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 BEDMINISTER, N.J., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that they have signed a letter of intent to jointly trial the first cellular-based Personal Communications Service designed to provide users with a single personal telephone number that makes them reachable at home, in the office and on the road. The trial of Motorola's Personal Phone Service 800 (PPS(TM) 800) System and new Personal Communicator Telephone is expected to take place in Pittsburgh later this year.
 The Personal Communications Service takes advantage of the wired and wireless networks already in place to give total accessibility to its users while providing the same set of user-defined features everywhere. Much of the feature functionality will be provided by Bell Atlantic's Advanced Intelligent Network compatibility provided by Bell of Pennsylvania.
 The pocket-sized Personal Communicator phone is an integral part of the service trial. It will operate as a high quality cordless phone in the home; as an extension of a PBX or Centrex system in the office; and as a cellular phone when the user is mobile, whether as a pedestrian or in a vehicle.
 "This trial foreshadows the promise of Personal Communications Service," said Dennis F. Strigl, Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems president and CEO. "While the industry has yet to firmly define Personal Communications Service, its attributes, to the customer, are quite clear. Customers want to be able to define their own unique set of features and functions, and they want them available anytime and any place. They're not really as concerned about whether it's wired or wireless technology and what frequency it operates at. It seems certain, however, that they'll be using smaller portable handsets more and more often and that they'll demand ubiquitous coverage.
 "Based on this definition, it's Bell Atlantic's view that Personal Communications Service is not a single service or any one technology. Personal Communications Service is a family of services that will be made possible only through the combined technologies of an intelligent network and our evolving wireless infrastructure. We believe a Personal Communications Service is being created every day as we further deploy technologies like microcells and advanced network intelligence.
 "This trial of the PPS(TM) 800 System demonstrates our firm commitment to that view, and allows us to make maximum use of the spectrum already allotted to us as we position ourselves as leader in the projected $5 billion Personal Communications Service marketplace," said Strigl.
 The Personal Communicator telephone includes a portable handset and charger as well as a small personal base station which may reside in a customer's home or office. The handset always seeks to operate on its personal base station first, and operates as a cordless phone until the user moves from the personal base station range into the microcellular or existing macrocellular networks outside the home. At that point, the phone automatically reregisters itself with the network so that when the personal telephone number is dialed, the call is delivered to the handset regardless of where the user is located at the time.
 The system will employ the Narrowband Advanced Mobile Phone Service (NAMPS) technique to minimize the frequency allocation impact on the existing macrosystem.
 NAMPS is a new high capacity, high quality cellular call handling technique introduced by Motorola last year. NAMPS greater spectrum efficiency and the addition of the NAMPS microcells will increase the overall efficiency of the Pittsburgh system.
 "Motorola is excited to be participating in this innovative application of personal phone service," said Jack Scanlon, corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola's Cellular Infrastructure Group. "We're glad to see that Bell Atlantic Mobile agrees with us that it's time to move ahead and that NAMPS and microcells are a practical way to do that now."
 Robert N. Weisshappel, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola's Pan American Cellular Subscriber Group, said "For 20 years, Motorola has pursued a vision of personal communications. That means universal phone service with a phone in every person's pocket. Our early vision has propelled us to pocket phone leadership. Because the phone automatically selects the optimal service, regardless of whether it's landline or cellular. PPS (TM) 800 is the next logical step for seamless personal communications."
 Through the use of advanced network intelligence, the system to be trialed will offer many user-defined features. For example, a user could choose to receive calls only from certain people, sending all other calls to voice mail. Users will also have access to Digital Messaging Services (DMS). Subscribers will be able to take advantage of the digital features using their handset much like a pager. Some DMS features:
 -- Voice Mail Status, in which a voice mail box automatically alerts users when new voice mail is received.
 -- Call-back Number, in which a call-back number is deposited in the Personal Communicator telephone. If the Personal Communicator is busy, turned off or out of range, the number is deposited when the unit returns to service.
 -- Short Messaging, in which subscribers receive text messages up to 14 characters long on the handset's display.
 The system will be trialed in Bell Atlantic Mobile System's Pittsburgh cellular system beginning in late 1992. The combined technical and marketing trial will last about nine months. At least 500 customers will be involved.
 Bell Atlantic Mobile is installing a number of Motorola microcells in its Pittsburgh system as part of the trial to bring wireless coverage to areas not currently served by the macrocellular system, such as transportation terminals and shipping malls.
 Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems provides cellular service and equipment in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. It is a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based Bell Atlantic Corp., which in September 1991 announced an agreement to acquire the cellular telephone and certain other operations of Metro Mobile CTS, Inc. operating in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, North and South Carolina, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
 Motorola's Cellular Group is the leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of cellular subscriber, systems and infrastructure equipment around the world. U.S.-based Motorola Inc. is one of the world's leading providers of electronic equipment, systems, components and service for worldwide markets. Sales in 1991 were $11.3 billion. In 1988, Motorola was awarded the first Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in recognition of superior company-wide management of quality processes.
 PPS(TM) 800
 PPS(TM) 800 is a new personal communications technique that provides two new benefits to cellular customers:
 1) The ability to use one universal telephone number to reach a person.
 2) A least-cost way of making and receiving calls through a single pocket-sized personal telephone, regardless of whether those calls are routed through normal wireline telephone service or cellular.
 To achieve these benefits, the PPS(TM) 800 system architecture blends Narrowband Advanced Mobile Phone Service (NAMPS) and traditional cellular service with the emerging microcell and intelligent network technologies in a unique way.
 NAMPS is a new cellular call handling technique that was introduced by Motorola last year.
 Microcell is an industry term to describe small, low-power "cell sites" that provide a small coverage area, usually covering a few hundred square feet. In contrast, a typical cellular radio coverage area is centered on a "cell site building," and covers 100 square miles or more of a metropolitan area.
 Intelligent network is an industry term for the evolving national/international infrastructure that blends data base and communication control link technologies. The intelligent network adds another dimension to the existing Public Switched Telephone Network (PTNS) to provide end customers with a variety of new services and flexibility.
 The PPS(TM) 800 system infrastructure consists of a mobile switching center, low-power NAMPS microcell cell sites, and home/office personal base stations. These elements combine with the standard cellular system to provide service to the lightweight, compact PPS(TM) 800 personal Communicator telephones.
 Subscribers to the PPS(TM) 800 service will be assigned a personal telephone number. The PPS(TM) 800 Personal Communicator subscriber units search the radio spectrum and select the service available at the time of call origination. Once the service is selected, the Personal Communicator automatically informs the intelligent network where incoming calls are to be routed.
 An intelligent network data base, called the Home Location Register (HLR), keeps track of where calls should be routed.
 Sidebar: Bell Atlantic's Advanced Intelligent Network
 The Bell Atlantic(R) Advanced Intelligent Network (AIN) technology residing in Bell of Pennsylvania's network enables service providers to offer customers something called a "portable number" -- a number that can follow them wherever and whenever they go.
 Using an ordinary network one does not call a person; rather, one calls a location -- an office, a house, or a car.
 But with AIN, sophisticated new call-routing capabilities are available to the network. The result is that it becomes possible to offer customers the option of having calls routed automatically to wherever they are located.
 "We've been talking for more than a year about how Bell Atlantic's AIN technology revolutionize the telecommunications industry, and this portable number application is one of the first examples of the many changes to come," said John Seazholtz, Bell Atlantic vice president information services and technology.
 Here's how the Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems personal communications service trial will work:
 Bell of Pennsylvania, a Bell Atlantic company, will use the Bell Atlantic Advanced Intelligent Network capability to provide wireline and wireless integration for the trial.
 Motorola will manufacture the switching equipment to control the personal communications system microcells, the radio hardware to equip the microcells, and the wireless handsets. Bell of Pennsylvania will use its existing AIN capability to route calls to the current location of wireless users connected to the network.
 When users activate their wireless handsets, a message will be sent automatically from the Bell Atlantic Mobile switching system or the Motorola Personal Communicator base station to the Bell Atlantic AIN Service Control Point (SCP) located on the Bell of Pennsylvania network, telling it where the user is located. The SCP is a computer that can instruct switches on where to route calls.
 The SCP invokes the user's personal call management features to identify appropriate instructions for delivering the call. If the user's handset is registered as being connected and available on Bell Atlantic Mobile's cellular network or at the Motorola base station, the call will be sent to the appropriate destination. The customer also will have the option of instructing the SCP to route the call to another cellular or wireline telephone or to a voice mail box, based on time-of- day/day-of-week routing default instructions.
 Need more information? Contact Larry Plumb of Bell Atlantic, 703-9745-5446.
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 /NOTE TO EDITOR: PPS (TM) 800 is a trademark of Motorola, Inc./
 /CONTACT: Karen Ann Kurlander, 908-308-7552, or Brian Wood, 908-306-7508, both of Bell Atlantic Mobile; or Motorola Corporate Communications, 708-632-6024/
 (MOT BEL) CO: Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems; Motorola Inc. ST: Pennsylvania, New Jersey IN: TLS SU: JVN

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