FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 1998
GSM Service Footprint Continues to Expand Across North America
BOSTON, MA, November 9, 1998 - The North American GSM Alliance LLC announced today the addition of two new member companies, Iowa Wireless Services LP (IWS), and Western Total Communications.
A group of U.S. and Canadian digital wireless Personal Communication Service carriers that use Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications digital wireless technology, the North American GSM Alliance has more than doubled in size the past six months and now has 15 member companies.
The GSM Alliance advances the commercial efforts of its members as well as helping to extend GSM's seamless, wireless communications to customers across North America. There are now more than 2.3 million GSM customers in nearly 2,400 cities in 42 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and four Canadian provinces.
"We're pleased to welcome Iowa Wireless Services and Western Total Communications as our newest members, and believe that the addition of these two new companies highlight the Alliance's expanding North American footprint and its growing success in advancing the interests of its member companies," said Don Warkentin, GSM Alliance Chairman and President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aerial Communications, Inc.
Iowa Wireless Services L.P. (IWS), 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, IWS will provide a full range of features including caller ID, text messaging, smart cards and over-the-air activation.
"Membership in the GSM Alliance strengthens our ability to provide superior service and competitive pricing to our customers," Iowa Wireless Services LP President and CEO Chuck Scott. "It enables our customers to experience the same superior voice clarity, unparalleled security and wireless voice, data and fax capabilities whether at home or away."
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. WTC owns 3 PCS BTA licenses (one C Block and two F Block) covering approximately 138,600 persons (pops), primarily in western Nebraska.
"Our primary reason for joining the Alliance was the value-add it will bring to our customers," said Western Total Communication President Michael J. Tracy. "It gives us the flexibility to meet the local needs of our customers while giving them access to both a national and international network of companies."
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 2.3 million customers, whether at home, in nearly 2,400 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. There are more than 120 million GSM customers in 128 countries worldwide.
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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