May 13, 1997
Bell Atlantic NYNEX NEWS RELEASE
Bell Atlantic and NYNEX Win Eight New Wireless Licenses
To Serve Major Eastern Markets
Winning Bids in FCC WCS Auction Total $1.6 Million
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. and NEW YORK -- Bell Atlantic and NYNEX successfully bid
$1.6 million for new Wireless Communications Service [WCS] licenses to serve major
eastern U.S. markets, including New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh,
Richmond, Va., Buffalo, NY, and Washington, DC. The companies also won the license
for the Cincinnati market, which covers West Virginia.
The set of licenses for eight Major Economic Areas [MEAs] cover virtually
the entire geographic territory of the combined Bell Atlantic/NYNEX landline telephone
operations from Maine to Virginia. All of the licenses are for 10 MHz [megahertz]
of WCS spectrum in the 2.3 GHz [gigahertz] range, and covering a total population
[POPs] of 67.3 million. The winning bid per market was $200,000, for an average price
of .024 cents per POP for each of the licenses.
Nationwide, the FCC allocated two 10 MHz WCS licenses in each of 52 MEAs,
and two 5 MHz licenses in each of 12 Regional Economic Area Groupings, or REAGs.
Bell Atlantic and NYNEX bid -- under the name PCSCo -- only for the MEA licenses
covering the companies combined local exchange footprint.
The new WCS spectrum is in the 2.3 GHz radio band, above the 1.9 GHz band
allocated for Personal Communications Services and the 850 MHz band used for cellular
"Wireless communications continues to be one of the greatest growth opportunities
worldwide," noted Denny Strigl, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile,
and designated president - Global Wireless Group, in the merged company. "These
licenses enable us to capitalize on more than a decades worth of wireless experience
in domestic and international markets by creating new products and services for both
business and consumer markets. When you consider the amount of innovation weve seen
from the wireless industry already, the possibilities are truly exciting."
According to the companies, some of the potential uses for the new spectrum
include data communications, Internet access, and low mobility wireless services;
for customers who need "walkaround" wireless access in a limited geographic
area, such as a local neighborhood or business campus.
[NOTE: A complete map of the Bell Atlantic/NYNEX WCS coverage area, and
a WCS spectrum allocation graphic depicting the radio bands allocated to WCS, PCS
and cellular systems, is available at: www.bell-atl.com/wcsinfo.]
Bell Atlantic and NYNEX have already submitted a 20 percent down payment on
the licenses with the FCC, and after a brief public notice period, the companies
expect to receive the licenses in June or July, pending final regulatory approval.
This is the second time Bell Atlantic and NYNEX have teamed together to win
radio spectrum in FCC auctions. In October 1994, the companies formed an alliance
with AirTouch and US WEST to win licenses in 11 major markets in the Southeast, Southwest,
Midwest and Hawaii. PrimeCo Personal Communications -- a new PCS company based in
Westlake, Texas -- was formed by the alliance to build and operate the networks,
which began service in 16 cities late last year.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile is the companies largest domestic U.S. wireless
business, providing a full range of wireless local, long distance, data and paging
communications services in a territory stretching from Maine to Georgia and in parts
of the Southwest. BANMs markets total 56 million POPS and the company serves about
4.6 million customers. More details on BANMs operations can be found at: HREF="http://www.banm.com">www.banm.com.
After the merger, Bell Atlantic Global Wireless will also have extensive international
wireless holdings, with investments in high growth international markets like Italy,
Greece, Indonesia, Mexico and the Czech Republic.
Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new communications,
entertainment and information industry. In the mid-Atlantic region, the company's
telephone company subsidiaries are the premier providers 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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a full range of services in the northeastern United States and in high-growth markets
around the world, including the United Kingdom, Thailand, Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia,
the Philippines, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The corporation is a leader
in telecommunications, wireless communications, directory publishing and video and
entertainment services. NYNEX is also managing sponsor of FLAG Fiberoptic Link
Around the Globe the worlds longest undersea fiber optic communications cable.
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