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MDSI Selected By Cablevision Systems Corporation for Advantex-Telecommunications Solution.

Enterprisewide wireless communications solution from MDSI will mobile-

enable the field workforce and help strengthen customer service standards

RICHMOND, B.C., Oct. 7 /CNW-PRN/ - MDSI Mobile Data Solutions Inc. (MDSI) of Richmond, British Columbia (Nasdaq: MDSIF; TSE, ME: MMD) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Cablevision Systems Corporation (Cablevision) of Woodbury, NY (ASE: CVC), one of the leading telecommunications and entertainment companies in the U.S., for the pilot of an enterprisewide Advantex(TM)-Telecommunications solution.

Advantex-Telecommunications is a mobile workforce management and wireless connectivity solution that spurs process improvements, productivity gains, and higher standards of customer care for organizations with remote workforces. With advanced appointment scheduling, call takers are able to quickly respond to service requests and offer customers convenient, specific appointment times. Because the system allows the organization to match the type of service to the required skill set, customers receive service from a technician with the expertise to complete the order on the initial visit. Automatic workload distribution enables dispatchers to serve larger workforces over greater service territories, and allows them to focus on exception or emergency conditions. In addition, with map-based dispatching capabilities, dispatchers have a geographic representation of all activity at their fingertips. During the day, they can monitor ``at-a-glance'' the progress of technicians and reprioritize orders automatically when required.

In the field, real-time wireless communications increase productivity by allowing field technicians to literally take their offices on the road. Instead of stopping at the office, field technicians can start the day from home by simply signing on to in-vehicle mobile computers for their lists of orders. During the day, valuable time is not consumed by deciphering voice instructions, traveling to incorrect addresses, or waiting on the phone or radio for someone in the office to check order information. Field technicians have real-time access to customer profiles and order information, in addition to the latest marketing and promotional information on enhanced service offerings.

MDSI(TM) was selected by Cablevision after an extensive evaluation of vendor offerings. Eugene Bohan, Corporate Director Field Service, Cablevision, relates the company's business needs to the Advantex-Telecommunications implementation: ``Cablevision's continued success is driven by the vision to deliver the highest quality customer service for our video, telephone and Internet products while continuing to improve efficiency. Cablevision is committed to progressive technological advancements such as MDSI's Advantex-Telecommunications to help us realize the customer satisfaction levels and operating efficiencies required to differentiate ourselves from our competitors.''

The system will initially be rolled out to field technicians serving customers in the Woodbury area before the end of the year. All types of activity in the field will be supported, including installation of service, additions and changes to service, repairs, special requests, and signal leakage and channel level management. The mobile workforce will use a combination of rugged, in-vehicle mobile computers by Telxon and Intermec Technologies Corporation, Norand Mobile Systems Division.

In addition, Advantex-Telecommunications will be initially integrated with Cablevision's primary billing system (CableData) using an MDSI-developed interface through CableData's Mobile Vantage Gateway. MDSI's Advantex-Telecommunications' ability to integrate with CableData allows cable operators to preserve their investments in key information technology.

For Erik Dysthe, Chairman & CEO of MDSI, the Cablevision Systems partnership is a further endorsement of MDSI's undisputed leadership position in the cable industry: ``MDSI continues to enjoy tremendous success in the cable industry with Advantex-Telecommunications. In only 18 months, MDSI has assembled an impressive roster of cable companies, and we are especially pleased to have the opportunity to add Cablevision Systems Corporation, one of the largest cable operators in the U.S., to our rapidly growing customer base. Advantex-Telecommunications will help Cablevision meet its objectives of superior service to all customers in its media markets.''

MDSI continues to win the acceptance of telecommunications and cable companies worldwide for its Advantex-Telecommunications mobile workforce management and wireless connectivity solutions and skill at implementing enterprisewide customer solutions.

About Cablevision

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Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation's leading telecommunications and entertainment companies, and one of the largest operators of cable television systems in the United States. Cablevision serves more than 3.4 million cable customers with major operations in the New York, Boston, and Cleveland metropolitan areas. Its subsidiary, Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., manages entertainment, news and sports programming, and is a 50-percent partner in Fox Sports Net. The Company owns a majority interest in Madison Square Garden L.P., which includes the arena complex, the New York Knicks, the New York Rangers, as well as the MSG Network. Its Radio City Entertainment manages the operations of New York's famed Radio City Music Hall, and holds a long-term lease on the property. Cablevision Lightpath, a wholly owned subsidiary, provides telephone service to more than 1,000 businesses on Long Island and in Connecticut, while Optimum Online offers high-speed online and Internet access via cable modems to customers in the New York metro area. Cablevision also owns and operates the Nobody Beats The Wiz stores.

About MDSI

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MDSI is a global leader in the development and implementation of mobile workforce management and wireless connectivity solutions to companies in the utility, telecommunications, cable, taxi, courier, field service, and public safety industries. MDSI's Advantex solutions allow companies with geographically dispersed mobile workforces to close the gap between enterprise systems and the field. Advantex empowers users across the organization with real-time access to critical information, enhances the cost-effectiveness and productivity of mobile workforces, and offers improved and innovative means of serving customers. Advantex combines sophisticated appointment scheduling, intelligent automatic order distribution, map-based dispatching, wireless data communications, mobile computing, and comprehensive reporting capabilities, and is seamlessly integrated with corporate networks, applications, and databases to provide enterprisewide solutions. With a proven implementation track record, MDSI differentiates itself with industry leading software products, professional services, and strategic business alliances to ensure the success of customers' end-to-end solutions. MDSI is the choice of industry leaders such as: AT&T Wireless Services, Boston Edison Company, Cox Communications, DHL Worldwide Express, Illinois Power Company, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Pacific Gas & Electric, PECO Energy Company, Radio Taxis of London, San Diego Gas & Electric, and TeleDanmark.

Founded in 1993, MDSI has operations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. MDSI mobile workforce management and wireless connectivity solutions empower field personnel in over 25 countries worldwide.

MDSI and Advantex are trademarks of MDSI Mobile Data Solutions Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains statements that constitute ``forward looking statements'' within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results.

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