News Release

Bell Atlantic Welcomes Mannesman-Olivetti Relationship

September 4, 1997

Steve Fleischer
1-800-381-8398 (pager)
David Frail
212-395-0500

BEDMINSTER, NJ — 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.

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