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BELLSOUTH INAUGURATES PAN-AMERICAN CELLULAR ROAMING

 BELLSOUTH INAUGURATES PAN-AMERICAN CELLULAR ROAMING
 ACAPULCO, Mexico, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- BellSouth International (BSI) announced today at Americas Telecom that in the second half of 1992 it will offer cellular roaming between its five Latin America cellular properties and its cellular operations in the U.S.
 Roaming service lets cellular customers use their cellular phones in other markets (i.e., Latin America subscribers visiting the United States).
 As an initial step, BellSouth announced that it will immediately begin a trial involving about 100 customers from its Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Caracas, Venezuela operations to its U.S. operations, using Miami as the gateway. The trial is expected to last up to three months.
 BSI already offers international roaming between its Argentian and Uruguayan affiliates, with more than 1,000 customers using the service since its inauguration in December 1991.
 "As the leader in mobile communications throughout the Americas, BellSouth is well-positioned to lead the cellular industry toward a seamless roaming market in Latin America," said Brian Hailes, vice president-Latin America for BellSouth International. "Our presence in five Latin American countries and in over 50 U.S. markets gives us a competitive advantage which we intend to turn into a real benefit for our customers throughout the continent."
 To manage the international roaming business, BellSouth has announced the appointment of Doug Hursey as director, Latin America roaming. Hursey began his career in 1961 with the former Bell System, and since then has held various positions in the telecommunications industry.
 In a related move, BSI, on behalf of its associated companies in Latin America, today became a founding member of ALACELL, a Latin America cellular association.
 BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) is a world leader in mobile communications, with a presence if five continents. In Latin America, BellSouth provides cellular communications in Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina.
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 /CONTACT: Maria Schnabel of BellSouth International, 404-249-4877, or Tim Klein of BellSouth Enterprises, 404-249-4135/
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