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PAGENET PLANS FIELD TEST OF MESSAGING IN ATLANTA

DALLAS-Paging Network Inc. said it will begin a field trial in Atlanta of two-way messaging services on its narrowband personal communications services network in 1996.

PageNet said the field test will be a marketing trial for acknowledgement paging, message-back paging and other two-way products and services, as well as a technology trial of the network infrastructure. Motorola Inc. will supply user devices and network infrastructure equipment for the field test.

The two-way paging service trial will use the same network infrastructure that will support PageNet’s first announced narrowband PCS offering, VoiceNow, said the company.

“PageNet has a history of driving the market for new paging services, because our high-volume business allows us to price our services aggressively while maintaining high margins,” said Mark Judge, vice president, product line marketing, voice products and services for PageNet. “We believe message-back paging and other two-way paging products can be served well by this low-cost, high-quality approach.”

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