FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Elected Chairman of GSM North America
WASHINGTON, DC, April 28, 1998- GSM North America, the North American Interest Group (NAIG) of the GSM MoU Association, today announced that Jim Healy, president of Cook Inlet Western Wireless PV/SS PCS, L.P. has been elected chairman of the group Healy succeeds former Pacific Bell Mobile Services President, Lyndon Daniels, who resigned when he left PBMS to become president and COO of Arch Communications Group Inc. PBMS Vice President -- Business Development Roy Gunter has been serving as interim chairman.
"Lyn and Roy have played an important role in building GSM's presence in North America and we are appreciative of all their achievements and hard work," Healy said. "GSM is truly a North American success story, and I look forward to the challenges ahead." Healy points to the rapid rollout of service to more than 1000 cities in 39 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and four Canadian provinces. The blistering addition of new GSM customers -- one every minute. The creation of nearly 8,000 new jobs in the U.S. and Canada. "GSM's leadership in the U.S. and Canadian markets and the resulting competition between digital wireless standards has brought innovation in technologies, features and services, as well as lowered prices."
Prior to joining Cook Inlet Western Wireless, which he has managed since its formation, Healy's experience includes: Vice President - Engineering and Operations of McCaw Cellular Communications' Wireless Data Division, President, CEO and Director of O'Neill Communications Inc. a pioneer in wireless LANs, and President, COO and Director of Millicom Incorporated (now Millicom International Cellular, NASDAQ: MICCF).
He was a founding Director of the Wireless Information Networks Forum (WINForum) and an early Director of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (C.T.I.A.) He earned his MBA degree at Syracuse University.
GSM North America, a consortium of leading Personal Communications Services (PCS) providers in the United States and Canada, is the North American interest group for the GSM MoU Association. Formed in 1995, GSM North America brings service providers and equipment manufacturers together to identify and act upon opportunities issues related to enhancing GSM's (Global System for Mobile Communications) position as the premier PCS digital technology.
GSM carriers in North America, currently providing commercial PCS service include: Aerial Communications, Inc., Airadigm Communications, Inc. (Einstein), American Personal Communications (Sprint Spectrum), BellSouth Mobility DCS, Conestoga PCS, Cook Inlet Western Wireless PV/SS PCS, L.P. (VoiceStream), DIGIPH Communications, Microcell Telecommunications Inc. (Fido), Northern Michigan, NPI Wireless, Omnipoint Communications, Inc., Pacific Bell Mobile Services, PCS One, Powertel, Inc., South East Telephone, Third Kentucky Cellular Group (Wireless 2000 PCS), and Western Wireless Corp. (VoiceStream).
Cook Inlet Western Wireless PV/SS PCS, L.P. was established in 1995. Cook Inlet Region Inc., the general partner, is one of 12 Alaska-based regional corporations established by Congress under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971. It is owned by approximately 6,900 Alaska Native shareholders. Western Wireless Corp, the limited partner, provides cellular and PCS service throughout the western United States and Hawaii. The Cook Inlet Western Wireless partnership has purchased PCS licenses to serve over 11 million C and F block POPs for $127 million.
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