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RAM MOBILE DATA COMPLETES PHASE I OF NETWORK EXPANSION

 NEW YORK, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- RAM Mobile Data has completed ahead of schedule the fastest expansion of any wireless communications network in history.
 Today, RAM installed in North Ogden, Utah, the 840th and final base station in its Phase I network buildout, fulfilling its pledge to provide wireless data service to more than 90 percent of the nation's urban business population by the end of June 1993.
 The only two-way, shared wireless data service infrastructure built from the ground up, RAM's networks now provide coverage to over 6,000 cities in 210 metropolitan areas in the United States, compared to 50 metropolitan areas at this time a year ago.
 "We aggressively expanded our networks at a rate of over 10 base stations a week. That pace is unmatched by any other wireless communications network, including cellular," said Carl Robert Aron, RAM Mobile Data chairman and chief executive officer. Maintained by RAM, base stations are the vital links at which information is transferred to and from mobile users.
 With its Phase I buildout complete, RAM is ready to meet what industry observers believe will be burgeoning demand for two-way wireless data through the end of the century. The growth in demand is being fueled, in part, by the falling prices of wireless data access devices, such as Ericsson GE's Mobidem(TM), a portable radio modem that allows users to send and receive data over RAM's networks.
 This is the second time RAM has met a major network construction benchmark. The company also completed its initial rollout on time after building its first 210 base stations in the top 50 markets. These facilities were fully operational by the end of April 1992, thus complying with the landmark Federal Communications Commission decision that enabled RAM to construct the nation's first full-featured, two-way wireless data communications network. The North Ogden base station was installed one week ahead of RAM's self-imposed deadline for completing Phase I.
 "This sends a clear message to our users, prospective customers and business partners that we can be counted on to meet our commitments," Aron said. "Our networks are up and running today and offer the open network technology and unique functionality that make them the best choice for meeting the wireless data needs of today's demanding mobile users."
 RAM uses the Mobitex(R) network technology supplied by Ericsson. Based on open, non-proprietary protocols, RAM's networks have virtually unlimited capacity and support a wide array of access products, computing devices and applications. The technology also offers worldwide standards for hardware and software, enabling applications to be readily adapted for use in other nations where Mobitex networks are up and running, including Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Mobitex is the technology of choice for networks soon to be implemented in France, the Netherlands, Australia and other countries in Europe, Latin America and the Pacific Rim.
 RAM continues to expand the number of hardware manufacturers and software developers with which it is working to produce wireless data solutions. For example, RAM, Intel, Ericsson GE and BellSouth recently announced their intent to develop new products and services that utilize RAM's networks. Earlier this month, AT&T EasyLink(R) Services and Lotus Development Corporation announced that their electronic mail services, AT&T Mail and cc:Mail(TM), respectively, will be available on RAM's networks later this year.
 RAM has the only wireless data networks that offer a transparent roaming feature, which allows customers to send and receive data in any of its service areas without the need for manual input or additional roaming costs. In addition, RAM is the only wireless data service provider to offer a store-and-forward capability. If a subscriber's mobile device is turned off or out of a coverage area, the sender has the option of placing the message in the Mobitex store-and-forward facility. Once the unit is reactivated or the user returns to a coverage area, the message is delivered.
 RAM Mobile Data, a business venture between RAM Broadcasting and BellSouth (NYSE: BLS), operates multi-user wireless data networks that cover more than 6,000 cities in the nation's top metropolitan areas, as well as major transportation corridors and airports. RAM's service allows mobile users to send and receive wireless electronic mail and time-critical information, as well as to access host computer databases. RAM recently received the prestigious EMMSY Award as the 1992 E-mail "Company of the Year" from Electronic Mail and Micro Systems.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: RAM Mobile Data USA Limited Partnership. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners./
 /CONTACT: Donna Hayes of RAM Mobile Data, 212-303-7800, or John Chester of Hammond Farrell Inc., 212-995-5680/
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