FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 1998
1.3 Million New Customers Added in Less Than a Year
'Every Minute, Three New GSM Customers Added in North America'
BOSTON, MA, November 9, 1998 - In North America, customers continue to demonstrate overwhelming support for Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) wireless phones. There are now more than 2.3 million customers in nearly 2,400 cities in 42 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and four Canadian provinces, according to data released today by the North American GSM Alliance LLC.
"GSM's growth continues to outpace rival digital Personal Communications Service (PCS) technologies," said GSM Alliance Chairman Don Warkentin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aerial Communications. "Our third quarter customer totals are up 158 percent from the same period last year. Every minute, three new GSM customers are added in North America."
Warkentin said that in the past 11 months, GSM Alliance companies have added more customers than the entire U.S. cellular industry did in its first four years. The number of cities with commercial GSM service has more than doubled - from 700 in November 1997 to nearly 2,400 in 1998.
"GSM's growth is truly a North American success story. In addition to investing billions of dollars to establish their networks and launch their services, U.S. and Canadian GSM operators have created nearly 12,000 new direct jobs with an estimated 30,000 new workers are involved in service, manufacturing and associated jobs, " explained Warkentin.
Quickly building out its planned national coverage in the U.S. and Canada, GSM Alliance companies have built 10,452 cell sites in two years. In comparison, it took the entire U.S. cellular industry 10 years to reach that mark.
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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