SOURCE: D & E Communications, Inc.

April 19, 2005 16:15 ET

D&E Communications Renews Contract to Provide Technology Services to Wawa Convenience Store Chain

EPHRATA, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 19, 2005 -- D&E Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: DECC) will continue providing technology services for more than 550 Wawa convenience stores in five mid-Atlantic states, after renewing its contract this month.

D&E's office in King of Prussia has been providing technology services to the Wawa chain since 1987. The most recent contract extension continues this relationship through March 2006.

With a team of employees dedicated to meeting Wawa's technology needs, D&E provides support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The company supports a variety of technology applications, including point-of-sale terminals (cash registers), customer activated touch screens used in the foodservice area, electronic safes, money order machines, servers and control units. D&E also services the communication links between gas pumps and registers and back-office servers. The company works with Wawa on store openings and projects such as upgrading servers at its stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

"D&E enables us to simplify our store associates' lives by providing high quality technology support. We have worked with D&E to modify our support processes to get the problem fixed right the first time. D&E's commitment to our service level agreements ensures we are on top of any problems in our stores," said John C. Baldino, Director, IT Business Solutions for Wawa. "D&E has proven to be a strong partner in providing us with the technology support we need to grow our business, and the service we need to operate efficiently."

"We are pleased to continue our longstanding work with Wawa, whose stores offer customers exceptional convenience, quality and service," said James W. Morozzi, Chief Executive Officer of D&E. "To support their work, we focus on reliability. Our employee team is dedicated to providing the latest technology and the assurance of 'round-the-clock service to Wawa stores throughout the mid-Atlantic region."

D&E is an integrated communications provider offering high-speed data, Internet access, local and long distance telephone, voice and data networking, network management and security, and video services. Based in Lancaster County, D&E has been serving communities in central Pennsylvania for more than 100 years. For more information, visit

This press release may contain forward-looking statements. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of D&E's management concerning the development of our business, are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and other important factors that could cause actual developments and results to differ materially from our expectations. These include factors that we have indicated could adversely affect our business and financial performance contained in our past and future filings and reports, including those filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. D&E undertakes no obligation to revise or update its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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