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ARCH ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE PAGING COMPANY IN NEW ENGLAND

 WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Arch Communications Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APGR) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of a privately owned paging company in New England. The acquisition is expected to add more than 15,000 subscribers to Arch's current subscriber base of more than 278,000. The acquired company will be folded into Arch's Page New England division.
 The agreement, the terms of which were not disclosed, is subject to review and approval by the Federal Communications Commission. Arch expects that this process will take approximately 60 to 90 days to be completed.
 Chief Executive Officer C. Edward Baker, Jr. stated, "This acquisition, which will be our twenty-fourth since September 1986, represents an important component of Arch's expansion strategy to focus on growth through external and internal means. This property is an attractive fold-in acquisition within our existing area of operations. We expect that it will be integrated into our business in the most cost-efficient manner, thereby offering us a meaningful opportunity to increase our market share in the New England region.
 "By complimenting the rapid growth in our existing businesses through new market expansions and acquisitions, we have become one of the fastest growing companies in the paging industry," continued Baker. "This growth is reflected in the approximately 25,000 net new subscribers we added in our most recent quarter."
 Arch Communications Group is one of the largest and fastest growing paging companies in the country, providing paging services in 13 states, serving primarily middle and small market areas with populations ranging from 250,000 to 1,000,000. The company's operations are organized into 5 business units operating as Page New England; Page New York; Page Michigan; Page South in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia; and Interlink Paging in Florida and Louisiana.
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 /CONTACT: William A. Wilson, vp/finance and CFO of Arch Communications, 508-898-0962/
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