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PCS 1900 WIRELESS PORTFOLIO ALLOWS OPERATORS TO BUILD COMPLETE PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS

 NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Northern Telecom has unveiled a complete wireless network portfolio for operation in the licensed personal communications services (PCS) frequency band made available in the U.S. last week by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Northern Telecom's PCS 1900 wireless portfolio, announced today at Telocator's 45th annual convention being held at the New Orleans Convention Center, is a complete public PCS digital network hardware and software solution, including mobility switches and controllers, radio base stations, SmartAntenna technology, and mobile telephone handsets for vehicle, in-building, and pedestrian use.
 "Our PCS 1900 wireless portfolio delivers high value services through a low-cost, proven network infrastructure," said Dave Twyver, group vice president, Wireless Systems, Northern Telecom.
 Northern Telecom's PCS 1900 network portfolio offers users a variety of advanced capabilities and services, including:
 -- nationwide roaming, allowing travelers to maintain all local services coast-to-coast.
 -- enhanced privacy through digital encryption.
 -- smart card authentication, to eliminate fraudulent use, and to allow travelers to "plug in" to and use mobile handsets in hotels, airports, convention centers, rental cars, shopping malls, etc., much like using a bank's automated teller machine.
 -- short message service for delivery of integrated voice and text messages and real-time, confirmed delivery paging.
 -- Centrex, CLASS, and custom calling services such as personal number, caller identification, call waiting, call forwarding, message waiting, and voice mail.
 -- data and facsimile services.
 "Our PCS 1900 portfolio will also improve on existing mobile solutions by offering greatly enhanced coverage in offices and homes," said Nancy White, vice president, marketing, PCS, Northern Telecom. "One PCS handset could take you from your office to your car to your home with no interruption in service."
 Northern Telecom's PCS 1900 wireless network portfolio is available today, and is being used by MCI in a PCS trial serving users in Washington and Dallas.
 Northern Telecom, a leading global telecommunications equipment manufacturer and researcher, offers a full PCS product portfolio, including all switching, radio, and software components essential to deploying licensed and unlicensed PCS networks.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Buford, 214-684-8512, or Frank McNally, 703-712-8374, both of Northern Telecom/
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