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GTE REACHES 1 MILLION CELLULAR CUSTOMER MILESTONE

 ATLANTA, Nov. 19 ~PRNewswire~ -- GTE Mobile Communications today announced that GTE now serves 1 million cellular subscribers through its cellular companies, GTE Mobilnet and Contel Cellular (NASDAQ: CCXLA).
 According to Paul Kozlowski, president of GTE Mobile Communications: "This is a very important milestone for us. As the second-largest cellular-service provider in the U.S., GTE is pleased to report this significant growth in our subscriber base, reflecting both cellular's increasing popularity and the expansion of our cellular systems nationwide."
 Kozlowski said GTE's cellular subscriber levels are in keeping with an industrywide gain in the usage of cellular telephone service. According to the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), the cellular industry added 1.3 million new subscribers during the first six months of this year, the largest number of users ever added during a six-month period. That growth in the nationwide industry subscriber count has now climbed to nearly 10 million.
 "The fact that we've reached a million customers is significant in light of industry statistics," Kozlowski added. "It means that GTE's cellular companies now serve approximately 10 percent of the entire U.S. cellular subscriber base."
 Kozlowski added that GTE has made a substantial investment in cellular service. "Since we inaugurated our first system in 1984, GTE has invested millions of dollars and built hundreds of cell sites to provide our customers with quality service. Now, with advancing technologies, we're providing not only cellular telephone service, but data and other services as well via our established cellular networks. GTE's 1 million cellular customers milestone is an important reminder of our accomplishment as part of an entirely new communications technology established within the past decade."
 GTE Mobilnet is a wholly-owned GTE subsidiary, comprised of five regions across the U.S. Contel Cellular is a 90 percent-owned GTE subsidiary, comprising two additional regions. Both companies receive support services, such as finance and accounting, marketing, technology, human resources, information management, etc., from GTE Mobile Communications.
 GTE (NYSE: GTE) is the fourth-largest, publicly-owned telecommunications company in the world. With approximately $20 billion in revenues in 1991, the corporation is the largest U.S.-based local telephone company and the second-largest cellular-service provider in the United States.
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 ~CONTACT: Jeff Keller, 404-391-8358, or Susan Asher, 404-804-3800, both of GTE Mobile Communications~
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