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THE WORLD'S FIRST DIGITAL 'WIRELESS CITY' SIGNALS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA IN TELEPHONE SERVICES ... AND AN EMERGING BILLION-DOLLAR MARKET

 QUITAQUE, Texas, Dec. 2 ~PRNewswire~ -- The world's first digital "Wireless City" became operational at 12:01 a.m. today as GTE cut over from a rural switch and wired telephone system to a new Ultraphone digital wireless telephone system supplied by InterDigital Communications Corporation (AMEX: IDC).
 Quitaque (pronounced "Kit-A-Way"), a small city in northern Texas with a population of more than 500 people, was served by a traditional telephone exchange, providing dialtone from a small rural analog central office switch through wires to customers' homes. The switch has been turned off and the wires and cable disconnected. The customers are now being served by a larger, more advanced digital switch many miles away and telephone services are provided using advanced digital radio communications instead of wires or cable. Mayor Elgin Connor is pleased with the new service for his community. "Quitaque is happy to participate in the installation of the first Wireless City," he said. The digital TDMA radio system is used to provide service to everyone in the community, from city hall to outlying ranches.
 "The elimination of the small local switch and cables will result in lower costs while providing a high level of service with new feature options available from the larger, digital central office switch," explained E.L. "Buddy" Langley of InterDigital. "GTE customers were initially concerned about switching to a radiotelephone technology. They wondered if their conversations would have privacy, or if the system would work during snow or dust storms. GTE was very careful in working closely with their customers to answer all their questions. InterDigital's Ultraphone system was thoroughly tested and provides the same privacy, quality, and reliability as ordinary wire telephone systems, including fax and data transmission."
 Haviland Telephone Company of Kansas plans to install similar wireless cities in early 1993. There are more than 18,000 telephone exchanges across the United States, many of them small rural exchanges such as Quitaque.
 "While the United States migrates from wired to wireless telephone services, much of the rest of the world is just beginning to install their telephone services for the first time. Many countries will bypass the wire and cable era altogether in favor of advanced digital radio technologies," explained John Jutila, vice president of Planning for InterDitigal. "The world market for wireless fixed telephone equipment sales will exceed $1 billion by 1995, according to recent projections from the Gartner Group. InterDigital is on the forefront of that market with our TDMA and B-CDMA digital radio technologies now coming into use."
 InterDigital, a world leader in Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) and Broadband Code Division Multiple Access (B-CDMA) wireless digital technology and products, currently holds 43 U.S. patents and has an additional 25 patents filed, as well as patents filed or issued in more than 30 foreign countries. Its Ultraphone system has been ordered or installed for more than 157 locations worldwide.
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 ~CONTACT: David L. Smith, vice president of InterDigital, 215-278-7831~


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