03.12.1996|Corporate

BELL ATLANTIC SELECTS SPRINT AS A LONG-DISTANCE SERVICES PROVIDER


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 1996

BELL ATLANTIC SELECTS SPRINT AS A LONG-DISTANCE SERVICES PROVIDER


Arlington, Va. -- Bell Atlantic Communications, Inc., has selected Sprint as a provider of interexchange services for Bell Atlantic's initial entry into the wireline long-distance market outside of its region.

"We negotiated aggressively with a number of major interexchange carriers. Sprint was selected for its full array of telecommunications services, performance and wholesale price," said Bell Atlantic Communications President Al Binford. "Sprint's all-digital fiber optic network, with its ability to automatically correct problems even before they affect customers, is the long-distance standard for network reliability, speed and quality."

Under the arrangement, which is not exclusive, Bell Atlantic will use the Sprint network to carry its long-distance calls.

Binford noted that Bell Atlantic plans to market long-distance services in select locales outside its region, such as in areas where the Bell Atlantic brand is well known through its wireless operations. "This arrangement with Sprint is an important step as we prepare to establish ourselves in the long-distance business and as we get ready to offer long-distance service ultimately in our home region," Binford said.

On Feb. 13, Bell Atlantic became one of the first regional Bell companies to apply for entry into the long-distance business when it filed applications with regulators to provide long-distance service in North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, South Carolina and Texas. "Our applications have been well received by regulators who welcome the competition in their states," said Binford.

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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