Two Bell Atlantic Executives Named to New Omnitel Sistemi Radiocellulari Board of Directors

Two Bell Atlantic Executives Named to New Omnitel Sistemi Radiocellulari Board of Directors

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PHILADELPHIA - In Italy on Thursday, the shareholders of Omnitel
Sistemi Radiocellulari (OSR), the company which holds a 70 percent
stake in one of the world's fastest growing wireless operations,
Omnitel Pronto Italia, appointed a new Board of Directors.
Denny Strigl, Group President and CEO-Bell Atlantic Global Wireless
Group and President and CEO-Bell Atlantic Mobile, was added to the
Board, joining Tom Bartlett, President and CEO-Bell Atlantic
International Wireless.

Roberto Colannino, CEO-Olivetti, continues his role as Chairman of the
OSR Board. Also continuing on the Board of OSR are Silvio Scaglia
(CEO-Omnitel Pronto Italia), Ruggiero Magnoni (CEO-Lehman Brothers),
Marco De Benedetti (President and CEO-Olivetti Telemedia), William
Ginsberg (President and CEO-CCI), and Per Eric Fylking (Vice
President-Telia). Also new to the Board was Kurt Kinzius, member of
the Executive Board of Mannesmann.

The Board will remain in place until December 31, 2000.
Bell Atlantic holds a 24.9 percent stake in OSR and a 17.4 percent
share in the Omnitel operation. Other shareholders in OSR include
OliMan BV, a partnership of Olivetti and Mannesmann (50.7%), CCI
(14.6%), Telia (9.6%), and Lehman Brothers (0.002%).

Bell Atlantic - formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX
- is at the forefront of the new communications and information
industry. With 40.5 million telephone access lines and six million
wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier
providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders
in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory
information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's
largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with
operations and investments in 21 countries.