News Release

Telestet Aids Greek Earthquake Victims

September 9, 1999

Deppie Houliarakis
Stet Hellas
011-301-618-6160

Athens, Greece — Employees of Bell Atlantic's Greek wireless service provider Telestet today took time to express their sympathy and condolences to victims and to the families of those lost in last week's tragic earthquake.

The company expressed thanks to the state government and rescue teams for their prompt response and monumental efforts.

Wireless networks became capacity-strained in the aftermath of powerful quakes and aftershocks, though Telestet's wireless network remained intact. Wireless traffic levels rose 2,300% in some areas just minutes after the quake hit on September 7 as Greek residents abandoned homes and businesses and sought out family and friends through wireless networks.

Telestet apologizes for any inconvenience to its customers and is working 'round the clock to ensure continuous operation and peak capacity. The company already has proposals before the government to improve capacity during such national emergencies.

Representatives from Telestet are distributing more than 1,000 B- free pre-paid handsets with free airtime, and have deployed two mobile base stations in the areas of A.Liossia and Kamatero to enhance coverage.

Telestet also provided government minister Mandelis with four Iridium satellite phones and 25 B-free phones with free airtime for use by rescue units.

During the next few days, Telestet will also hold a telethon to raise money to aid earthquake victims.

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