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GTE ANNOUNCES SECOND PHASE OF PCS RESEARCH PROJECT -- WIDE-AREA WIRELESS CENTREX AND PBX SERVICES FOR BUSINESS CUSTOMERS

 STAMFORD, Conn., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- GTE Corp. (NYSE: GTE) today announced it is providing wide-area wireless Centrex and PBX service to five businesses in two GTE markets -- Nashville, Tenn. and Durham, N.C. -- as part of its Personal Communications Services (PCS) research effort.
 The 350-handset business-market trial marks the first time tariffed Centrex services have been linked to wide-area wireless services. This allows the business user to take advantage of all PBX and Centrex services such as four- or five-digit intracompany dialing from any location throughout an extended 3,500 square mile PCS coverage area. The trial focuses on the mobility requirements, functionality and features required to provide PCS to the business customer.
 "GTE business customers have told us they value the concept of being untethered from their desks and offices," said John K. Dion, general manager of GTE's PCS Group. "The purpose of this trial is to determine how a wireless environment changes the way businesses and their employees function. By analyzing efficiencies and benefits of mobility in the workplace, GTE and the other trial participants will be better able to meet the communications needs of a new wireless business environment."


Tele-Go Business ServiceSM combines portability and advanced functions
 The service, called Tele-Go Business ServiceSM, combines the ultimate in broad-area portability with all the functions customers expect from their PBX or Centrex systems.
 The trial, which concludes December 1993, is the second phase of GTE's ongoing PCS market research program being jointly conducted by GTE Mobilnet, Inc., Contel Cellular Inc. (NASDAQ: CCXLA), GTE Telephone Operations, GTE Laboratories, Northern Telecom Inc. and OKIR telecom.
 Participants in the wireless PBX trial, which begins today in Nashville, Tenn., include Northern Telecom's Nashville Repair and Distribution Center and the Opryland USA convention and entertainment complex.
 "Opryland has always strived to provide superior service to its quests," said Rick Stanfield, director of operations, Opryland Hotel. "This enhanced service will allow our key personnel to be even more responsive to hotel guests and exhibitors no matter where they are within the Opryland complex."
 Participants in the wireless Centrex trial, which began in December 1992 in the Research Triangle Park area in Durham, N.C., include Underwriter Labs (UL), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and GTE South.
 The Tele-Go Business Service is providing business customers in- building wireless coverage as well as wide-area portable access to existing PBX or Centrex services such as voice mail and intracompany four- or five-digit extension dialing and long distance access.
 System to provide dual-use of business and portable phone
 The wireless service is provided as an extension of the user's existing desk telephone -- sharing the same telephone number -- and provides dual-ringing of both phones with no significant changes to the customer's existing phone system. Users can operate either phone while at their desks, or take the wireless handset with them to receive or originate calls from anywhere within the extended wireless-coverage area.
 Customers have coverage within their office building -- or "campus area" -- for a flat monthly rate and can continue to use the service when away from this area for a nominal per-minute "premium area" charge. It provides four- or five-digit dialing and PBX/Centrex features such as conference calling, call transfer and call waiting/hold, throughout the extended PCS coverage area. It also provides dual-ringing features of the desk set and the portable handset. This dual-ringing capability is provided through a prototype cellular mobility node, developed and manufactured by Northern Telecom.
 Small, lightweight handsets, manufactured by OKI telecom and specially modified for the trial by GTE, are used to provide service to customers. The display screen on the handset notifies the user when he or she is in the campus area or in a premium area.
 The study will analyze benefits to functional groups with varied responsibilities within different market segments and help determine the value of wireless mobility. Additional factors which influence final purchase decisions are also being studied.
 First phase launched in August, 1992 - Tampa, Fla.
 In August 1992, GTE launched the nation's largest trial of wireless residential service in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. The 3,000-unit trial, which also concludes December 1993, will provide data on residential consumer preferences and buying decision criteria.
 GTE is the fourth-largest publicly owned telecommunications company in the world. It is the largest U.S.-based local telephone company and the second-largest cellular-service provider in the United States.
 Northern Telecom is the leading global supplier of fully digital telecommunications systems. The corporation conducts business in more than 90 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific Rim. Northern Telecom provides products and services to the telecommunications industry, businesses, universities, governments and other institutions worldwide.
 OKI telecom and its sister companies OKIDATA and OKI Semiconductor, form OKI America, Inc. The company manufactures and markets a full line of cellular telephones and automotive electronics modules from its facility in suburban Atlanta at 437 Old Peachtree Road, Suwannee, Georgia, 30174.
 OKIR telecom is a registered trademark of OKI Electric Industry Co., Limited.
 Tele-GoSM is a service mark of GTE Mobile Communications.
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