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BELL ATLANTIC AUSTRALIAN JOINT VENTURE WINS QUEENSLAND TELECOM CONTRACT

BELL ATLANTIC AUSTRALIAN JOINT VENTURE WINS QUEENSLAND TELECOM CONTRACT
 ARLINGTON, Va., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell Atlantic (NYSE: BEL) has taken a major step into the Australian telecom market with the announcement today that its joint venture company, Pacific Star Communications, has won a five-year contract to manage the Queensland state government communications network.
 Pacific Star, a joint venture between Bell Atlantic and Telecom Corporation of New Zealand (TCNZ), will manage the facilities of the existing government networks, providing the link between the various state government agencies in Queensland and the telecommunications carriers supplying those agencies.
 The services Pacific Star will provide include facilities management, brokerage and agency billing. Pacific Star expects the contract will result in a 20 percent reduction in the Queensland Government's $A100 million ($US 75 million) a year telecommunications expenditure.
 "We are delighted with this significant step into an exciting and growing competitive market," said Bob Donaldson, managing director of Pacific Star Communications.
 "Both Bell Atlantic and Telecom New Zealand operate state-of-the-art communications networks that offer their customers a broad range of capabilities. Through that joint venture, Pacific Star has demonstrated our proven experience in managing network services. Winning this contract heralds a bright and challenging future for our activities in Australia."
 Donaldson said there was a significant demand in Australia for the kinds of facilities management services Pacific Star could offer, within the state and federal governments and large corporations. He added that these organizations are keen to take advantage of the newly competitive environment.
 Pacific Star is also bidding for a contract to build and manage the New South Wales state government network.
 "The amount of business we will be managing for the Queensland Government is significant -- around $A100 million worth of services to about 60,000 users. This is definitely a most prestigious contract to win, and requires little capital investment from us," said Donaldson.
 Pacific Star is working with Australian industry on the contract. The Australian companies involved will provide systems integration, software development and local market expertise.
 "Through TCNZ and Bell Atlantic, Pacific Star has both a broad range of experience in serving government telecommunications needs and the capability and determination to address the challenges and opportunities currently facing the Australian telecommunications industry," Donaldson said.
 Bell Atlantic Corporation, based in Philadelphia, is the parent company of New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone (Delaware) and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
 Bell Atlantic also is the parent of one of the largest U.S. cellular telephone carriers and of companies that provide business systems services for customer-based information technology, including software, systems integration, hardware and software service and support, and financial services, throh?out the United States and internationally.
 Bell Atlantic International, Inc. markets a broad range of network management systems, data communications products and services, and telecommunications consulting and systems integration services throughout the world.
 In addition, Bell Atlantic International, Inc. co-owns a majority interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and holds an interest in a joint venture that owns and operates the cellular mobile and packet data networks in Czechoslovakia.
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 /CONTACT: Stacey Mironov of Bell Atlantic, 215-963-6770; or Bob Donaldson of Pacific Star in Sydney, 011-612-239-5666; or Debra Sturm of Telecom New Zealand International in Wellington, 011-644-498-9016/
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