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MTEL RECEIVES TENTATIVE FCC 'PIONEER'S PREFERENCE' FOR A TWO-WAY, NATIONWIDE WIRELESS NETWORK

 MTEL RECEIVES TENTATIVE FCC 'PIONEER'S PREFERENCE'
 FOR A TWO-WAY, NATIONWIDE WIRELESS NETWORK
 JACKSON, Miss., July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobile Telecommunication Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ-NMS: MTEL) said today that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted the company a tentative "Pioneer's Preference" for a two-way "Nationwide Wireless Network" (NWN) in the United States.
 Under FCC policies, a Pioneer's Preference allows the FCC to grant a preference in licensing to those parties that are responsible for major advances in telecommunications technology.
 The decision, if reaffirmed in the adoption of certain rules and policies by the FCC, would allow Mtel to use spectrum in the 930-931 MHz band to operate a Nationwide Wireless Network (NWN) in the United States. The network, when constructed, will enable users to both send and receive wireless messages using laptops, palmtops and personal organizers, as well as new two-way, pager-sized messaging devices that are currently being developed. The proposed NWN will rely on technology developed by Mtel for transmitting data at far greater speeds than conventional wireless messaging systems.
 "Since 1987, Mtel has been a pioneer in the development of one-way, nationwide wireless messaging in the United States and we are very pleased that this FCC decision recognizes our efforts to break new ground in two-way wireless communications," said Jai P. Bhagat, executive vice president of Mtel. "We envision that our planned network would provide mation data bases by the mid-1990s."
 The decision marks the first award of a tentative Pioneer's Preference for a Personal Communications System (PCS) and the first for a commercial system of any kind. The FCC recognized Mtel for its "contribution" and selected the company from a field of more than 100 companies that applied for a Pioneer's Preference. Significantly, if ratified by the FCC in a final decision, the preference will give Mtel the right to proceed with its new service without being subject to mutually exclusive competing applications. The FCC announced it will conduct a proceeding to determine the rules that will govern operation of a PCS, the service under which NWN will operate.
 Mobile Telecommunication Technologies Corp., based in Jackson, is engaged in businesses that include nationwide paging and voice messaging (provided through SkyTel Corp.) in the United States; nationwide paging services in the United Kingdom, investments in international messaging services through Mtel International; an investment in American Mobile Satellite Corp. (AMSC) and other businesses.
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 /CONTACT: David Allan or Kathleen Baum of Burson-Marsteller, 212-614-5163, or 212-614-4239, both for Mobile Telecommunication Technologies/
 (MTEL) CO: Mobile Telecommunication Technologies Corp. ST: Mississippi IN: TLS SU:


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