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DIGITAL, RAM, AND BELLSOUTH AGREE TO DEVELOP MOBILE DATA COMMUNICATIONS WORLDWIDE

 DIGITAL, RAM, AND BELLSOUTH AGREE TO DEVELOP
 MOBILE DATA COMMUNICATIONS WORLDWIDE
 ATLANTA, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC), RAM Mobile Data, and BellSouth Enterprises, Inc. today announced a worldwide agreement to provide mobile data solutions based on the Mobitex mobile packet radio network.
 Under the agreement, Digital will offer two-way wireless electronic mail to its more than 3 million existing ALL-IN-1 integrated office system customers. Digital is developing a version of its Mobilizer for ALL-IN-1 software that will enable users of portable MS-DOS PCs to access ALL-IN-1 electronic mail applications without a connection to a telephone outlet.
 Digital plans to provide the same services on the Mobitex mobile network in the United Kingdom. In addition, wireless electronic mail services will be offered to customers in several other countries where RAM and BellSouth plan to operate Mobitex networks. Digital's wireless electronic mail offering will be available in the first quarter of calendar year 1993.
 Digital also announced the DECmobile program, under which the company will deliver fully integrated, end-to-end mobile data communications solutions that extend enterprise computing networks to mobile users. The announcements were made at the ICA telecommunications industry conference held here May 18-21.
 "With these announcements, Digital is moving aggressively into the fast-growing mobile data market," said Ernst E. Wellhoener, vice president of Digital's Telecommunications Business Group. "We are supporting our commitment with substantial investments of time, money, and resources to build the kinds of mobile data solutions our customers require." Digital Becomes RAM Mobile Data Systems Integrator
 Under the DECmobile program, Digital will offer customers complete mobile data solutions, acting as systems integrator for RAM Mobile Data and other service providers. Digital will provide a single point of contact for customers seeking to benefit from new mobile data communications services.
 Digital is entering into business relationships with leading suppliers of radio modems, handheld PCs, and cellular devices. The company currently has relationships with Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, Fujitsu Personal Systems (formerly Poqet Computer Corporation), and Husky Computers, Inc.
 "The move into mobile data represents a natural progression for Digital, a leader in providing networked computer systems and one of the computer industry's foremost systems integrators," Wellhoener said. "Our ability to provide 'one-stop shopping' for mobile data solutions helps simplify what might otherwise be a difficult process for our customers, enabling them to get up-to-speed faster and more cost-effectively."
 Wellhoener said Digital chose Mobitex networks because they are feature-rich, sophisticated, and highly efficient. "And perhaps most important, the worldwide scope of Mobitex networks will enable us to meet the needs of today's multinational enterprises," Wellhoener added.
 Mike Harrell, president of BellSouth Mobile Data, Inc., said the alliance would enable mobile data network subscribers to take advantage of Digital's worldwide systems integration capabilities. "Aligning ourselves with an experienced systems integrator ensures our network subscribers have the most effective solutions," Harrell said. "We can now expand the market for Mobitex into a broad range of networked computer applications."
 Carl Robert Aron, chairman and CEO of RAM, said, "ALL-IN-1 is the world's leading host-based application that includes electronic mail. RAM's Mobitex network is the only mobile data network in operation which automatically delivers E-mail messages to mobile professionals wherever they are within the network service area. The marriage of Mobitex and Mobilizer for ALL-IN-1 was inevitable." Digital Develops Mobile Data Products and Programming Tools
 In addition to developing a wireless interface for its Mobilizer for ALL-IN-1 product, Digital is developing an open software architecture and a single set of application programming interfaces that will be available to software developers. The architecture and application programming interfaces, or APIs, facilitate the integration of new and existing mobile applications for RAM's and other service providers' networks. APIs make it easy for developers to write mobile data applications.
 BellSouth Mobile Data is a subsidiary of BellSouth Enterprises, Inc., the holding company that manages a group of companies for BellSouth Corporation that provide wireless telecommunications, advertising and publishing, and information-based services throughout the world.
 RAM Mobile Data operates a wireless data communications service in major metropolitan areas across the nation. Using RAM's service, companies exchange two-way messages and data with field personnel equipped with mobile, portable, or handheld terminals. RAM Mobile Data Ltd. operates a similar, compatible system in the United Kingdom. RAM's radio-based data communications network architecture is Mobitex, an international, open standard supplied by Ericsson.
 RAM has exclusive use of the Mobitex technology in the United States. Mobitex was developed by Ericsson Mobile Communications AB and Swedish Telecom. Digital and Ericsson last year signed a cooperation agreement under which the two companies will develop software tools for the integration of Digital's products with the Mobitex network.
 Digital Equipment Corporation, headquartered in Maynard, Massachusetts, is the leading worldwide supplier of networked computer systems, software and services. Digital pioneered and leads the industry in interactive, distributed and multivendor computing. Digital and its partners deliver the power to use the best integrated solutions - from desktop to data center - in open information environments. ---
 NOTE TO EDITORS: All-IN-1, DECmobile, the Digital logo, and Mobilizer for ALL-IN-1 are trademarks of Digital Equipment Corporation.
 Mobitex is a registered trademark of Swedish Telecom.
 MS-DOS is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 RAM Mobile Data's legal name is RAM Mobile DATA USA Limited Partnership.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Keener of Hill and Knowlton, 617-642-5971, for Digital; Donna Hayes of RAM, 212-373-1930, ICA Booth Number 1434; or Tim Klein of BellSouth, 404-249-4135/
 (DEC) CO: Digital Equipment Corporation; BellSouth Mobile Data; RAM ST: Massachusetts; Georgia IN: CPR TLS SU:


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