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CELLULAR INDUSTRY CONTINUES STRONG GROWTH DESPITE RECESSION; CELLULAR ONE OF NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY MIRRORS NATIONAL GROWTH TREND

 CELLULAR INDUSTRY CONTINUES STRONG GROWTH DESPITE RECESSION;
 CELLULAR ONE OF NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY MIRRORS NATIONAL GROWTH TREND
 NEW YORK, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite the recession, the cellular industry continued its pattern of strong growth with a 17.7 percent increase in customers over the first six months of 1992. The findings were released in a report by the Cellular Telephone Industry Association (CTIA).
 Cellular One of New York/New Jersey, and it's parent companies, McCaw Cellular and LIN Broadcasting (which is 52 percent owned by McCaw), saw 16 percent growth in its customer base over the period covered by the report. Both Cellular One and McCaw/LIN, the nation's leading cellular company, have paralleled the industry's pattern of strong growth. According to the CTIA, there are now 8.9 million cellular customers nationwide.
 McCaw recently released second quarter results which showed a 38 percent increase over the prior year, bringing their total number of customers to nearly two million. McCaw also announced a 29 percent increase in revenues and 41 percent increase in cash flow over the same quarter a year ago.
 "I believe that our continued growth in a down economy represents a strong vote of confidence form the market and our customers," said Tim Donahue, president and general manager of Cellular One of New York/New Jersey. "We will continue to invest in the company and improve our network in order to make Cellular One of New York/New Jersey the best system in the country."
 The industry also reported a 16.2 percent increase in employment among cellular carriers, raising the total number of American's employed in the cellular industry to 26,327. Employment at Cellular One of New York/New Jersey increased almost 35 percent, bringing its total number of employees to 750. McCaw/LIN employs nearly 6,000 people in cellular.
 The report also said that the industry's cumulative capital investment climbed to more than $9 billion. In the past 18 months, McCaw/LIN has invested $150 million in improving the New York/New Jersey system. The figure is part of the $250 million McCaw/LIN has planned to invest in the New York/New Jersey system over the next five years.
 CTIA is the trade association of the cellular industry, representing carriers that serve more than 95 percent of America's cellular subscribers. The association conducts a nationwide canvas of cellular carriers every six months.
 In New York, Cellular One serves the five boroughs of New York City, Suffolk and Nassau counties in Long Island, Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties. In New Jersey, it serves Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union counties.
 Cellular One's parent companies, McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc. and LIN Broadcasting, are the nation's leading cellular service providers. McCaw has ownership positions in more than 100 cities across the country.
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