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PAC BELL COMPLETES FIRST CALL ON ITS PCS NETWORK

PLEASONTON, Calif.-Pacific Bell Mobile Services said it has completed the first calls on its new PCS-1900 network.

“By this time next year, PCS [personal communications services] technology will have redefined the meaning of wireless,” said Lyn Daniels, president and chief executive officer of Pac Bell.

PBMS said it placed the first calls on its network between Jan. 24 and Feb. 26 on handsets located in Los Angeles, San Diego and Oakland. Calls were received by PCS handsets in Washington D.C., where American Personal Communications operates a PCS network, and Honolulu, where Western Wireless Corp. is building a PCS network. PCS calls were also completed to landline phones in several California cities, PMBS said.

The company said it will test the network’s ability to deliver wireless data, including pages, text messages and Internet access in the next several months.

PBMS said it plans to offer PCS in California and Nevada in early 1997.

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