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 April 18, 2000
Microcell Connexions Reaches Three Quarters Of The GSM World

 Demonstrating its continued commitment to deliver the best available international travelling capabilities to its service providers and their customers, Microcell Connexions now offers international roaming with networks accounting for three quarters of the world's users of the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM).

"GSM is the most popular wireless technology in the world. Its 254 million customers account for more than half of all wireless users--and now more than 190 million of them can use their wireless services in Canada," noted Mr. Rajiv Pancholy, President and Chief Operating Officer, Microcell Connexions. "Almost every week, we add new networks and new countries to our international travelling capabilities. For example, last week we opened Canada's doors to customers of Mobitai Communications Corp. in Taiwan, UAB Omnitel in Lithuania, and our first partner in Togo, Togo Cellulaire."

"And that's just the start," Mr. Pancholy continued. "Microcell Connexions will soon introduce a new dimension to global mobility by implementing international roaming for data services on its GSM platform."

Microcell Connexions has international roaming agreements with more than 130 GSM network operators in the United States and in 67 other countries around the globe. This allows millions of people to bring their SIM card with them to Canada and rent handsets; it also allows the users of Microcell's GSM network to be reached when travelling to the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

"The best part is, all of these people can travel the world with their same phone number, and many of the same services, that they enjoy at home," Mr. Pancholy added. "And with the increased availability of GSM global roaming handsets, travellers won't even have to rent a special handset when travelling outside of North America."

"International trade continues to flourish and drive the Canadian economy, and many Canadian corporations and entrepreneurs are finding their greatest business deals outside our borders," Mr. Pancholy pointed out. "In addition, there are many Canadians with family ties to another country. Our agreements make it easy and convenient for visitors to Canada, and Canadians abroad, to stay in touch while on the go--for business or for pleasure."

As Canada's only GSM operator, Microcell Connexions is the network of choice for the easiest, most affordable solution to international roaming. This is possible because the Microcell Connexions' network uses a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) in every handset. This card, about the size of a thumbnail, stores information about the customer's customized services, as well as their phone number and personal phone directory.

Mr. Pancholy explained that GSM networks are at the forefront of international roaming. "GSM networks use a SIM card, which makes roaming straightforward and affordable. Customers can use all of their digital services, and be reached at their usual phone number, no matter where they are. Customers using our network simply insert their SIM card into an appropriate handset, and they are ready to start talking."

Microcell Connexions was awarded a 30 MHz licence in December 1995 by Industry Canada to operate a cross-Canada PCS network at 1.9 GHz. The company sells state-of-the-art network services to new and existing communications players, who then brand and market these services to Canadians. Microcell Connexions' head office is located at 20 Bay Street in Toronto. Service providers using the Microcell Connexions network include Microcell Solutions Inc., Connectel Solutions Inc., Cityfone Telecommunications Inc., Norigen Communications Inc. and Universal Paging Telecommunications.