FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Represents World's Largest Wireless Digital Data Network
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, October 12, 1998 -- The North American GSM Alliance LLC, a group of U.S. and Canadian digital wireless Personal Communications Services (PCS) carriers, today said that Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) wireless data service now reaches a potential population of nearly 140 million people in North America.
"GSM operators were the first to provide all digital wireless data services throughout their entire deployed networks. These companies continue to be leaders in enabling customers to transmit and receive data over their wireless phones," said GSM Alliance Chairman and President and CEO of Aerial Communications Don Warkentin. "Virtually every make and model of GSM phone on the market today is data capable. If you add in the more than 100 devices and software programs that are GSM-compatible, there's no question of the wide-spread, proven ability of our data services."
Warkentin added that with more than 100 million customers in 110 countries, GSM service providers form the world's largest wireless digital data network. Customers are able to have wireless global data computing capabilities that include sending and receiving E-mail and faxes, secure LAN and intranet access, as well as web browsing, mobile vending and smart message serviced capabilities. While other digital technologies are finally introducing data capabilities, GSM companies are enhancing its proven, superior data products and services.
"GSM offers an unprecedented array of devices and capabilities unmatched by other technologies," Warkentin said. "From laptop data cards to snap-on adapters for Palm Pilots to advanced data communication handsets, like the Nokia 9000il, GSM customers already have data access and can look forward to an even more exciting future."
"As part of the Mobile Data Initiative and Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Intel has initiated a cross industry collaboration to provide complete, easy-to-use solutions for wireless data communications between mobile devices," said Robert Jecmen, Intel vice president and general manager, Mobile and Handheld Products Group. "We applaud the GSM Alliance commitment to make wireless data services available in North America. This will extend the GSM networks global footprint and provide better access for cellular phone and mobile PC users to their information while traveling."
Six GSM Alliance companies: Aerial Communications, BellSouth Mobility DCS, Microcell Telecommunications, Inc., Omnipoint, Pacific Bell Wireless, and Western Wireless, all offer customers a variety of data services as a means of adding value to their product lines. Powertel is expected to launch its wireless data services soon.
In addition, Warkentin said two new technologies, High Speed Circuit-Switched Data (HSCSD) and General Packet-Switched Data for GSM (GPRS) will bring multiple benefits as they mature. Early next year, HSCSD will extend single-channel data-transfer rates to 14.4 Kbps and provide the ability to use two channels simultaneously, which will double transfer speeds to 28.8 Kbps.
Warkentin added that when GSM is fully deployed in the United States, customers will be able to use their wireless service to do such things as home banking, electronic-commerce, and online trading applications. Database applications for businesses are expected to increase significantly as mobile workers access their company's Intranet.
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 more than 2 million 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; Iowa Wireless Services, L.P.; Microcell Telecommunications Inc.; NPI Wireless; Omnipoint Communications LLC; Pacific Bell Wireless; Powertel, Inc.; Western Total Communications; 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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