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BellSouth `MIX' Receives Prestigious InfoVision Award.

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CHICAGO & ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 31, 2001

International Engineering Consortium's InfoVision Awards Recognize

Information Industry's Most Original Products of 2000

BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) today received the International Engineering Consortium's prestigious InfoVision Award in the "Internet" category at the National Communications Forum in Chicago, IL.

The award was presented to BellSouth for the BellSouth Multimedia Internet Exchange (BellSouth MIX)(sm), the company's state-of-the-art, optically-switched public Network Access Point (NAP) and private Internet Exchange located in Miami, FL.

"The BellSouth MIX is the industry's most advanced Internet Exchange in the country," said Ralph de la Vega, president of BellSouth Broadband and Internet Services. "It provides a survivable, highly flexible-bandwidth infrastructure for customers to easily and conveniently exchange Internet traffic between Internet providers and businesses with high-bandwidth demands, providing greater broadband capabilities for the South Florida region and beyond. We're pleased that the International Engineering Consortium has recognized our innovative approach to building this gateway to the international and domestic Internet communities and providing customers with unmatched capabilities."

"The InfoVision Awards are committed to recognizing and applauding those companies that not only strive for and achieve excellence, but also whose vision results in a positive impact on the growth and advancement of the industry," says John Janowiak, IEC Senior Director. "The BellSouth Multimedia Internet Exchange has achieved a level of excellence well deserving of this recognition."

The InfoVision Awards program was established to recognize technologies, applications, products and services judged to be the most unique and beneficial to the industry. The Awards also honor corporations and individuals for innovative contributions and developments that have proven important to society. Award winners are selected from hundreds of nominees based on the following criteria: innovation, uniqueness, market impact, customer benefits and value to society. (For more information about the IEC InfoVision awards, go to http://www.iec.org/events/2001/ncf/2001award_winners.html).

BellSouth was recognized today during the IEC's annual event, the National Communications Forum (NCF), which began October 29 and continues through November 1 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont in Chicago, Illinois.

The BellSouth MIX (www.bellsouthmix.com) is a carrier-neutral, optically-switched NAP that provides rapid service provisioning and greatly improves the transmission and exchange of Internet data between major Internet Service Providers (ISPs), backbone carriers and international access facilities located in the South Florida region. The BellSouth MIX provides a foundation for a next-generation Internet infrastructure supporting the bandwidth needs of Internet services companies and emerging broadband product offerings, and establishes a beachhead for Internet development. The BellSouth MIX features a unique, wide area metropolitan network architecture comprised of four major access facilities located in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. This multi nodal, carrier and route-diverse design approach provides a formidable defense against service disruptions and severe weather, including hurricanes.

About BellSouth Corporation

BellSouth Corporation is a Fortune 100 communications services company headquartered in Atlanta, GA, serving nearly 46 million customers in the United States and 16 other countries.

Consistently recognized for customer satisfaction, BellSouth provides a full array of broadband data and e-commerce solutions to business customers, including Web hosting and other Internet services. In the residential market, BellSouth offers DSL high-speed Internet access, advanced voice features and other services. BellSouth also provides online and directory advertising services, including BellSouth(R) Real PagesSM.com.

BellSouth owns 40 percent of Cingular Wireless, the nation's second largest wireless company, which provides innovative wireless data and voice services.
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