Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, GTE Mobilnet to Provide Interregional 'Visiting' for CDPD Users

October 13, 1995

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Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, GTE Mobilnet to Provide

Interregional 'Visiting' for CDPD Users


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.


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


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.

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and entertainment and information services.

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