GTE activates new PCS wireless network in Seattle

SEATTLE -- GTE today announced that it has activated its personal communications services (PCS) wireless network in the Seattle Major Trading Area (MTA) covering the greater Puget Sound area. The newly constructed 1.9 GHz all-digital network provides the next generation of wireless communications services for customers area-wide.

The introduction of this new wireless network further enhances GTE's already strong presence in the area, said Mark Feighner, president of GTE Wireless. As one of the country's leading wireless service providers, our goals are to be the easiest telecommunications company to do business with and to be a one-stop source for a full range of telecommunications products and services.

In addition to digital wireless products and services, GTE's wireless retail outlets and a kiosk in Seattle will carry a variety of other telecommunications offerings including the company's Internet access and wireline long-distance services.

GTE's digital wireless PCS service uses code division multiple access (CDMA) technology featuring enhanced voice clarity, virtually static-free operation and longer handset battery life. Several calling plans are available, all without a contract or long-term commitment.

GTE was awarded its Seattle-area wireless operating license through an FCC auction conducted in 1995. In February, the company activated its first PCS network in the Cincinnati MTA. GTE's remaining PCS network in Spokane, Wash., is scheduled for activation later this year.

In addition to activating new digital wireless PCS markets, GTE will upgrade its major-market cellular networks nationwide with digital CDMA technology by year end.

With revenues of more than $21 billion in 1996, GTE is one of the largest publicly held telecommunications companies in the world. In the United States, GTE offers local and wireless service in 29 states and long-distance service in all 50 states. GTE was the first among its peers to offer one-stop shopping for local, long-distance and Internet access services. Outside the United States, where GTE has operated for more than 40 years, the company serves over 6.5 million customers. GTE is also a leader in government and defense communications systems and equipment, directories and telecommunications-based information services, and aircraft-passenger telecommunications.