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Aerial Communications Inc. will use Metrica Inc.’s network performance management technology to control large amounts of data generated by its six-region network. Aerial is in the process of testing its personal communications services 1900 MHz network. The Metrica/NPR collects and reports on data such as traffic, dropped and blocked calls, handover attempts and failures, and grade of service.

Ericsson Inc. agreed to supply network equipment to Omnipoint Communications Inc. for its Philadelphia basic trading area and surrounding BTAs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The contract includes mobile switching centers, base station controllers and radio base station equipment. According to the agreement, Omnipoint’s Interim Standard-661 technology will be supported in Ericsson’s base station controller and operation support systems. The companies also agreed to extend their original personal communications services contract for Omnipoint IS-661 and Global System for Mobile communications network equipment and services by $250 million.

HighwayMaster Corp. signed a definitive agreement with Prince Corp. allowing Prince to use the HighwayMaster network and proprietary technology for AutoLink, an emergency roadside assistance service. HighwayMaster will receive $1.4 million to design, develop and deploy the additional network infrastructure needed to service the AutoLink product, the companies said. Prince and HighwayMaster said they will make AutoLink available to the original equipment manufacturer market as well as to the automotive aftermarket.

The Los Angeles City Council awarded Los Angeles Cellular Telephone Co. a contract to provide the city government’s cellular phone service. According to the contract, L.A. Cellular will provide service to approximately 1,500 city government phone lines. L.A. Cellular said it beat out four companies for the contract. L.A. Cellular values the one-year contract at $600,000.

Motorola Inc. signed an agreement with Corsair Communications Inc. allowing Motorola’s Cellular Infrastructure Group to market and distribute Corsair’s PhonePrint fraud prevention system worldwide. The PhonePrint product has been enhanced to support Intervention, Motorola’s land-based interdiction protocol, which provides an interface through which the cellular network is alerted of fraudulent calls, the company said. Once a fraudulent call is identified, it is automatically disconnected.

Yuasa-Exide Inc.’s Energy Products Group relocated its engineering, manufacturing, sales and support activities to larger offices in Dallas. The company said increasing demand for its products caused it to outgrow its former location. The group, formerly headquartered in Garland, Texas, said it provides a single point of contact for sourcing power and remote site systems integration. It also provides 24-hour, toll-free support for its systems.

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