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NEW CELLULAR TELEPHONE COMPANY ANNOUNCED

 NEW CELLULAR TELEPHONE COMPANY ANNOUNCED
 SAN DIEGO, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A new cellular telephone company


was announced today by its president, David D. Otten. The new company, called Celsat, Inc., is an affiliate of Titan Corporation (NYSE: TTN) and will offer satellite and ground-based cellular telephone service. Otten is leading a team of communication experts in a brand-new approach to the mobile communications market.
 "We think of ourselves as David taking on Goliath where we have a substantial technological advantage," said Otten. "We are the upstarts coming in with an approach which is going to offer vastly improved services to mobile customers including full U.S. coverage (without roaming charges), high speed fax and digital data, position determination and even video! Our costs are extremely low. For example, our satellite cost for a voice circuit is less than 1 cent per minute. No one else comes close to this! We will charge our subscribers less than 25 cents a minute to use our satellite, whereas others have stated that they would charge up to $3 a minute. They have publicly proposed satellite investments in the billions!"
 Celsat's announcement of its entry into the field was timed to coincide with the company's filing a request for pioneer's preference with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Subject to obtaining an experimental license from the FCC, Celsat plans to offer initial ground cell service in 1993.
 "We entered the market because we could identify real areas for improvement for the existing cellular communication situation," according to Otten. "Roaming (using a cellular telephone outside the home area) is expensive and cumbersome. In addition, coverage of the entire United States is economically impractical. Using satellites solves the coverage problem, but the systems proposed prior to this would have much higher costs. In addition, some cellular areas, including New York City and Los Angeles, are reaching saturation. Broadband digital capability does not exist. Our new service is going to address each of these issues and provide other useful features that are not available or even planned.
 "Through the use of newly patented digital and satellite technology, Celsat intends to leapfrog existing and planned wireless communications systems with a next generation of high performance, low cost hybrid satellite and ground based communications," Otten continued. "We are in position to capitalize on the most recent high technology developments. Celsat plans to make its market entry offering a high speed digital network for voice, data, fax and position determination services to prove the spectrum efficiency, cost reduction, and high performance capabilities made possible by its technology."
 Celsat's mobile telephone will offer the following features:
 -- Lower subscriber charges. The unique combination of technologies permits lower subscriber charges.
 -- No roaming charges. Once the first satellite is launched for the system, roaming will be fully automatic, both initiating and receiving calls anywhere in the United States on land, sea or air.
 -- Very high quality voice service. The unit will eliminate crosstalk and reduce dropout and fading found in current cellular service.
 -- Position locater service. The service makes it possible to find the mobile telephone anyplace in the country -- land, water or air.
 -- High quality, broadband, two-way "omnibus" messaging. Celsat's approach allows for information exchange between mobile terminals at variable bit rates. This includes faxes (conventional and high speed) and digital data up to 144 kbits/second.
 -- Privacy. Neither conversations nor messages can be understood by an electronic eavesdropper.
 -- Video. Compressed video will be offered for picture phone or other specialized uses.
 The proposed system will provide a structure of cells ranging from typical ground cellular clusters to "super-cells" comprised of the ground footprints of a multi-beam satellite antenna. The system will utilize state-of-the-art very large multi-beam antenna technology to achieve a network of more than 100 beams that form corresponding "super- cells" which provide full coverage for mobile and stationery users anywhere within the United States. These "super-cells" will be easily and seamlessly augmented by new ground cellular stations. The system concept incorporates the best features of ground-based and satellite- based systems in a fully-compatible complementary cellular-like network which will be virtually transparent to the end user.
 "Celsat will initiate a new era in mobile communications," Otten pointed out. "We will use proven 1990s technology to rapidly field a 21st century system, and we will also reduce prices."
 Celsat, Inc., specializes in advancing the state of the art in communications, position determination and identification for mobile terminals.
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 /CONTACT: Lori Wesdell of Celsat, 619-552-9433/
 (TTN) CO: Celsat, Inc.; The Titan Corporation ST: California IN: TLS SU: TNM


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