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MCI AND APC TO LAUNCH NATIONAL PCS TEST

 WASHINGTON, June 28 /PRNewswire/ - MCI and American Personal Communications (APC) announced today that they are jointly conducting a technology trial that will demonstrate the ability of Personal Communications Services (PCS) to provide seamless, interoperable national service. Other participants of the trial include: Telecable, of Norfolk, Va.; and QUALCOMM Incorporated, of San Diego, providers of the Code Division Multiple Access, (CDMA), technology and equipment.
 PCS, a broad range of individualized telecommunications services which enable consumers to communicate regardless of location, will allow a new category of wireless voice and data communications utilizing lightweight "pocket" telephones and hand-held computers. MCI plans to conduct a series of PCS trials, which will demonstrate various technical capabilities required to enable a nationwide PCS service.
 This trial will allow participants to make and receive calls automatically for the first time, without the manual registration requirements of today's cellular services. This trial represents the first demonstration of nationwide seamless roaming, which enables PCS users to communicate, from any location, without having to identify their whereabouts to the system. A second element of the trial includes interoperability, the ability to use a phone in any local operating area to call another party in a different area.
 "This trial demonstrates how PCS is delivering on its claim that people can be reached anywhere, anytime they choose, without having to identify their new location to a system," said Gerald H. Taylor, president of MCI Consumer Markets. "This test will ultimately provide enormous advantages for consumers, making PCS a more flexible and user- friendly service compared to today's cumbersome cellular offerings."
 To date, trials at the PCS frequency have allowed users the local mobility of a wireless telephone without roaming or interoperability. MCI holds an experimental license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to conduct nationwide testing in the 1850-1990 MHz band. APC holds an experimental license for the Washington/Baltimore area.
 "This interoperability trial is another important step toward the commercial deployment of PCS," said Al Grimes, president of APC. "Through trials such as these, PCS will demonstrate that it provides the high quality, accessible service the American consumer deserves."
 Test cities for the first phase of the trials will be Dallas and Washington, where MCI and APC will integrate their respective PCS systems. In Washington, APC will use its existing QUALCOMM system, which has been in operation since October, 1992. In Dallas, MCI will construct, test, and operate its own PCS system, working with TeleCable, one of the 20 largest cable providers in the nation. Trial participants in the Washington and Dallas areas will include employees from both MCI and APC. The handsets will be provided by QUALCOMM of San Diego, and will resemble portable units available in the wireless market today. MCI and APC plan to submit progress reports to the FCC every 90 days.
 In both cities, CDMA will be the radio transmission technology used. This access technology, pioneered by QUALCOMM, uses digital techniques to provide significant user benefits, such as sound quality which is much clearer than analog cellular, as well as seamless hand-off from cell to cell. CDMA hand-off is totally transparent to the customer with almost no chance of lost connection, unlike cellular, where cell hand-off is easily discernible to the customer and sometimes results in dropped or lost calls.
 APC, a limited partnership between American Personal Communications, Inc. and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) located in Washington, received the first PCS experimental license from the FCC in February of 1990. APC has developed the Frequency Agile Sharing Technology system, which allows PCS networks to share spectrum with existing microwave users without interference. APC has been conducting additional market and technical trials since 1991.
 QUALCOMM Incorporated develops, manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based on digital wireless technology. QUALCOMM's products include the OmniTRACS system, digital wireless telephone systems and products based on Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology. The company also develops and markets a range of Very Large Scale Integrated Circuit (VLSI) devices.
 MCI, headquartered in Washington, is the nation's second largest long-distance provider. MCI, the fastest growing carrier of international traffic among the top 20 largest international carriers, supports sales and services in 12 languages, and offers clear, high quality direct dial service to over 250 countries and places. MCI offers consumers savings and superior customer service through a number of products and services including: Friends & Family, The MCI VideoPhone, MCI PrimeTime, MCI HomeConnect, MCI Friends Around The World, MCI Call USA, and the MCI Card.
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 /CONTACT: Kate Fralin of MCI, 800-436-9749; Scott Schelle of APC, 202-296-0005; Bob Warren of QUALCOMM, 619-587-1121; or Alfred Ritter of Telecable, 804-624-5006/
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