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(Updated on April 11, 2000)


Bell Atlantic and VodafoneAirTouch Form Verizon Wireless - Will Invest More Than $3 Billon in Network in 2000 (Source - Information Week)

Six months after they announced plans to combine their U.S. wireless cellular, paging and PSC business, Bell Atlantic and VodafoneAirTouch Plc have launched Verizon Wireless entity.   Equity is divided: Bell Atlantic-GTE owns 50 percent and Vodafone 45 percent.  The new company will be managed by Bell Atlantic.

  This year Verizon Wireless will invest over $3 billion in its nationwide network to further:

  • Expand CDMA digital standard
  • Increase capacity for wireless voice and data
  • New services, such as wireless two-way short messaging service (SMS) 
  • Testing of third generation network technology through field trials

Short Messaging Service

In collaboration with Lucent Technologies and Nortel Networks, Verizon Wireless will offer nationwide two-way SMS via Kyocera and Motorola handsets. SMS enables mobile users to send text messages to other compatible mobile handsets or other Internet users.  

  SMS features:

  • Users can compose messages or select from standard messages.
  • Delivery Confirmation indicates that a message has been received.
  • User Acknowledgement allows users to respond to common inquires (Yes/No)
  • Interactive applications such as email-on-the-run will be included.

Data Services

  Verizon Wireless data services will allow subscribers to:

  • Access the Internet via its CDMA digital network at speeds of 19.2 KBPS
  • Send and receive email
  • Customize Web pages

With a potential 23 million wireless and 4 million paging customers, time will tell if Verizon Wireless maintains its market share in the midst of a what appears to be a industry wide consolidation of wireless carriers, see Bell South and SBC.

For more information, go to http://www.informationweek.com/story/IWK20000404S0003 http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter/news_releases/coast.html http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter/news_releases/complete.html

Mobile Advisory and Comments: Mergers are creating large international network service providers -  what you need in the new world without borders. They will increase your network coverage and give you stability of service.

Note: This news release may contain forward-looking statements. Readers should take appropriate caution in developing plans utilizing these products, services and technology architectures.

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