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MCI INTRODUCES PACKAGE TO ASSIST PCS OPERATORS DEVELOP WIRELESS NETWORK

WASHINGTON-MCI Communications Corp. introduced a package of network design and operation services the company says will let any local operator build and run a wireless business.

Called networkMCI WIN (Wireless Integrated Network), the package will be offered to existing wireless companies and to companies that triumph in the auction of C-block personal communications services licenses, scheduled to begin Dec. 11.

MCI said it has signed letters of intent with equipment manufacturers L.M. Ericsson, AT&T Network Systems Inc. and Northern Telecom Ltd. to obtain wireless system equipment. Mobile Systems International Inc. will provide radio network design, conduct site selection, acquisition and construction.

“The WIN package can transform a new license holder into a fully operational wireless company with national capabilities,” said Herman Bluestein, MCI vice president of wireless strategy and development.

MCI has signed a letter of intent with PCS hopeful U.S. AirWaves to provide full WIN services including network, common carrier and outsourced services. MCI will provide billing and invoicing as well as full call center capabilities, including in-bound and out-bound telemarketing, lead generation and management and customer service capabilities, Bluestein said. “By outsourcing these call center capabilities to MCI, wireless companies can acquire new customers, retain existing customers and reduce churn,” Bluestein said.

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