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EuroTel Finishes 1999 with 1,070,000 Customers

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EuroTel Finishes 1999 with 1,070,000

January 5, 2000


Jan Kucmas, EuroTel Praha

011-420-6701-1163, 011-420-602-608-468
Petr Voplakal, McCann-Erickson Prague

011-4202-200-9227, 011-420-606-608-725

PRAGUE, the Czech Republic -- Czech mobile
service provider EuroTel Praha today announced that in December
it set another Czech record by adding 120,000 customers in a
single month, ending 1999 with 1,070,000 customers.

"We estimate that there will be well above three million mobile
phone users in the Czech Republic at the end of the year
2000," said EuroTel CEO Ed Kingman. "EuroTel's past
year's results, superior network and customer care levels, and
innovative services such as the country's only Internet access using
Wireless Application Protocol, will help EuroTel maintain its
leadership position in the market."

Mobile phones for EuroTel's networks were available in 55
company-owned stores, as well as 6,335 affiliated stores and
stands, during the Christmas shopping period. In addition, phones
were sold directly to households by more than 19,000 sales
representatives of partner companies.

"We try to be as close to our customers as possible,"
said Kingman.

EuroTel customers rang in the New Year in record numbers,
making 522,000 calls -- representing about one half the company's
subscribers -- during the first 15 minutes of the new millennium.

"We once again proved EuroTel can deliver the kind of quality
and capacity our customers demand as we successfully handled
1,500% more calls than a normal, full busy hour," said

EuroTel Praha Ltd is the Czech Republic's largest wireless service
provider with more than 1,070,000 customers. EuroTel's high
quality GSM and T!P mobile phone networks cover a territory with
99 percent of the Czech Republic's 10 million people.

EuroTel Praha is a joint venture of SPT Telecom Inc. (51%) and
Atlantic West B.V. (49%). Atlantic West B.V. is equally owned by
Bell Atlantic (NYSE:BEL) and MediaOne International, which is a
part of MediaOne Group (NYSE:UMG).