October 13, 1995
NYNEX CONTACT: Media Relations,
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, GTE Mobilnet to Provide
Interregional 'Visiting' for CDPD Users
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Today, BELL ATLANTIC
NYNEX Mobile and GTE Mobilnet announced an agreement
to allow customers to "visit" between those two companies'
Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) networks, dramatically expanding
the CDPD network coverage area for both carriers.
Initially, the visiting arrangements will be available to customers
in BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX Mobile's Connecticut system
and customers in all of GTE Mobilnet's markets. To date,
the two carriers have established pre-commercial connectivity,
with commercial grade service expected to be in place in Connecticut
by November 30, 1995. Because the agreement covers all of both
companies' markets, it enables the companies to implement the
offering in additional markets throughout the remainder of 1995
and in 1996, subject to regulatory approval.
CDPD Network interoperability will allow users to have access
to CDPD service while traveling in another cellular market. For
example, a GTE Mobilnet customer from San Francisco can
use CDPD service while visiting Hartford, Conn., a BELL ATLANTIC
NYNEX Mobile market.
GTE Mobilnet and BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX Mobile
will each set their own rates for service. To make billing as
simple as possible for the customer, users will receive a single
bill from their home service provider for home and visiting activity.
"This agreement is further evidence of the growth of a
national seamless CDPD network, one where customers will be able
to be as mobile as their business dictates," said Mike Franklin,
BANM director-wireless data marketing. "Our customers will
have access to this expanded coverage area and will pay the same
rate whether at home or visiting." Jay Sheth, GTE
Mobilnet director-wireless data said, "This is GTE
Mobilnet's second successful intercarrier agreement, and the second
for the industry. Earlier this year GTE Mobilnet and Ameritech
announced interoperability among the GTE and Ameritech
CDPD markets." BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX Mobile
and GTE Mobilnet are both charter members of the CDPD Forum
Inc., a trade association dedicated to promoting use of the CDPD
standard. BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX Mobile, headquartered
in Bedminster, N.J., is the largest wireless service provider
on the East Coast and the second largest provider in the United
States. The company offers a full range of wireless voice, data,
and paging communications solutions to its three million customers
in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and, through a separate
subsidiary, in the Southwest. The company was formed in July 1995
through the combination of Bell Atlantic Mobile's and NYNEX
Mobile's cellular operations. The company has more than 5,000
employees. GTE Mobilnet is a leading mobile cellular
operator in the United States with the potential of serving some
72 million cellular and personal communications services customers.
The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of GTE Corporation
(NYSE: GTE). GTE Corp. is the fourth-largest publicly
owned telecommunications company in the world.
NYNEX is a global communications and media company that provides
a full range of services in the northeastern United States and
high-growth markets around the world, including the United Kingdom,
Thailand, Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland,
Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The Corporation is a leader in the telecommunications, wireless communications,
cable television, directory publishing
and entertainment and information services.
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