Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile and Ameritech Agree to
Connect Wireless Data Networks
Customers Can Use Service in More Than 30 Markets
October 9, 1996
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile
BEDMINSTER, N.J. -- Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile and
signed a wireless data services intercarrier agreement, allowing the
carriers to provide HREF="http://www.banm.com/amy_data/CDPD1.HTM">Cellular Digital Packet
Data (CDPD) services to customers in more than "/sites/default/files/imported/press-releases/bell-atlantic/1996/markets.htm">30 cellular markets across the United States.
In addition, both companies have previously signed similar agreements
with other CDPD carriers, bringing the total number of markets their
customers can roam to, or "visit" to more than 70 markets in 29
and the District of Columbia.
With this agreement, wireless data users will be able to use CDPD to
send and receive data wirelessly regardless of their location within
Ameritech and Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile service areas. Customer
service, price plans, and billing will be administered by the
customers' home carrier, providing customers with one bill and one
point of contact.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile currently provides CDPD service in nine
states, including such major cities as New York City, Philadelphia,
Boston, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh.
Ameritech currently provides CDPD service in six states including such
major cities as Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Detroit, and St.
"Our customers want and need to use wireless data services
they currently enjoy voice service," said Mike Franklin, director
wireless data marketing for Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile. "With this
agreement, and with our agreements with other carriers, we have made
significant steps toward seamlessly linking our networks to look like
one from our customers' point of view."
"We need to provide the best in quality networks and services to
increasing demands by our customers in the growing cellular data
industry" said Susan Major, director of wireless data and paging at
Ameritech. "Our agreement with Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile
our existing comprehensive capabilities to serve our customers' data
needs whenever and wherever they need it."
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile is the largest wireless service provider on
the East Coast and the second largest in the United States. The
company offers a full range of wireless personal communications
services, including voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, N.J.,
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has nearly 4 million customers and 5,800
employees in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and, through a
separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. The company was formed in July
1995 by combining Bell Atlantic Mobile's and NYNEX Mobile's cellular
operations. For more information, contact Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's
wireless data team at
(800) 308-DATA, or on the World Wide Web
A worldwide leader in making communications easy, Ameritech serves
millions of customers in 50 states and more than 40 countries.
Ameritech provides a full range of communications service, including
local and long distance telephone, cellular, paging, wireless data,
security monitoring, cable TV, electronic commerce, on-line services
and more. One of the world's largest companies, Ameritech
(www.ameritech.com) has 67,000
employees, one million shareholders and
$23 billion in assets.