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CELLULAR INDUSTRY COUNTS 13 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS; RISING REVENUES, FALLING MONTHLY BILLS REPORTED ON EVE OF 10TH ANNIVERSARY

 /ADVANCE/ WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The cellular telephone industry celebrating its 10th anniversary, announced today that more than 2 million new subscribers signed up in the first six months of 1993, bringing the total number of customers to more than 13 million.
 "It's been just a phenomenal decade," said Thomas E. Wheeler, president of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA). "Every day, another 11,000 Americans become cellular phone users."
 The first commercial cellular phone system began operation in Chicago on Oct. 13, 1983. The symbolic first call was made from a phone in a Chrysler convertible to the grandson of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone.
 In its semi-annual report on industry growth, CTIA said the number of subscribers in the first six months of 1993 increased 18.4 percent. For the 12 months, from July 1992 through June 1993, the number of cellular subscribers grew by more than 4 million or 47 percent.
 The survey also said the industry set its 16th consecutive record for six-month revenues, with gross service revenues climbing 15 percent over 1992's last half to $4.8 billion. For the 12 months ended June 30, the industry's total revenues jumped 34.71 percent to $9 billion, compared to $6.7 billion for the 12 months ending June 30, 1992.
 "The driving force behind cellular's popularity is the affordability, personal convenience and safety and work productivity it provides customers," Wheeler explained.
 The average monthly bill for subscribers dropped to $67.31 during the first six months of 1993, from $68.68 per month in December 1992.
 The cellular industry's capital investment increased by $1.5 billion in the first six months of 1993, to a cumulative total of more than $12.7 billion.
 Cellular carriers have created more than 36,500 jobs in the past 10 years. When related service and manufacturing activities are included, approximately 100,000 jobs have been created by the cellular industry. In the first six months of 1993, cellular carriers added 2,153 new employees, according to the CTIA data survey.
 Currently, 1,523 cellular systems are providing service in 734 markets across the United States. The number of new cell sites, the basic building blocks of a cellular system, increased 12 percent during the first half of 1993 and now total 11,551. New cells increase capacity, improve voice quality and lower power needs.
 Roaming revenues -- charges to cellular subscribers using their phones while away from their home city -- increased 9.35 percent during the January-June period to $587 million. That represents a 34 percent increase over roaming revenues in the first half of 1992.
 "Cellular's outstanding record of achievement and performance serve as the launch pad for the wireless future," said Wheeler. "What began as a car phone will lead us into a new era of personal mobile communications in which information -- voice, data, video -- is brought to people where and when they need it."
 The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association is the Washington-based trade association which represents the cellular telephone industry in the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 95 percent of the cellular customers in North America are served by CTIA-member companies.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Table and graphs showing statistical information back to 1985 are available by calling the contact below./
 /CONTACT: Mike Houghton of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, 202-785-0081/


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