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March 25, 1999

North American GSM Alliance Welcomes Ericsson/Qualcomm Agreement; Major Hurdle to 3G Standardization Removed

CHICAGO, IL, March 25, 1999 -- The North American GSM Alliance, LLC welcomes the agreement announced today by Ericsson and Qualcomm, and believes that this pact should remove a major hurdle in the development and deployment of Third Generation wireless technologies.

"This agreement helps pave the way for implementing Third Generation technology, " said Don Warkentin, Chairman of the North American GSM Alliance, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Aerial Communications. "This should ensure that U.S. wireless operators will be able to offer the technology that works best for their networks and customers."

Warkentin said that the North American GSM Alliance will continue to ensure that Third Generation wireless standards deliver the best evolution path for the more than 3 million Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) customers in North America. He added that while the Ericsson and Qualcomm agreements should help achieve more commonality for Third Generation Wireless standards, the GSM Alliance will be diligent in ensuring that technical parameters continue to enable the advantages of multiple technologies.

The North American GSM Alliance L.L.C. is a group of 16 North America's leading digital wireless Personal Communication Services companies. Using Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications, Alliance companies provide superior voice clarity, unparalleled security and leading-edge wireless voice, data and fax features for customers, whether at home, away or abroad.

GSM Alliance members include: Aerial Communications, Inc., Airadigm Communications, Inc.; BellSouth Mobility DCS; Conestoga Wireless Company; Cook Inlet PCS; DIGIPH PCS; Iowa Wireless Services, LP; Microcell Telecommunications Inc.; NPI Wireless; Omnipoint Communications LLC; Pacific Bell Wireless; Powertel, Inc.; TWS, 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 Networks and Siemens.

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Mike Houghton
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