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CIBERNET LAUNCHES FIRST ON-LINE ROAMING DATABASE TO ENABLE CARRIERS TO EXCHANGE INFO AND IMPROVE SERVICE

WASHINGTON, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- CIBERNET Corporation today announced the launch of the wireless industry's first on-line roaming database that will enable carriers to easily and cost-efficiently exchange information in near real-time to support wireless calling for customers outside of their home carrier area -- known as roaming. CIBERNET is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CTIA, the international wireless industry association. CIBERNET provides financial settlement services and assists in the development of industry standards for intercarrier exchange of billing data.

Available May 13, CORD (CIBERNET On-line Roaming Database), is a centralized software system created expressly for wireless carriers to meet growing customer demand for greater roaming capabilities and to provide faster service to new roaming customers. The software system automates the process by which carriers can update the technical information, roaming agreements and market data required to provide each other's customers with roaming services.

"CORD sets the standard which will revolutionize the way the industry shares and manages roaming data," said Thomas E. Wheeler, CTIA's president and CEO. "Roaming has grown by 35 percent a year -- forcing carriers to spend too much time and money to keep up with demand through traditional methods, CORD delivers an automated solution that will help the entire industry provide customers with ubiquitous, reliable roaming services."

The CORD System

Developed by CIBERNET in cooperation with CSC Consulting & Systems Integration, CORD is designed to be used by roaming partners, clearing-houses, billing vendors and other organizations with a need for timely and accurate roaming information. Wireless carriers' information, including updates, are entered only once into the CORD system by the carrier to reduce risk of errors. Access to each carrier's data is immediately available to their authorized roaming partners and vendors. Carriers define their roaming agreements on a market-to-market basis. Visibility to the carriers proprietary data is restricted to those they define as roaming partners or authorized vendors.

Communicating With CORD

Access to CORD is via modem from user workstations. A 28.8 kilobit per second modem speed is recommended for maximum performance. Any computer equipped with communications software that supports VT 100 terminal emulation can communicate with CORD-including IBM-compatible PCs, MACs, UNIX systems, VAX and others.

Pricing and Training

Users will be charged an annual fee -- based on the amount of stored information, number of roaming partners and service areas -- starting at $1,000. CIBERNET will hold CORD training classes beginning May 13.

CIBERNET successfully completed user acceptance testing of the new system in April with representatives from AT&T Wireless Services, Comcast Cellular Communications, Inc., Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, EDS Personal Communications and International Telecommunication Data Systems.

CTIA, formed in 1984, is the leading international organization of the wireless communications industry, both wireless carriers and manufacturers. The membership of the association includes all Commercial Mobile Radio Service providers, including cellular, personal communications services, enhanced specialized mobile radio, and mobile satellite services.
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