Introducing The Ovations New Award Will Honor Service Provider Executives for Leadership Excellence

WASHINGTON, D.C., – October 15, 1999 – A unique, new award program designed to honor the leaders of service provider innovation has been announced by tele.com magazine and ComNet Expo. The inaugural Ovations honors will be presented at ComNet 2000 in January to recognize individual achievements in technology, products, services, business, and legislative policy. Ten winners will be selected by a panel of judges and tele.com editors from nominations made by the public.

The inaugural Ovations ceremonies will be held Tuesday evening, January 25 during ComNet 2000, the industry's premier networking communications technology conference and exposition. ComNet runs January 25, 26 and 27, 2000 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center.

Ovation honors will be presented in these categories:

Technology

* Access Network Design & Engineering

* Backbone Network Design & Engineering

* Operations

* Mobile Network Design & Engineering

Business

* Consumer Services

* Business Services

* Business Development

* Customer Service/Customer Care

Leadership

* Community Services

* Policy Innovation

In addition, an Innovator 2000 award will be given to the service provider professional whose work has showcased strategic and business leadership, vision, and innovation in the past year.

"As the premier event for the converging networking and communications industries, ComNet is the perfect venue for recognizing Service Provider innovations', said Don Berey, ComNet Show Director. "The Service Provider sector is a very important sector of ComNet so we are delighted to be joining the premier publication for the service provider industry in co-sponsoring this prestigious annual award."

"Service Providers are increasingly faced with such rampant changes and challenges that their ability to roll out innovative business and technology solutions deserves to be celebrated," said Laurel Nelson-Rowe, tele.com publisher. "ComNet's ongoing efforts to stress the importance of the critical Service Provider sector coincides with tele.com's mission to create a comprehensive information platform for today's service provider community."

Nomination forms and additional information on the program and award categories are available online at www.teledotcom.com/ovations. Nominations can also be made directly to tele.com editors. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 30, 1999.

tele.com

tele.com is the only publication delivering comprehensive, global coverage of the business

and technology issues facing Next-Generation Network Service Providers. The magazine's

circulation spans more than 73,500 managers at all types of network services providers and

operators worldwide. The tele.com Web site is http://www.teledotcom.com.

ComNet

ComNet, produced by IDG Expo Management Company, is the largest technology conference and exposition dedicated to global communications networks. In the year 2000, more than 450 manufacturers and suppliers of networking and communications hardware, software, services, and solutions will participate in ComNet. ComNet attracts the planners, builders and buyers of communications networks, both public and private. Founded in 1977, ComNet/Washington, D.C. has served the IT market for two decades as the premiere information source for networking professionals. ComNet/D.C. will be held at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center, January 25-27, 2000. For more information on ComNet, call 800-545-EXPO or visit www.comnetexpo.com

About IDG Expo Management Company

Headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, IDG Expo Management Company is a premium producer and manager of exposition and conference events that shape the IT marketplace. IDG Expo Management Company is an affiliate of the International Data Group (IDG) family of companies. IDG Expo-produced events include the MACWORLD Expos in New York and San Francisco; ComNet in Washington, D.C. and E3 -the Electronic Entertainment Expo produced for the Interactive Digital Software Association (IDSA). Each year, more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and more than 250,000 IT professionals attend IDG's U.S. events to buy, sell, learn about and influence the IT purchasing agenda. IDG Expo Management Company was founded in 1979 as Mitch Hall Associates. For more information, please call 781-551-9800 or visit the company's Web site at www.idgexpos.com .