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Bell Atlantic Welcomes Mannesman-Olivetti Relationship
September 5, 1997
The following statement may be attributed to Thomas Bartlett,
president, Bell Atlantic International Wireless:
Mannesman AG is an experienced and well-capitalized telecommunications
provider with whom we have worked successfully in Omnitel. We look
forward to continuing to work with Mannesman in one of the
fastest-growing wireless startups in the world.
As a result of the Bell Atlantic-NYNEX merger, the new Bell Atlantic
has a portfolio of wireline and wireless partnerships and joint
ventures in 20 countries outside the United States. We view the
international arena as a key opportunity to grow our business and
build shareowner value; we have long-term commitments to partners
around the world and very productive relationships with them; and, as
always, we regularly evaluate opportunities to build long-term value
outside the U.S.