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Service Footprint Spreads Across North America
CHICAGO, IL - May 26, 1998 - Five U.S. wireless service providers have become the latest members of the North American GSM Alliance LLC. The Alliance is a consortium of U.S. and Canadian digital wireless Personal Communications Services (PCS) carriers which use Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications digital wireless technology.
The addition of Airadigm Communications; Conestoga Wireless Company; DIGIPH PCS; NPI Wireless, and Wireless 2000, brings to six the number of companies which have recently joined the GSM Alliance. Several weeks ago, Cook Inlet PCS also became a member.
"The GSM Alliance has nearly doubled its membership in the past month," said Don Warkentin, GSM Alliance Chairman and President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aerial Communications, Inc. "The Alliance's expanding North American footprint advances the commercial efforts of our members as well as helping to extend GSM's seamless, wireless communications to customers across the U.S. and Canada."
Airadigm Communications, Inc. --headquartered in Little Chute, Wisconsin, and operating under the brand name Einstein PCS -- was the first of the FCC's "entrepreneur" -- or C-Block -- licenses to turn up its network, launching GSM service in March, 1997. Airadigm's service areas -- with total POPs of 3.5 million -- include Green Bay, Appleton/Oshkosh, Marinette, Fond du Lac, Madison, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Stevens Point, Wausau/Rhinelander, Janesville/Beloit, Eau Claire and La Crosse as well as Dubuque, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
"We see Alliance membership as another way for us to provide a superior alternative to current communications options," said Airadigm Communications CEO and Chairman, George Benson. "It gives our local customers access to both a national and international network of companies."
Conestoga Wireless Company, headquartered in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, began commercial operation May 1 of its wireless digital PCS system in Berks, Union, Snyder, Northumberland and Montour counties in Pennsylvania. The Company has license areas totaling 838,466 POPs and is initially targeting the communities in, or surrounding, the service territories of Conestoga Telephone and Buffalo Valley Telephone companies.
"Our desire is to offer consumers a high quality, economical, easy-to-understand alternative to the expensive and often confusing array of cellular and PCS services being advertised in the marketplace," said Bill Chamblin, President of Conestoga Wireless Company. "Being part of the GSM Alliance, we can assure that our customers get the same advanced digital wireless features and benefits whether at home, across the street, or out-of-town."
DIGIPH PCS, headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, currently operates in Mobile, Alabama; Hattiesburg, and Biloxi, Mississippi; and Pensacola and Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, markets. The company is licensed by the FCC to provide PCS service to eight contiguous license areas throughout Florida, Alabama and Mississippi that covers a population of 2.2 million people.
"Joining the GSM Alliance brings added value to our customers," said DIGIPH President Edd Williams. "It enhances our ability to provide superior service and competitive pricing to our customers and enables them to experience the same superior voice clarity, unparalleled security and wireless voice, data and fax capabilities in nearly 1,500 cities in North America and 110 countries around the world."
NPI Wireless, a division of Noverr Publishing Inc, was the first company to provide digital PCS in Michigan. Headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, NPI Wireless provides service in two PCS license areas with a combined population size of 315,600.
"The GSM Alliance offers local PCS operators a competitive edge, economies of scale and operating efficiencies, as well as access to national, continental and global platforms," said Frank Noverr, president of Noverr Publishing. "This translates into high-quality, innovative, attractively-priced services and features for our customers."
Wireless 2000 PCS is marketed by Third Kentucky Cellular Corp. and is headquartered in Corbin, Kentucky. Wireless 2000 PCS launched commercial service last September in the Corbin, Williamsburg and London, KY markets. The population size for Wireless 2000 PCS' license areas is 360,000.
"We're pleased to join the GSM Alliance because it enhances our ability to better serve the communication needs of our customers," said Wireless 2000 President Tommy Ward. "The Alliance will give our customers the opportunity to have the superior voice clarity, unparalleled security and leading-edge wireless voice, data and fax features that they get locally, anywhere they travel."
North American GSM Alliance, L.L.C. is a consortium of U.S. and Canadian digital wireless PCS carriers, which helps provide seamless wireless communications for their customers, whether at home, in nearly 1,500 U.S. and Canadian cities and towns, or abroad. Current members of the GSM Alliance now include: Aerial Communications, Inc., Airadigm Communications, Inc.; BellSouth Mobility DCS; Conestoga Wireless Company; Cook Inlet PCS; DIGIPH PCS; Microcell Telecommunications Inc.; NPI Wireless; Omnipoint Communications LLC; Pacific Bell Mobile Services; Powertel, Inc.; Western Wireless Corp.; and Wireless 2000 PCS.
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