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BELLSOUTH AFFILIATE INAUGURATES COMMERCIAL GSM SERVICE IN DENMARK

 BELLSOUTH AFFILIATE INAUGURATES COMMERCIAL GSM SERVICE IN DENMARK
 ATLANTA, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Dansk MobilTelefon, a Danish company partially owned by BellSouth Enterprises, has inaugurated commercial GSM digital cellular service in Denmark under the trade name "Sonofon."
 Dansk MobilTelefon is one of the first competitive networks to turn up commercial GSM service. The company had been providing experimental service since March 1 on a trial basis while waiting for industry-wide approval of terminal equipment.
 GSM, which stands for Groupe Speciale Mobile, is a digital cellular standard that was created in Europe. Its main advantage is that, once implemented in all European countries, it will allow Europe to become a seamless cellular market, allowing users to use their cellular sets to make and receive calls automatically across country lines.
 Last year Dansk MobilTelefon was awarded a nationwide license to build and operate the second GSM network in Denmark, competing with the existing Tele Danmark Mobil cellular network. Sonofon service is now available in the greater Copenhagen area, North Zealand, Funen and portions of Jutland, and will be extended throughout Denmark, a country of 5 million, by the end of 1993.
 BellSouth has a 29 percent share in Dansk MobilTelefon. The other partners are GN Great Nordic (36 percent), which is Denmark's only private international telecommunications company; NordicTel (20 percent), a Scandinavian cellular telecommunications company; and Kryolitselskabet Oresund, a Danish investment company (15 percent). Sonofon plans to invest an estimated US$120 million (DKK 650 million) over the next 10 years to build and operate the cellular network.
 BellSouth is a U.S.-based international telecommunications company and a leader in the deployment of mobile communications, with more than 1.4 million cellular customers worldwide. Outside the U.S., BellSouth has interests in mobile systems in France (with Compagnie Generale des Eaux as the lead partner), the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Of those, Australia and New Zealand also involve cellular networks under the GSM standard.
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 /CONTACT: In the United States, Maria Schnabel of BellSouth International, 404-249-4877, or in Denmark, Ole Mikkelsen, managing director, or John Hoffman, COO, of Dansk MobilTelefon, 45-99-367000/
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