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IDB MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS INTRODUCES OCEANCELL -- A REVOLUTIONARY LOW-PRICED SATELLITE PHONE SERVICE FOR MARITIME VESSELS

Press Conference Scheduled for Dec. 2 at the International WorkBoat Show
 in New Orleans to Announce Upcoming IDB Service
 LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- IDB MOBILE Communications, a unit of IDB Communications Group Inc. (NASDAQ: IDBX) will announce OCEANCELL, a revolutionary satellite telephone service affordable by all ships at sea, at a press conference held during the 1993 International WorkBoat Show, hosted by Jon Klein, president of IDB MOBILE, John Marra, vice president, sales for IDB MOBILE, and Maureen Lalor, marketing manager for AMSC. The press conference is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Nottoway B Room, 300 Canal St., New Orleans, LA.
 OCEANCELL will utilize the most-powerful commercial mobile communications satellite ever built. AMSC, which is licensed by the FCC to provide mobile satellite services to the U.S. market, is scheduled to launch this new satellite in late 1994.
 Because the satellite is so powerful, the size of the antenna on the mobile is much smaller, and the cost is much lower than that needed for the current Inmarsat phones. IDB MOBILE Communications has signed a major value added


service provider agreement with AMSC under which IDB will provide service to the maritime industry.
 OCEANCELL phone service will allow ships at sea to place and receive private and secure phone calls for a fraction of current costs through Inmarsat. Whereas Inmarsat A costs $7 to $10 per minute and Inmarsat M costs $5.50 per minute, the cost through OCEANCELL satellite phone service will be as low as $1.50 per minute during peak times. With OCEANCELL, making and receiving phone calls from sea will be as easy as making a call from home. With virtually complete North American coverage extending 200 miles offshore including Alaska, the Caribbean, and Canada, most tugs, barges, fishing and offshore supply vessels will be in range of OCEANCELL at all times. OCEANCELL will also provide fax, data and GPS capabilities.
 To use OCEANCELL, the vessel will need a small transceiver and an antenna unit. The system will come with its own handset, and can be expected to range from $3,000 up to $4,000 depending on features and antenna type. Westinghouse and Mitsubishi are both licensed to build phones that will work with the OCEANCELL service.
 IDB MOBILE will utilize OCEANCELL to complete its second generation of mobile services. In the Summer of 1994, customers will be able to utilize IDB MOBILE's Inmarsat M service in all four ocean regions "at a cost of $5 per minute or less," says Klein, president of IDB MOBILE. "When a vessel comes within the OCEANCELL coverage area as it approaches U.S. waters, it will be able to switch over to our OCEANCELL service at a cost of $1.50 per minute."
 John Marra, IDB MOBILE's vice president of sales, explained, "Satellite-based OCEANCELL will allow vessels trading in the inland waters and U.S. Gulf to utilize high-quality satellite communications, using a mobile phone number and receiving a single bill, often at rates lower than their present cellular bill."
 IDB Communications Group Inc. is a global telecommunications company that operates a domestic and international communications network providing its customers with radio and television transmission services, international private line and long distance telephone services, facsimile and data connections, mobile satellite communications capabilities and the design and integration of satellite networks worldwide.
 For more information, contact, IDB MOBILE Communications at 202-973-5100.
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 /CONTACT: Jon Klein, president, IDB Mobile, 504-581-1300 (at WorkBoat show 12/2-12/3), or 202-973-5100 (office); Earl Galleher, of AMSC, 703-758-6230; or Lori Gutknecht of IDB public relations, 213-240-3758/
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