12.22.1998Corporate

Grupo Iusacell Estimates 740,000 Cellular Customers at Year End and Announces Revised 1998 Quarterly Customer Base and Enhancement of VIVA Prepay Card Program

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Grupo Iusacell Estimates 740,000 Cellular Customers at Year End and Announces
Revised 1998 Quarterly Customer Base and Enhancement of VIVA Prepay Card Program

December 22, 1998






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Howard F. Zuckerman

Executive VP and CFO

011-525-109-5761



Ian C. Muir

Director of Investor Relations

011-525-109-5755

MEXICO CITY - Grupo Iusacell (BMV: IUSACELL,
NYSE: CEL and CEL.D) announced today that it expects to close the
year with approximately 740,000 cellular subscribers, which would
represent an increase of approximately 85% against the 1997 year-
end subscriber base.


The Company further announced that as a result of having
substantially completed the conversion of its prepay product to a
new platform (VIVA), it has updated its cellular customer database
and is restating its 1998 quarterly minutes of use (MOU), average
monthly revenue per subscriber (ARPU) and customer count.
Previously reported financial statement information does not need
to be adjusted.


As restated, and as originally reported, cellular customer base,
growth rate, net additions, MOU and ARPU are as follows:

         EOP Customer Base       Growth vs. Same Q97         Net Additions 
1998    Restated   Reported      Restated   Reported      Restated  Reported
 1Q      474,272    480,741        89%         91%         74,149    80,618
 2Q      550,569    563,425        95%        100%         76,297    80,684
 3Q      627,858    661.562        86%         95%         77,289    90.317

                          MOU                        ARPU
           1998   Restated   Reported        Restated   Reported
            1Q       94         94             401         400
            2Q       88         87             373         366
            3Q       87         83             347         334

The Company also announced that in mid-November it extended the life of
its VIVA prepay cards to a maximum of 180 days to allow for greater
flexibility in their use. A VIVA customer will now have 90 days to
activate or replenish their card, after the balance on their existing
card becomes zero.


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Grupo Iusacell is a leading independent telecommunications company in
Mexico. It is the wireless cellular service provider in four of
Mexico's nine regions in the central portion of Mexico (including
Mexico City) covering a total of 67 million POPs, representing 69% of
the country's total population. The auctions won for wireless services
in regions 1 and 4 in northern Mexico will allow the Company to cover
an additional 11 million POPs, or 11% of Mexico's total population.
Since February 1997, the Company has been under the management and
operating control of Bell Atlantic which owns, through subsidiaries,
47% of the Company's capital stock.

Note: This press release contains statements about expected future
events and financial results that are forward-looking and subject to
risks and uncertainties. For those statements, we claim the
protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained
in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Discussion of
factors that may affect future results is contained in our filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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