September 11, 1998
Bob Brown Named Secretary/Treasurer
CHICAGO, IL, September 11,1998 - The North American GSM Alliance L.L.C. announced today that Don Warkentin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aerial Communications, Inc., has been re-elected Chairman of the Alliance. In addition, Bob Brown, Director of the GSM Alliance, was named to serve as the group's Secretary and Treasurer.
"I am honored to serve a second term as chairman of the Alliance, and look forward to an exciting year," said Warkentin. "The Alliance has made considerable progress in its first full year of operations while building the framework that will help us achieve our stated goals of national prominence and coverage."
The GSM Alliance now includes 13 North American GSM wireless operators which provide commercial service to more than 2 million customers in 1,545 cities in 41 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and four Canadian provinces.
"When the Alliance was formed in August of 1997, it had seven founding member companies," Warkentin said. "Since that time, we have nearly doubled the size of the membership and continue to reach out to other members of the North American GSM community."
Alliance "branding" begins
An Alliance logo was developed and is being used more extensively among member companies. Currently all Alliance members use the logo in some format, such as advertising or packaging.
Using the Alliance logo in conjunction with the member company's own brand underscores consumer awareness of GSM's quickly expanding reach throughout the North American continent, its worldwide dominance, and the quality of service it denotes, according to Warkentin.
The Alliance most recently also highlighted the face that GSM is the only technology currently capable of delivering the "World Phone," capable of operating on multiple frequency bands throughout the globe.
Alliance website launched; voice being heard.
The Alliance is gaining prominence in the legislative and regulatory arenas as an advocate for its members and the GSM technology. While heavily outspent in these areas, the Alliance has nonetheless made progress through a general program to educate and inform the Washington legislative and regulatory audiences about the group and its GSM technology and issues, including third generation standards.
"We continue to work on these and many other fronts to advance the collective interests of our member companies as well as to solidify GSM as the preferred choice of consumers in North America," Warkentin said. "Many of these accomplishments are the result of efforts of either the group or individual companies acting on the Alliance's behalf, for the Alliance has limited resources. Indeed, we have only one dedicated staff member, but that person has played a key role in the past 12 months in advancing the Alliance's agenda.
"As director of the Alliance, Bob Brown has worked diligently behind the scenes to ensure the group's success. I'm pleased that the GSM Alliance has recognized his efforts by naming him as the group's secretary/treasurer," Warkentin said.
North American GSM operators, in addition to investing billions of dollars to establish their networks and launch their services, have created 11,755 new direct jobs, with an estimated additional 30,000 new employees involved in service, manufacturing and associated jobs. GSM carriers in North America have built about 8,650 cell sites in little more than two years (It took the entire U.S cellular industry nine years to reach that number when they built out their networks).
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 more than 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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