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Alaska Communications Systems CDMA Network Grows to Include Valdez.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. ("ACS") (NASDAQ:ALSK), Alaska's leading integrated communications provider, today announced the expansion of its CDMA mobile wireless voice and data network to Valdez.

"Valdez is an important part of our CDMA build-out plan," said Liane Pelletier, chief executive officer and president of Alaska Communications Systems. "With access to ACS' enhanced CDMA network, residents as well as tourists will be able to use their wireless products to access voice and data services. Our signal will also carry across the water toward the tankers docking at the terminus of the Trans-Alaska pipeline, which carries the state's oil to market. We have another CDMA site planned in the area for later this year to further expand coverage for our customers in the oil industry."

The new CDMA cell site is located in downtown Valdez. ACS' CDMA network provides mobile wireless voice and data, with 1xRTT data speeds peaking at 156 Kbps.

About CDMA

CDMA stands for Code Division Multiple Access. CDMA inherently provides the best voice quality, fastest wireless data speeds, greatest security through its coding, and GPS location capabilities. It is the most rapidly expanding wireless network technology in the world, with CDMA coverage throughout 70 countries, including on the continents of North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

About Valdez, Alaska

Valdez is home to roughly 4,400 people year-round. The town is located on Prince William Sound. Every year, according to the Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau, approximately 250,000 adventurous visitors head to Valdez in the summer and winter months to experience Alaska.

About Alaska Communications Systems

ACS is the leading integrated communications provider in Alaska, offering local telephone service, wireless, long distance, data, and Internet services to business and residential customers throughout Alaska. More information can be found on the company's website at or at its investor site at

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are based on current expectations and the current economic environment. The company cautions that these statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with ACS' business, please refer to the company's SEC filings, including, but not limited to, the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005. The company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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