Bell Atlantic, Hughes to test wireless system

MARYLAND WATCH

September 22, 1995

Bell Atlantic Corp. and Germantown-based Hughes Network Systems announced yesterday that they will conduct a technical trial of a system that would let users of wireless phones take advantage of many of the advanced features of the land-based telephone network.

The trial, to be done in Gaithersburg, will be the first of its kind in the United States and is to last a year, the companies said. The trial will test how well Hughes' AIReach PACS radio system can interconnect with the Bell Atlantic Advanced Intelligent Network.

That highly computerized network is used to provide such optional telephone services as Call Waiting, Caller ID and Voice Mail.

As part of the trial, Hughes will test the AIReach system's ability to hand off signals in vehicles traveling at speeds up to 65 mph.

The companies hope what they call the Generic C Interface will let cellular and other wireless telephone carriers speed their delivery of such sophisticated services as high-speed digital data transmission.

Hughes Network Systems is the satellite and communications unit of Hughes Electronic Corp., an affiliate of General Motors Corp.

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