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Hughes Network gains Canadian cellular pact


Germantown-based Hughes Network Systems Inc. announced yesterday that a Canadian cellular phone company has awarded it a contract to provide data transmission services over wireless phones using an emerging digital technology that Hughes has pioneered.

Hughes said BC TEL Mobility will become the first wireless carrier in Canada to employ the technology known as CDPD, or cellular digital packet data, when it begins offering the service in Vancouver and Victoria, B.C., beginning in early 1996.

CDPD is a technology that allows callers to use portable computers to communicate with other computers from remote locations, even when no telephone line is available. The technology can also be used for remote security systems or to send signals from a vending machine to a central office.

Hughes Network Systems, a subsidiary of Hughes Electronics Corp., currently has CDPD networks in place or in progress in Mexico and throughout the United States. Among its customers are Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems, which uses the technology in its Baltimore- Washington systems, Ameritech and GTE Corp.

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