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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
"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
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.