Bell Atlantic Selects Teleglobe to Provide Global Calling Card Services
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Bell Atlantic Selects Teleglobe to Provide
Calling Card Services
Traveling Customers Can 'Phone Home', Office or Anyplace
From More Than 90 Countries and Locations
July 27, 1999
NEW YORK -- Bell Atlantic has selected Teleglobe Communications
Corp., one of the world's leading global telecommunications carriers,
to develop and support Bell Atlantic's new international calling card
Under the contract, Teleglobe will be the sole provider of global
connectivity for Bell Atlantic calling card customers, enabling
consumers and business executives traveling abroad to call any
location in the U.S. Customers may also use the card to place country-
to-country calls while on business or vacation overseas.
The new offering will be branded under the Bell Atlantic name. The
company plans to offer the new service when it receives permission to
enter the long distance market.
"This agreement greatly enhances our ability to be a customer's
single source for communications at home, across the country or
around the world," said Maura Breen, president and chief
executive officer of Bell Atlantic Communications Inc., the subsidiary
responsible for developing Bell Atlantic's long distance products and
services. "We will use Teleglobe's vast communications
network to provide traveling Bell Atlantic customers toll-free calling
access from all corners of the globe, including Europe, Asia and South
Customers can use the card to call anywhere in the U.S. from more
than 90 countries and locations around the world. The service also
enables overseas travelers to place country-to-country calls between
more than 60 countries.
Bell Atlantic customers traveling internationally will dial a country-
specific, toll-free access number and be connected to an automated
system that lets them charge calls to their Bell Atlantic global calling
card. The service also offers the option of placing collect calls.
Callers have access to national directory assistance and operator
assistance from Bell Atlantic English-speaking representatives.
"We chose Teleglobe because of their ability to quickly deliver a
service that is branded in Bell Atlantic's name," said Stu Verge,
president Bell Atlantic Data Solutions Group, Global Networks, the
team responsible for building and managing Bell Atlantic's long
distance infrastructure and interconnection agreements. "We
also were impressed with Teleglobe's long-standing relationships with
the world's leading telecommunications providers, enabling them to
offer high quality service over direct connections to telecom networks
in 150 countries."
"We are delighted to make high-quality global connections for
Bell Atlantic customers ," said John Cahill, president, Teleglobe
USA Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Teleglobe Communications
Corporation. "Teleglobe has a rapidly growing client base.
Worldwide, nearly 700 carriers, of which 130 are based in the U.S.,
rely on Teleglobe for global connectivity services and global service
Teleglobe recently announced that it would invest $5 billion over the
next five years to build GlobeSystem, the world's first globally-
integrated Internet, voice, data and video network. GlobeSystem will
increase Teleglobe's currently installed network capacity by an
estimated 200-fold, and provide customers with direct network access
from 160 major cities worldwide.
About Bell Atlantic
Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information industry. With more than 43 million telephone access
lines and nearly 10 million wireless customers world-wide, 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 23
Teleglobe Inc. (NYSE, TSE, ME: TGO) is a recognized leader in
global telecommunications. Through its subsidiary Teleglobe
Communications Corporation, the company develops and supplies
global connectivity services to carriers, Internet service providers,
business customers and content providers worldwide. Through Excel
Communication's proven marketing and distribution channels,
Teleglobe also caters to an expanding international
consumer customer base.
According to TeleGeography, the company is the fourth-ranked long
distance provider in the United States and, according to a recent KMI
Corporation study, the third largest owner of undersea fiber optic cable
systems. Teleglobe has a 50% interest in ORBCOMM, the world's
first commercial low-earth-orbit, satellite-based, data communications
system. Additional information is available at www.teleglobe.com.