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GTE Selects FORE Systems As "Best In Class" Supplier For End-To-End Data Networking Solutions


Pittsburgh, PA - April 20, 1999 - FORE Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORE), a leading global supplier of advanced networking solutions, announced today that it has been selected by GTE as a "Best in Class" supplier for end-to-end data networking solutions for 1998. The award was given at GTE's "Suppliers of Excellence" ceremonies, which is held annually as part of GTE's Partners in Quality program.

"Through GTE's Partners in Quality evaluation process, we ensure a top-level quality commitment and open, two-way communication between our company and our suppliers," said Larry Henry, vice president and general manager-GTE Supply. "Our Suppliers of Excellence awards recognize those suppliers who consistently help us meet our competitive challenges and provide us with outstanding value."

GTE evaluates its suppliers on their ability to deliver on time, provide competitive prices and superior value, offer high quality customer service, and provide top-quality products and services. Using these criteria, 60 "Suppliers of Excellence" were identified from more than a thousand suppliers worldwide who provide products and services to GTE, and from this list, 10 were selected as "Best in Class."

"We strive to create a sense of teamwork and continuous improvement between GTE and its suppliers," added Henry. "Strong supply-chain management relationships enable us to meet our customers expectations and thrive in today's ever-changing telecommunications environment."

"GTE is a very important partner for us. They have been instrumental in our achieving a significant presence in large enterprise and emerging IP service provider networks," added Joe Pajer, vice president of marketing for FORE's Network Systems Business Unit. "We sincerely appreciate GTE's recognition that FORE's products, training and programs are best in class, and that FORE is one of GTE's top channel partners."

About GTE

With 1998 revenues of more than $25 billion, GTE is one of the world's largest telecommunication companies and a leading provider of integrated telecommunication services. In the United States, GTE provides local service in 28 states and wireless service in 17 states; nationwide long-distance and internetworking services ranging from dial-up Internet access for residential and small-business consumers to Web-based applications for Fortune 500 companies; as well as video service in selected markets.

About FORE Systems

FORE Systems is a leading global supplier of high performance networking solutions. FORE's Networks of Steel(TM) deliver the increased capacity, resiliency and scalability necessary to build networks that last. Thousands of enterprise and service provider customers worldwide have put FORE Systems solutions at the heart of their networks.

For more information on FORE's Networks of Steel, call (888) 404-0444.

This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to products, partners, customers, future growth and other matters. Please refer to the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by FORE Systems with the Securities and Exchange Commission in June, 1998, and the Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed by FORE Systems in August, 1998, November, 1998, and February, 1999, for a discussion of risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements.


FORE Systems Editorial Contact
Adam Boone
Public Relations
Phone:724 742-7518
Fax: 724 742-7742
Email: aboone@fore.com


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