national hockey team
recently skated to Olympic Gold. EuroTel Praha, Bell Atlantic's Czech
wireless investment, ended the first period of 1998 by scoring gold of
its own, adding a record of more than 37,000 customers between January
1 and March 31.

EuroTel's first quarter growth brought the company to 392,000 net
total customers. About 20 percent of the growth came from prepaid

Revenues for 1997 more than doubled over 1996 to CZKc10.4 billion
(US$328.3 million).

During just the first quarter of 1998, EuroTel also added 487 new
digital transmission sites to its network, for a total of 2,870. "The
EuroTel Praha team continues to execute a great game plan for
bringing value to customers, to the company, and to its shareholders,"
said Tom Bartlett, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic International
Wireless. "Market-leading levels of network quality, customer care,
and marketing will help EuroTel get and keep the lion's share of what
we believe will be a market of 1.1 million customers by the year

EuroTel Praha also announced a partnership with the Czech national
hockey team that will, among other cooperative activities, place the
company's logo on the team's uniforms. The new logo placement will
first be seen beginning April 17 as the Czech team takes on Finland in
their opening round of the Ice Hockey World Championships in

"The EuroTel brand has built up a lot of equity in the market.
Sponsoring the globe's best hockey team can only help to build on
EuroTel's position as one of the best-known brands in the Czech
Republic," said Bartlett.

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