October 17, 1995
NYNEX CONTACT: Media Relations,
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX MOBILE
STRENGTHEN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH CAMPUS CELLULAR PLAN
Campus Minicell to Deliver Discounted Service
PITTSBURGH, PA -- Carnegie Mellon University
and BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX Mobile are once again teaming
up to advance wireless technologies in the latest initiative to
enhance telecommunications services for the university's faculty,
staff, and students.
Carnegie Mellon Telecommunications and BELL ATLANTIC
NYNEX Mobile worked together to develop and initiate CMU
Cellular Service, a specially designed campus cellular plan, operating
on a minicell serving the University.
Mary L. Pretz-Lawson, head of the Telecommunications Department
at Carnegie Mellon, said interest in wireless services has rapidly
increased over the last few years among departments within the
university and individuals on campus.
"Departments that participated in the initial one-number,
one-phone Personal Line trial several years ago, as well as others
that heard about it, exhibited a strong interest in having wireless
service more readily available," Pretz-Lawson explained.
"Departments indicated to us that their ability to deliver
services was greatly enhanced when they could use their cellular
phone throughout the campus."
The enhanced wireless service at the campus enables faculty
and students alike to take advantage of the benefits of instant
communications. Faculty and support staff will be more easily
accessible through the phone they can carry with them.
Groups that participated in the initial Personal Line trial
found wireless communication to be particularly useful for people
who travel around the campus as part of their jobs. University
Relations, for example, coordinates events scattered over the
campus. Computing Service Data Communications and Telecommunications
technicians work in every building installing equipment and performing
repairs. The Drama staff prepares up to 15 productions per year
that require considerable coordinating and lots of mobility.
Students can benefit from the added mobility, greater safety
and security and the advantage of a reduced monthly access fee.
Bell Atlantic Mobile invited the University into the
wireless arena nearly three years ago for the trial of the company's
Personal Line system, the first-of-its-kind test of one-number,
one-phone service in the country. That initial partnership laid
the groundwork for a relationship between the organizations for
which the two have coupled research capabilities with leading
"With the Personal Line trial, we established the blueprint
for delivering wireless services that erase barriers between your
car, your office, and your home phone," explained Jerry Fountain,
regional vice president for BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX Mobile.
"Now we're responding to trial participants and others
on the campus who want to continue to take advantage of wireless
communications," Fountain said.
To provide the special campus plan, BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX
Mobile installed a minicell on the campus and is using the infrastructure
that was put in place for the Personal Line trial.
CMU Cellular Service consists of two special pricing plans.
The University Plan was designed for departments wishing to provide
cellular phone service for staff and faculty members. The Personal
Plan is available to any staff, faculty, or students needing a
cellular phone for personal use. Both plans have reduced monthly
access charges and special airtime rates with the University Plan
offering an even lower airtime cost for on-campus use.
"We tailored this program to the needs of users at Carnegie
Mellon," Fountain explained. "Our intent is to work
with other large organizations to develop individual programs
that address their specific communications needs."
BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX Mobile 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 new
company has more than 5,000 employees.
The company's Pittsburgh Regional headquarters are in McCandless
Township with the following Communications Stores: Downtown Pittsburgh,
2 PPG Place; North Hills, 4930 McKnight Road; South Hills, 2895
Banksville Road; Robinson Town Centre, 1970 Park Manor Boulevard;
Shadyside, 810 South Aiken Avenue; Monroeville, 3828 William Penn
Highway; Greensburg, Westmoreland Mall; Butler, Moraine Point
Plaza. BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX Mobile has sales kiosks
in the Ross Park Mall and the Indiana Mall.
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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