GTE activates its first PCS wireless network in Cincinnati
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CINCINNATI -- GTE today announced that it has activated its first personal
communications services (PCS) wireless network in the Cincinnati Major Trading
Area (MTA) covering greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The newly
constructed 1.9 GHz all-digital network provides the next generation of wireless
communications services for customers area wide.
"GTE's first PCS digital network is also the first to serve the people of
Greater Cincinnati," said Mark Feighner, president of GTE Wireless. "As one of
the country's leading wireless 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 five retail
outlets and two kiosks in Cincinnati 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,
enhanced call privacy and security, and longer handset battery life. Several
calling plans are available, all without a contract or long-term commitment.
GTE was awarded its Cincinnati-area wireless operating license through an
FCC auction conducted in 1995. The company is also constructing digital
wireless PCS networks in Seattle and Spokane, Wash. Both these markets are
scheduled to be activated by the end of the first quarter of 1997.
Cincinnati network construction began in November 1995. During
construction, Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls made the first PCS test call from
her office on Oct. 28, 1996.
In addition to opening its new digital wireless PCS markets, GTE also plans
to upgrade its existing cellular networks nationwide to digital operation by the
end of 1997. GTE's digital-cellular networks also use CDMA technology.
GTE is one of the largest publicly held telecommunications companies in the
world. Within the United States, GTE has wireline and wireless operations that
form a market area covering about one third of the country's population. In its
wireless operations, GTE provides products and services to more than 3.7 million
customers in 73 metropolitan and 52 rural markets nationwide.
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