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MTEL COMMENTS ON NWN REGULATORY FILINGS

 JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobile Telecommunication Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ-NMS: MTEL) has been advised that certain unsuccessful applicants have filed judicial appeals challenging the action of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) awarding Mtel a final Pioneer's Preference for Mtel's two-way nationwide wireless messaging network (NWN), and have sought reconsideration by the FCC of the denial of their own requests for a Pioneer's Preference. Mtel stated that these filings would not impede the company's plans to develop, construct, and operate NWN.
 The final Pioneer's Preference, the first awarded by the FCC for commercial service, was granted to Mtel in June in recognition of its innovative two-way messaging technology and the potential benefit of this advanced service to the American public. The company intends to file a formal license application to construct NWN as soon as permitted under the FCC's rules, and commencement of commercial operations is subject to the receipt of such license.
 "These filings are not unexpected and unfortunately are a common response to unsuccessful applicants in the regulatory process," John N. Palmer, chairman and chief executive officer of Mtel, said. "We believe that the FCC has acted consistent with the record and its authority under the Communications Act, and that these actions are without merit. We will continue our efforts to make NWN a commercial reality within two years."
 NWN, utilizing Mtel's proprietary messaging technology and software, will enable people to both send and receive messages on notebook and palmtop computers, as well as other lightweight, multi-purpose computing and communication devices. In addition, the system enables subscribers to confirm receipt of messages, using pocket-sized acknowledgment receivers, currently under development.
 Mobile Telecommunication Technologies Corp., headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is engaged in businesses which include nationwide paging and voice messaging services (provided through SkyTel Corp.) in the United States; nationwide paging services provided through joint venture companies in the United Kingdom and Mexico; other investments in international messaging through Mtel International; and an investment in American Mobile Satellite Corp. (AMSC). SkyTel Corp., based in Washington, D.C., is the principal subsidiary of Mtel and the leading nationwide wireless messaging company in the U.S. Mtel, which is quoted on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol MTEL, had 1992 revenue of $112.6 million and 291,300 units in service worldwide as of June 30, 1993.
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