05.06.1996Corporate

NATIONAL WIRELESS ALLIANCE SIGNS VOLUME CONTRACT WITH ITN FOR ROAMING SERVICES


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NATIONAL WIRELESS ALLIANCE SIGNS VOLUME CONTRACT WITH ITN
FOR ROAMING SERVICES

PrimeCo is First Major PCS Carrier to Select Network
Provider



Overland Park, KS -- The national wireless alliance of
AirTouch
Cellular (AirTouch Communications NYSE: ATI), Bell Atlantic
(NYSE:BEL), NYNEX (NYSE:NYN) and US WEST NewVector Group (NYSE:UMG),
as well as PrimeCo Personal Communications, signed a bulk contract
with Independent Telecommunications Network, Inc. (ITN), to provide
Signaling System 7 (SS7) seamless roaming and enhanced call setup
capabilities that make it faster and easier for wireless customers to
use their phones nationwide.

This contract marks a renewal and expansion of ITN's separate
contracts with each cellular carrier to provide IS-41 transport.
"Through joint purchasing the alliance members will realize roughly
a
15 percent savings because of the contract volume," said Lee Cox,
Vice
Chairman of AirTouch Communications and president and CEO of AirTouch
Cellular. "This contract, like previous handset and equipment
purchases, demonstrates the economies of scale we have created through
our alliance."

This agreement also makes PrimeCo Personal Communications the first
major Personal Communications Services carrier to select a network
services provider. "The ITN network will facilitate roaming between
our 11 major markets, enabling customers to use their phones the same
way they do in their home markets," said Ben Scott, CEO of PrimeCo
Personal Communications. PrimeCo plans to launch service before year
end.

"ITN has provided Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile with quality network
transport services for several years", said Tony Malone, Bell
Atlantic
NYNEX Mobile Executive Director of Network Planning and
Administration. "Now these same services will be expanded to
PrimeCo
at a lower cost."

ITN will provide Interim Standard 41 (IS-41) transport and Integrated
Services Digital Network User Part (ISUP) trunk signaling for
alliance members over the ITN SS7 network. IS-41 is the industry
standard for cellular switch interconnection and signaling that
provides both high speed and reliability. Widespread use of IS-41
signaling has made seamless roaming a reality, and allows wireless
customers to receive calls automatically without the use of special
codes. It also brings customers the use of the same home market
features, such as call forwarding, when roaming.

ISUP is the call control part of the SS7 signaling that establishes
procedures for setting up, coordinating, and taking down calls using
SS7 networks instead of voice trunks. Customers benefit in two ways:
first, call setup -- the time required for the phone to ring after a
caller presses the "send" key -- is faster, and second, voice
trunks
have additional capacity due to more efficient utilization.

"We are especially pleased these industry leaders have placed their
confidence in ITN to help them grow in the rapidly evolving wireless
telecommunications market," Ray Donnelly, Vice President - Marketing
and Sales for ITN, said. "This is a significant piece of business
for
us."

The four-way wireless alliance was formed by AirTouch Communications,
Bell Atlantic, NYNEX and US WEST in October, 1994, to create the
broadest market coverage in the industry. The partners formed PrimeCo
Personal Communications, which successfully bid $1.1 billion for new
PCS licenses in 11 major cities. Combined, the wireless alliance
players serve nearly seven million domestic customers, operate in 19
of the top 20 U.S. markets, and cover a population base of nearly 170
million in 46 states and the District of Columbia. The new contract
with ITN positions this alliance to eventually facilitate seamless
nationwide roaming between its 800 Mhz and 1900 Mhz markets.

As the Cellular Services Network provider for the Cellular
Telecommunications Industry Association, ITN serves A and B side
cellular carriers.

ITN provides intelligent network services for more than 300 local,
interexchange and wireless carriers throughout North America. It
operates the United States' largest independently owned Signaling
System 7 network, providing transport, trunk signaling, protocol
conversion, line information and 800 database access, seamless
wireless roaming, roaming fraud detection and prevention and advanced
intelligent network services.

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Media contact:

    ITN, Jim Bowman, (193) 344-6290

    PrimeCo Personal Communications, Steve Fleisher, (817) 258-1531

    Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, Jim Gerace, (908) 306-7508

    US West, Lisa Bowersock, (206) 603-7427