News Release

Bell Atlantic Mobile Acquires Wireless Property in South Carolina

Company Extends Southeast Service Territory To Include Hilton Head Region

February 1, 1999

Andrea Linskey
908-306-7845
alinskey@mobile.bam.com
Julie Horton
864-672-5565

GREENVILLE, SC — Bell Atlantic Mobile today announced its has acquired the cellular service market designated South Carolina-8 from South Carolina Cellular Corporation. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition represents an additional 187,500 POPs (potential customers) and expands the company's service geography by more than 2,800 square-miles. The RSA encompasses Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties, extending Bell Atlantic Mobile's service territory to the state's southern shore.

"This acquisition is consistent with Bell Atlantic Mobile's continuing strategy to increase our leadership position while growing our service geography in the Southeast," said Jerry Fountain, vice president -Southeast region "With this addition we've extended our South Carolina footprint and now serve the popular resort community of Hilton Head Island."

Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the East, covering 116,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 5.9 million customers and 7,500 employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at Work" community service program, the company uses its technology to help individuals and communities improve security and emergency communications. Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent is one of the world's largest wireless communications companies, with domestic operations in 25 states and international investments in Mexico, Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic Mobile visit: www.bam.com; on global operations visit: www.bellatlantic.com/worldwide.

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