November 29, 1995
NYNEX CONTACT: Media Relations,
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, Hughes Network Systems Install
First Commercial System
CELLULAR DIGITAL PACKET DATA (CDPD) SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE IN
MOBILE WORLD, BOSTON -- Bell Atlantic
NYNEX Mobile (BANM) customers in the metropolitan Boston
area can now take advantage of a new mobile data service that
is revolutionizing business communications. Bell Atlantic
NYNEX Mobile has turned on the first commercial cellular
digital packet data (CDPD) system in Boston. The service, called
AirBridge(R) Packet, is available in the city and along Route
128 -- locally known as "America's Technology Corridor."
Hughes Network Systems (HNS) supplied Bell Atlantic
NYNEX Mobile with the network infrastructure equipment
and a "turnkey" installation, including mobile database
stations that were deployed in an unprecedented 21 days from first
order to commercial service. With the addition of Boston, Bell
Atlantic NYNEX Mobile now offers CDPD service in all
of its regions.
"With CDPD, Boston's mobile workers may soon be able
to use a credit card to pay for that taxi ride to the airport.
And, if they get stuck in Route 128 traffic on the way, they
can see productivity gains by using CDPD to send and receive e-mails
with portable computers and personal digital assistants,"
said Jack Plating, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile president
- Northeast. "With the availability of CDPD in Boston, we
have fulfilled our commitment to giving customers in all our regions
access to the service by the end of the year."
"HNS is pleased to have been chosen to provide the CDPD
infrastructure for the Boston market. The Bell Atlantic
NYNEX Mobile CDPD subscribers will find that the system
will provide tremendous flexibility in accommodating their wireless
data transmission needs," said Jake MacLeod, HNS assistant
vice president for digital cellular networks. "No longer
will the Boston subscribers be tethered to a wired telephone for
data transmission and reception."
CDPD is a technology that efficiently transmits short bursts
or "packets" of data over the cellular infrastructure.
Its completely open and widely supported standard offers inherent
encryption to protect the user's data, and its specification is
based on the widely used Internet protocol (TCP/IP) for ease of
implementation by customers.
CDPD enables a wide variety of applications in healthcare,
field service, law enforcement, public utilities, finance, alarm
service, and other fields. Public and private service providers
can use CDPD to monitor and control devices such as traffic lights,
meters, alarm systems, or vending machines.
AirBridge Packet service complements the other wireless data
services presently offered by Bell Atlantic NYNEX
Mobile: AirBridge Fax, AirBridge Circuit-switched Solutions,
and AirBridge Gateway.
In April 1994, Bell Atlantic Mobile launched the nation's
first large scale CDPD networks in Washington/Baltimore and Pittsburgh.
Since then, service has been introduced in Connecticut, Philadelphia,
New Jersey, North Carolina, Arizona, and most recently, New York
City. HNS provided the network infrastructure in Pittsburgh,
Connecticut, North Carolina, and Phoenix.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile is also a charter
member 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
a combination of Bell Atlantic Mobile's and NYNEX Mobile's
cellular operations. The company has more than 5,000 employees.
Headquartered near Washington, DC, with international sales
and support offices worldwide, Hughes Network Systems is a leading
provider of wireless communications, satellite and enterprise
network solutions. HNS is a subsidiary of Hughes Electronics Corporation.
The earnings of Hughes Electronics are used to calculate the
earnings per share attributable to GMH (NYSE symbol) common stock.
CDPD's Many Applications Serve a Variety of Users
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile is working with software
developers, equipment manufacturers, and systems integrators to
be able to present entire packaged solutions to potential customers.
In addition, the company has opened to these companies its wireless
technology "Greenhouse" -- a laboratory setting in which
new wireless data products and services can be developed, tested,
Working closely with a number of pioneering, visionary customers,
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has introduced several
major CDPD applications and then replicated that success throughout
its markets. Some customers already taking advantage of AirBridge
Packet CDPD service are:
-- the police forces in the towns of Groton, Conn.; Bridgewater,
N.J.; and Alexandria, Va.; who use AirBridge Packet to obtain
critical information about possible criminal activity, look up
databases, or file reports without being concerned about others
intercepting their messages.
-- merchants who use Firstnet Corporation's AireTrans Air
Connect System service and AirBridge Packet service to perform
secure wireless credit card verification at a fraction of the
time of standard landline verification.
-- more than 750 mobile workers in the gas unit at New Jersey-based
Public Service Electric & Gas will use pen-based computers
to send and receive real-time information on repair requests and
customer orders over the AirBridge Packet network.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile also provides extensive
after-sale support to its customers including a specially trained
data sales force; a data-specific product management team to create
customer-specific solutions; and a help desk to support both company
and customer data users.
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high-growth markets around the world, including the United Kingdom,
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