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CELLULAR ONE TAKES CELLULAR PHONE SERVICE TO NEW LEVELS AT PITTSBURGH'S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

 CELLULAR ONE TAKES CELLULAR PHONE SERVICE TO NEW LEVELS
 AT PITTSBURGH'S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
 PITTSBURGH, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- With the inauguration of the new state-of-the-art Pittsburgh International Airport only a week away, Cellular One today announced its contribution to the facility, designed to be on the leading edge of transportation: MICROCELL TECHNOLOGY, which will afford "seamless" service to all cellular telephone users -- anywhere in the facility.
 Two microcells, custom-designed by Cellular One for installation at the new airport, will enable traveling cellular telephone users from throughout the nation to place or receive and maintain consistent signals and uninterrupted cellular phone service, regardless of their location or movement within the various levels of the airport facility. Research conducted by the Cellular Telephone Industry Association indicates that 17 percent of cellular phone users (of which there are 6.5 million in the United States) utilize cellular technology to place and receive calls when traveling.
 In essence, microcells are scaled-down, indoor replicas of traditional outdoor cells. Instead of providing coverage for expanses measuring 1-15 miles in radius, microcells are designed to cover areas measuring one mile in radius and less, perhaps as small as 200-300 feet. Because they are positioned closer to the cellular phone user than traditional sites, microcells can improve existing indoor coverage and offer indoor coverage where none existed before. This comes as good news for users of portable cellular telephones.
 "We were aiming for seamless coverage and that's what we achieved," said Mark A. Uminski, Cellular One's Director of Technical Services. "We've positioned a microcell on the air side of the new airport, which covers cellular phone users from the runway through the new people movers. In addition, we've placed a microcell on the land side which covers the interior of the Midfield Terminal. Outside, our conventional external system kicks in. It's all consistent and continuous. A person could continue the same phone call from the time they exit the plane, travel through the airport, walk to their car and drive to their destination -- uninterrupted."
 Cellular One had to modify key hardware to customize the microcells for the new airport. But such modifications of existing technology are nothing new. The company was the first to provide cellular phone service in the tunnels of Pittsburgh, a plus for cellular phone users.
 "We're always looking for ways to improve our coverage and our service," said Uminski. "Microcells help us to increase the capacity of our system. They'll help our system grow. And the more we grow, the better we can serve our customers, which include not only business travelers, but law enforcement and emergency medical workers, to name only a few."
 McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc., the nation's leading cellular telephone company, offers service primarily under the name Cellular One. Based near Seattle in Kirkland, Wash., the company operates the North American Cellular Network and major regional systems in California, Florida, Texas, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, the Rocky Mountain states and the Northeast.
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 /CONTACT: Paula G. McWilliams, manager, external affairs, 412-427-9268, or Mark A. Uminski, director of technical services, 412-427-9291, both of Cellular One/Northeast/ CO: Cellular One ST: Pennsylvania IN: TLS SU: PDT


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