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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 5, 1999 - The North American GSM Alliance LLC announced today that it recently participated as the guest of British Trade International in its Networks-Telecom bilateral trade initiative in Birmingham England. Michael T. Houghton, representing the GSM Alliance, attended the world-wide trade development program jointly sponsored by the British Department of Trade and Industry and the U.K. Telecommunications Industry Association.

The three-day program included the Networks Telecom trade show (UK's premier international telecommunications event attracting more than 20,000 communications professionals), Computer Telephony Expo 99, selective meetings with key U.K. business firms, and a VIP export reception/dinner.

"Our goal is to bring telecommunications industry leaders and representatives from countries around the world together with British industry to encourage and promote business relationships," said Paul M. Klein, Vice Consul for telecommunications trade development with the British Consulate-General in Boston. "As the U.K. leads the U.S. in per capita use of wireless telecommunications and in the deployment of advanced wireless data and E-commerce technologies, we decided to host a representative of the GSM Alliance to promote business development between U.S. wireless operators and U.K. wireless data companies."

"This trip was extremely worthwhile on several levels," said Houghton. "In today's global marketplace, it is very important and valuable for American companies to have such an opportunity to dialogue and pursue business opportunities with companies from abroad."

The North American GSM Alliance LLC, is a group of 17 wireless telephone companies that provide the world's fastest growing digital technology, Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications, to more than 4 million customers across the United States and Canada. Worldwide, there are now more than 170 million GSM customers in 133 countries.

"By using a GSM world phone, I was able for the first time to bring my local wireless telephone service with me to the U.K.," explained Houghton. "The global use of GSM phones demonstrate how the telecommunications world is dramatically changing and transcending borders. Trade initiatives, such as this one, are a great enabler for U.K. and American businesses."

The North American GSM Alliance L.L.C. is a group of North America's leading digital wireless Personal Communication Services companies that use Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications. GSM is the world's fastest-growing wireless digital technology. It enables Alliance companies to provide superior voice clarity, unparalleled security and leading-edge wireless voice, data and fax features for customers, whether at home, away or abroad.

GSM Alliance members include: Aerial Communications, Inc., Airadigm Communications, Inc.; BellSouth Mobility DCS; Conestoga Wireless Company; Cook Inlet PCS; DIGIPH PCS; Iowa Wireless Services, LP; Microcell Telecommunications Inc.; NPI Wireless; Omnipoint Communications LLC; Pacific Bell Wireless; Powertel, Inc.; STPCS Joint Venture, LLC; TWS, Inc.; Western Total Communications; VoiceStream Wireless Corp.; and Wireless 2000 PCS. The GSM Alliance works in cooperation with North American GSM equipment manufacturers: Siemens, Motorola, Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks, Nokia and Ericsson.

For Further Information, Contact:

Mike Houghton
(703) 799-7383
[email protected]

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