FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 1998
CHICAGO, IL., Monday, July 6, 1998 - The North American GSM Alliance LLC, a group including 12 U.S. and one Canadian digital wireless Personal Communications Services (PCS) carriers, recently applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and U.S. State Department for submitting multiple proposals to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for review as potential Third Generation wireless standards.
"Once again, the U.S. government has made the right pro-competitive choice for American wireless customers and companies," said GSM Alliance Chairman Don Warkentin, President & Chief Executive Officer of Aerial Communications. "The American consumer will benefit with higher quality service, increased capabilities and lower prices. Technological diversity has -- and will -- continue to foster variety in service offerings, allowing customers, not the government, to determine which is the best Third Generation technology."
The ITU, a part of the United Nations, is coordinating the process to establish a family of global Third Generation standards. The organization is seeking to establish standards and specifications that will allow global roaming, including high-speed data and Internet access, full-motion video and other sophisticated multi-media services.
"The U.S. decision to submit multiple standards proposals and let the marketplace decide, supports the best interests of wireless service providers, manufacturers, vendors, employees and most importantly, customers throughout North America," Warkentin said.
GSM active markets serve more than 2 million customers in nearly 1,500 cities in 41 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and four Canadian provinces. GSM operators, in addition to investing billions of dollars to establish their networks and launch their services, have created nearly 8,000 new direct jobs, with an estimated additional 20,000 new employees involved in service, manufacturing and associated jobs.
The GSM Alliance, L.L.C. is a group of U.S. and Canadian digital wireless PCS carriers, which helps provide seamless wireless communications for their customers, whether at home, in nearly 1,500 U.S. and Canadian cities and towns, or abroad. Using Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications, GSM companies provide superior voice clarity, unparalleled security and leading-edge wireless voice, data and fax features for customers.
GSM Alliance members include: Aerial Communications, Inc., Airadigm Communications, Inc.; BellSouth Mobility DCS; Conestoga Wireless Company; Cook Inlet PCS; DIGIPH PCS; Microcell Telecommunications Inc.; NPI Wireless; Omnipoint Communications LLC; Pacific Bell Mobile Services; Powertel, Inc.; Western Wireless Corp.; and Wireless 2000 PCS. The GSM Alliance works in cooperation with North American GSM equipment manufacturers: Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, Nortel and Siemens.
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