WORLD BRIEFS

Peru

PageMart Wireless Inc. teamed with Peruvian paging carrier Uniworld S.A., to make Peru the first South American market to join PageMart’s network. Service is expected to begin by the fourth quarter. In the past year, PageMart’s network was expanded into Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica and El Salvador, and the company also plans to add Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Haiti to its network by the fourth quarter. The Peruvian network extension will operate on the same 900 MHz frequency as the rest of PageMart’s network so customers can roam internationally.

Luxembourg

Millicom International Cellular S.A. announced that Industriforvaltnings A.B. Kinnevik is making an offering to its shareholders to exchange shares in its joint-venture company for shares in Kinnevik. Kinnevik is offering to sell to each of its Class-A shareholders in the United States 10 Class-A shares in Societe Europeenne de Communication for each 10 Kinnevik Class-A shares owned, and to each of its Class-B shareholders, one Class A-share and nine Class-B shares for each 10 Kinnevik Class-B shares owned. SEC, a joint venture 35-percent owned by MIC and 65-percent owned by Kinnevik, is issuing no new shares in the offering.

Asia

Comsat Laboratories announced that it was awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin Corp. to provide an in-orbit testing system for a new regional mobile satellite. The Garuda-1 satellite will provide mobile telephone communications for the Asian region, covering 3 billion pops. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

India

Indian cellular operator JT Mobiles said it signed up with Dan Net, a data clearinghouse, as part of preparations to introduce automatic roaming on the 900 MHz Global System for Mobile communications system in India.

Hong Kong

Wyrex Communications Inc., Toronto, said it signed a marketing agreement with RAS Marketing, Hong Kong, that covers the Hong Kong marketing and sales of Wyrex’s flagship wireless intelligent network product, called Wysdom, that allows wireless carriers to offer short message service to their subscribers.

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