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BELL ATLANTIC BUILDING TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S SAVANNAH RIVER SITE

 WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Westinghouse Savannah River Company (WSRC) has chosen Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL) to design, install and maintain an integrated telecommunications system serving the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C.
 The project marks Bell Atlantic's largest federal government contract outside its mid-Atlantic operating region.
 The contract, worth $78.9 million over seven years with three additional one-year options, will provide the 310-square-mile Savannah River Site with a fully digital telecommunications system. In addition, Bell Atlantic will install an inter-area fiber-optic network throughout the site, which processes tritium and other nuclear materials for the government.
 A new telecommunications system has been under discussion at the Savannah River Site since the early 1980s. WSRC competitively solicited the contract to comply with the Federal Competition and Contracting Act of 1984.
 The contract calls for Bell Atlantic to replace, in its entirety, the existing leased telecommunications system on the site. The replacement system will offer improved service and increase reliability through the use of state-of-the-art telecommunications technology. New features of the system will enhance the effectiveness of site personnel, as well as provide network operations personnel with improved and more efficient network management.
 Bell Atlantic will team with AT&T for digital switching equipment and associated cabling, while SONEX Enterprises will provide quality assurance for the project. Various other Bell Atlantic subsidiaries will supply telecommunications personnel, training and testing for implementation of the system. The new system is expected to be fully operational by the summer of 1995.
 "We're very pleased to have been awarded this contract and intend to meet our customer's needs with best-value solutions and outstanding service over the life of this agreement," said Tony Murray, president of Bell Atlantic Federal Systems. "We will also continue to seek other opportunities to meet the communications and information technology needs of our federal government on a national level."
 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., companies that provide a full array of telecommunications services in the mid- Atlantic region.
 Bell Atlantic also is the parent of one of the nation's largest cellular carriers and of companies that provide software, systems integration, hardware and software service and support, and financial services throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, Bell Atlantic International offers network services and consulting to telephone authorities throughout the world and owns an interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand.
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 /CONTACT: David Pacholoczyk of Bell Atlantic Network Services, 410-393-7109/
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CO: Bell Atlantic Corporation; U.S. Department of Energy; Westinghouse
 Savannah River Company ST: Pennsylvania, South Carolina IN: TLS SU: CON


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