FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 1999
CHICAGO, IL, April 12, 1999 - STPCS Joint Venture, LLC, which will market personal communications services (PCS) throughout its D and F block licenses in South Texas as SOL Communications, has joined the North American GSM Alliance LLC.
A joint venture between AmeriCall International LLC and Western PCS Corporation, SOL Communications will cover a combined population of about two million people in the South Texas markets of Victoria, Corpus Christi, Brownsville-Harlingen, McAllen, Laredo, and Eagle Pass-Del Rio.
"We're pleased to welcome STPCS as our newest member. We believe their geographic presence strengthens the Alliance's ever expanding North American footprint and further advances the interests of Alliance member companies," said Don Warkentin, GSM Alliance Chairman and President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aerial Communications, Inc.
"Our six markets are characterized by strong economic growth as a result of a rapidly expanding and diverse population base coupled with increased business development due in part to increased trade with Mexico. We believe these markets will be key contributors to the growth in wireless service in Texas", said STPCS President and CEO Edward C. Horner. "Joining the Alliance brings added value to our customers and to our company. It gives us the ability to meet the wireless telecommunications needs of our customers in South Texas, while providing our customers with access to both a national and international network of companies."
The North American GSM Alliance L.L.C. is a group of 17 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.; STPCS Joint Venture, LLC; TWS, Inc.; Western Total Communications; Western Wireless Corp.; and Wireless 2000 PCS. The GSM Alliance works in cooperation with North American GSM equipment manufacturers: Siemens, Motorola, Nortel Networks, Nokia and Ericsson.
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