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AT&T AND BELL ATLANTIC MOBILE ANNOUNCE THE ARRIVAL OF CDPD CONNECTIVITY ON THE EAST COAST

 BEDMINSTER, N.J., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell Atlantic Mobile (BAM) and AT&T Network Systems announced today they have equipped the first five cells and one switch in BAM's Washington/Baltimore cellular network with AT&T's CDPD (Cellular Digital Packet Data) technology. The first of its kind on the East Coast, this installation is the beginning of BAM's CDPD deployment that will expand throughout the mid- Atlantic, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest throughout 1994.
 "Everyone will feel the impact of this new wireless data service. A rider in a taxi may pay the fare with a debit or credit card. Truck drivers might learn immediately of delivery route changes, and salespeople will get up-to-the-minute quotes on inventory and pricing. Wireless alarms will add an extra measure of security to protected sites," said Benjamin L. Scott, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Bell Atlantic Mobile.
 The initial installations are in the greater Baltimore area. Upon completion of acceptance testing and additional installations, BAM intends to offer Bell Atlantic(R) AirBridge(SM) Packet (CDPD) service commercially in Washington/Baltimore in April.
 CDPD is a new technology that lets users send high-speed bursts of data, called "packets," over existing cellular channels. Rather than having to construct, manage, and maintain separate networks for wireless data communication, cellular carriers can transport voice and data traffic on the same networks. Rapid deployment of CDPD technology is expected because the network will use the existing cellular infrastructure with more than 10,000 cells already in place nationally. BAM alone has nearly 800 sites.
 A CDPD system includes mobile data base stations and a mobile data intermediate system, which support mobile end systems that can operate various applications and access a variety of data bases, host computers, and wide area networks. AT&T's mobile data intermediate system conforms to CDPD's open architecture requirements which facilitate an easy integration with standard data networks.
 Although AT&T's CDPD products are designed to optimize the company's AUTOPLEX(R) System 1000 product line, they will be flexible enough to work with any cellular vendor's infrastructure equipment. A distinguishing trait of AT&T's CDPD system, when used with the AT&T Series II base station, is its use of the AT&T Series II Linear Amplifier which will improve the quality of data transmission and decrease overall equipment costs.
 "CDPD brings the vision of a mobile office one step closer to reality by allowing busy professionals to send and receive data anytime and anywhere their needs dictate," said Jim Brewington, president of AT&T Network Wireless Systems. "Bell Atlantic Mobile is a company that aggressively strives to understand its customers' needs, and demands the most advanced technology available to meet those needs. So we are extremely pleased to be working with Bell Atlantic Mobile as the first company to deploy AT&T's CDPD technology."
 AT&T (NYSE: T) and Bell Atlantic Mobile will demonstrate how people using mobile computers can easily access existing applications through new cellular packet data systems without having to connect to a phone line at Wireless Datacomm '93 (Sheraton Exhibit Hall, Booths 201 and 209) on December 7-8, 1993, in Washington, DC.
 AT&T Network Systems is a worldwide manufacturer and marketer of network telecommunications products and offers communications service providers virtually everything they need to build and operate their wireless and landline networks.
 Bell Atlantic Mobile's cellular operations constitute the largest carrier on the East Coast and one of the largest carriers in North America, serving a total population of 35 million. Bell Atlantic Mobile provides cellular service and equipment in Washington, D.C., and 15 states in New England, the mid-Atlantic, the Carolinas, and the Southwest. Headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., the cellular communications divisions are subsidiaries of Philadelphia-based Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL).
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Culton of AT&T Network Systems, 201-606-2473 (office) or 908-719-2535 (home); Karen Ann Kurlander of Bell Atlantic Mobile, 908-306-7552 (office); or Mary McPartland of Hill and Knowlton, 212-697-5600/
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