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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 1996
BELL ATLANTIC NYNEX MOBILE FIRST TO PROVIDE CUSTOMERS
WITH CDMA DIGITAL SERVICE
Lucent Technologies Supplies Digital Cellular
Bedminster, NJ -- Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile today
launch of its CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) service, making it
the first company to provide customers with 13 kilobit-per-second
(kb/s) CDMA digital service. The service incorporates equipment
supplied by Lucent Technologies including a 13 kb/s vocoder to improve
voice quality. Selected Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile customers in
Trenton, NJ, and Bucks County, PA, will be the first in the country
to experience the CDMA service.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile and Lucent Technologies have been testing
both the phone and system designs in the Trenton area for the past
year. Starting in April, customers will begin using the system,
providing feedback on the service and its many features.
Along with improved call quality, Caller ID, and Message Waiting
Indicator, CDMA offers customers features such as extended battery
life, Short Message Service, and Authentication to protect against
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile is providing small businesses and consumers
with dual mode CDMA handsets. These dual mode handsets are capable of
functioning in both CDMA and analog systems. They are designed to
scan for CDMA and default to analog if they are outside the digital
"We've been testing CDMA in the field for a year and we're extremely
pleased with the performance of the system, particularly the 13kb/s
vocoder," said Dick Lynch, executive vice president and chief
technology officer, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile. "We're convinced
is ready for customers and see the Trenton system as the beginning of
our commercial deployments. We look forward to our customers'
reaction to the next generation of digital communications."
"We're delighted with the opportunity to help Bell Atlantic NYNEX
Mobile by providing them with the improved voice quality of the Lucent
Technologies CDMA solution," said Bill Rohrbach, sales vice
Lucent Technologies. "We believe that Lucent Technologies' support
the CDMA 13 kb/s vocoder, and our commitment to all wireless industry
standards, are some of the strengths which influenced Bell Atlantic
NYNEX Mobile's decision to select our CDMA solution for digitalizing
CDMA is a digital service standard that provides increased call
capacity and enhanced call quality. CDMA virtually eliminates the
static and cross-talk sometimes heard on analog systems, and provides
a "soft hand-off" capability that makes cell hand-offs
With more than three million customers, Bell
Atlantic NYNEX Mobile is the largest wireless service provider on the
east coast and second largest in the United States. Headquartered in
Bedminster, NJ, the company offers a full range of wireless voice,
data, and paging services to 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.
Lucent Technologies is the new systems and technology company formed
as part of AT&T's previously announced restructuring.
for more information, contact:
- Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile
Andrea Linskey, (908) 306-7845 or Jim Gerace, (908) 306-7508
Barbara Burgess, (201) 606-2473