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Aether Technologies L.L.C. announced it will use a Cellular Digital Packet Data network supplied by GTE Corp. to provide information and integration services to the financial and transportation industries. Owings Mills, Md.-based Aether provides turnkey solutions for accessing mission-critical data via handheld wireless devices to clients in the financial and transportation industries. Aether also is supplying real-time financial data and market information to discount brokerage firms and individual investors via a cellular phone.

MSI Services Inc. will provide implementation services to MCI Communications Corp. for MCI’s Wireless Support Services clients. Services will include radio frequency and network design, site acquisition, construction management, microwave relocation and project management. According to the service agreement, MSI will work directly with the client as an approved vendor of MCI. Richardson, Texas-based MSI Services is a subsidiary of Mobile Systems International Inc.

BellSouth Mobility introduced its digital communication services package to cellular customers in middle Georgia. The package includes first minute free on incoming calls, caller ID, voice mail and message waiting alert. BellSouth Mobility said it plans to add increased battery life, text messaging and increased voice privacy to the package in the future. The company first deployed the digital communication services program in the north Georgia area after refining it during the 1996 Olympic Games. BellSouth Mobility is introducing the digital phone package for $200.

Affordable Message Center said it will offer Simplicity Dispatch throughout Paging Network Inc.’s local markets and through Affordable’s resellers. Simplicity Dispatch will be available in 100, 200 or unlimited message packages. Affordable’s resellers can access all services available through the Agent On-Line System, which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the company said.

World Access Inc. and TCSI Corp. said they have entered a technology licensing agreement that grants World Access the right to incorporate TCSI’s spread spectrum Code Division Multiple Access technology in its products. “TCSI has had considerable success in utilizing its low-cost, CDMA-based integrated processor and related chipset design in a number of wireless communications products,” said Hensley West, president and chief operating officer of World Access. “We intend to use the same processor as the platform for several new World Access products, most notably within our fixed wireless local loop product line.” World Access develops, manufactures and markets wireline and wireless switching, transmission and access products for the United States, Caribbean Basin and Latin American telecommunications markets.

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