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Aerial Communications (NASDAQ: AERL) is headquartered in Chicago and holds licenses to provide PCS service in areas covering 27.6 million of the U.S. population. Aerial markets include Columbus, Ohio; Houston, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Tampa/Orlando/St. Petersburg. Aerial is owned by Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., Sonera Ltd. and public shareholders. Aerial's web site is www.aerial1.com. Aerial President and CEO Don Warkentin serves as Chairman of the North American GSM Alliance L.L.C.
Airadigm Communications, Inc., headquartered in Little Chute, Wisconsin, and operating under the brand name Einstein PCS -- was the first of the FCC's "entrepreneur" -- or C-Block -- licenses to turn up its network, launching GSM service in March, 1997. Airadigm's service areas -- with total POPs of 3.5 million -- include Green Bay, Appleton/Oshkosh, Marinette, Fond du Lac, Madison, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Stevens Point, Wausau/Rhinelander, Janesville/Beloit, Eau Claire and La Crosse as well as Dubuque, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
BellSouth Mobility DCS is a subsidiary of BellSouth Corporation, the world's wireless leader. The company operates its PCS network in Eastern Tennessee and Eastern Georgia; and in the Carolinas with partners DukeNet, a subsidiary of Duke power; CaroNet, a subsidiary of Carolina Power & Light; Cook Inlet Region, Inc., and 30 independent telephone companies. The BellSouth Mobility DCS license area covers a total population of more than 13 million. BellSouth Corporation is a $22 billion communications company providing telecommunications, wireless communications, directory advertising and publishing, video, Internet, and information services to more than 33 million customers in 19 countries worldwide.
Conestoga Wireless Company, headquartered in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, began commercial operation May 1, 1998, of its wireless digital PCS system in Berks, Union, Snyder, Northumberland and Montour counties in Pennsylvania. The Company has license areas totaling 838,466 POPs and is initially targeting the communities in, or surrounding, the service territories of Conestoga Telephone and Buffalo Valley Telephone companies.
Cook Inlet PCS is a partnership of Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI), Western Wireless Corp. and other communications investors. Operating under the brand name, VoiceStream® Wireless, Cook Inlet currently provides service in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cook Inlet Region Inc., the general partner, is one of 12 Alaska-based regional corporations established by Congress under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971. It is owned by approximately 6,900 Alaska Native shareholders. Western Wireless Corp, the limited partner, provides cellular and PCS service throughout the western United States and Hawaii. The Cook Inlet PCS partnership has purchased PCS licenses to serve over 11 million C and F block POPs.
DIGIPH PCS, headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, provides PCS service across the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. These markets include Mobile, Alabama, Biloxi and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as well as Pensacola and Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Through a strong strategic initiative, DIGIPH PCS was the first provider to offer the benefits of PCS service throughout the highly traveled and rapidly growing Gulf Coast. DIGIPH PCS is licensed by the FCC to provide PCS service across eight BTAs covering a population of 2.2 million.
Iowa Wireless Services L.P. headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, holds licenses to provide PCS services in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, South Dakota and Wisconsin, covering 2.3 million of the population. In launching its PCS service, Iowa Wireless Services will provide a full range of features including caller ID, text messaging, smart cards and over-the-air activation.
Microcell Telecommunications Inc. is a public Canadian company that was awarded one of two national 30 MHz PCS operating licences in Canada. The company is made up of four independent subsidiaries that operate under a single management company. These subsidiaries are: Microcell Connexions, responsible for network deployment, operations and wholesaling; Microcell Solutions, national provider of PCS services under the Fido® brand name; Microcell Labs, a PCS research centre; and Microcell Capital, a venture-capital company operating in the PCS sector. Microcell launched its Fido Service in Montréal in November 1996.
NPI Wireless, a division of Noverr Publishing Inc, was the first company to provide digital PCS in Michigan. Headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, NPI Wireless provides service in two PCS license areas with a combined population size of 315,600.
Omnipoint Communications, Inc. is a subsidiary of Omnipoint Corporation. Founded in 1987, the parent company is a leader in commercializing PCS. Omnipoint currently provides advanced wireless communications services in much of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and southern Florida. It intends to provide those services in additional areas. The company also develops technology and equipment for PCS and wireless local loop. The company's stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market. Its trading symbol is OMPT.
Pacific Bell Wireless is a subsidiary of SBC Communications Inc. (www.sbc.com), a global leader in the telecommunications industry, with more than 36.9 million access lines and over 6.5 million wireless customers across the United States, as well as investments in telecommunications businesses in 11 countries. Under the Pacific Bell, Nevada Bell, SNET, Southwestern Bell and Cellular One brands, SBC, through its subsidiaries, offers a wide range of innovative services. SBC offers local and long-distance telephone service, wireless communications, data communications, paging, Internet access, and messaging, as well as telecommunications equipment and directory advertising and publishing. SBC has approximately 129,000 employees and its annual revenues rank it in the top 50 among Fortune 500 companies.
Powertel, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTEL) is the leading wireless Personal Communications Service (PCS) provider serving the southeastern United States. The Company is licensed to provide wireless PCS services in 12 states to a population of more than 24 million people in major cities including Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Jackson, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Lexington, Louisville, Macon, Memphis, Nashville and Savannah. With PCS service in 28 cities and along major connecting highway corridors spanning seven states, Powertel has the largest contiguous PCS network in the southeastern United States.
STPCS Joint Venture, LLC, a joint venture between AmeriCall International LLC and Western PCS Corporation, will market its personal communications services (PCS) throughout its D and F block licenses in South West Texas as SOL Communications. The joint venture will cover a combined population of about two million people in the South Texas markets of Victoria, Corpus Christi, Brownsville-Harlingen, McAllen, Laredo, and Eagle Pass-Del Rio.
TWS, Inc. is one of the nation's leading telecom software development, distribution and consulting companies in the field of emerging wireless telecommunication services including cellular, PCS and paging technologies. TWS' bulletIN™ technology is a complete messaging solution that allows a network operator to forward information from the Internet or corporate LAN to a subscriber's wireless phone. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, TWS currently supplies bulletIN to BellSouth Mobility DCS and Vodafone. TWS is creating a network operations company that will be responsible for investing in and managing wireless, long distance and Internet networks globally.
Western Total Communications provides paging and communications services in Western Nebraska, Eastern Wyoming, and Northeastern Colorado. The Company intends to significantly expand its service offerings to include PCS Wireless Local Loop (WLL), monitoring, data collection and distribution, meter reading and mobile personal communications services (PCS) across a broad contiguous region. Western Total Communications owns 3 PCS BTA licenses (one C Block and two F Block) covering approximately 138,600 persons, primarily in western Nebraska.
VoiceStream Wireless Corporation Based in Bellevue, Wash., VoiceStream Wireless Corp. is a leading provider of wireless communications services in the western United States. VoiceStream Wireless provides personal communications service using the globally dominant GSM technology in eleven U.S. markets. In conjunction with joint ventures, VoiceStream provides PCS service in four additional markets.
Wireless 2000 PCS is marketed by Third Kentucky Cellular Corp. and is headquartered in Corbin, Kentucky. Wireless 2000 PCS launched commercial service last September in the Corbin, Williamsburg and London, KY markets. The population size for Wireless 2000 PCS' license areas is 360,000.