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NEXTEL NOW OFFERED IN 8 NEW MARKETS

MCLEAN, Va.-Nextel Communications Inc. has rolled out its digital network in eight more major markets.

Nextel digital service now is in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., San Diego, St. Louis, Seattle, Portland, Ore., and Baltimore.

Nextel offers enhanced specialized mobile radio service in 200 U.S. cities creating a nationwide blanket of coverage. In major cities, Nextel is launching integrated Dispatch Enhanced Network service, a fully digital service designed by Motorola Inc. that provides dispatch, cellular and conference calling.

The iDEN service allows customers to travel with their service from market to market, without roaming charges. The company also offers per-second billing.

Nextel Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson said that by the end of 1998, it plans to cover areas “where 85 percent of America’s population lives or works.”

Nextel also recently launched an iDEN southeastern cluster in Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham and Greensboro/Winston-Salem, N.C.

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