Bechtel Manages Successful Launch of PCS Network in Jackson, Mississippi

Sep 27, 1999, 01:00 ET from Bechtel

    FREDERICK, Md., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- With the help of Bechtel's
 project and construction management services, Tritel Communications, Inc.
 successfully launched today its Jackson, Mississippi, wireless
 telecommunications network. Tritel Communications, Inc. is an AT&T Wireless
 network affiliate member and will market its services under the SunCom brand
 name.  This network deployment milestone was achieved in only eight months
 from the time of financial closing.
     Bechtel's responsibilities on the project involved coordinating the
 RF engineering and site acquisition activities as well as managing the
 engineering firms, construction companies, and all third-party material
 suppliers to ensure that a cost-effective, quality network was deployed in the
 most efficient timeframe possible. In addition to managing the implementation
 of the wireless facilities, Bechtel was also responsible for managing the
 construction of the switch facility to support the Jackson network. "Without
 the disciplined approach and leadership implemented by the Bechtel project
 team, we would not have been able to achieve this buildout as efficiently and
 as effectively as we have," stated Billy Mounger, chairman and chief executive
 officer for Tritel.
     In addition to the Jackson network, Bechtel is also responsible for
 providing the aforementioned services for Tritel networks being built in
 Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee through the second quarter
 of 2000. "We are extremely pleased to be working with the entire
 Tritel organization. It's a world-class organization that is motivated and
 determined to be successful.  We are committed to making sure that they
 achieve all of their network deployment objectives. The achievement of this
 Jackson milestone was truly a team effort and the first of many milestones to
 come," said Lester Hurst, principal vice president and general manager of
 Bechtel Telecommunications -- North America.
     A privately held firm since 1898, Bechtel has provided engineering,
 procurement, construction, and management services on 20,000 projects for
 customers in 140 nations on all seven continents. Bechtel's telecommunications
 line of business has emerged as a leader in the telecommunications network
 deployment market by providing these services to companies implementing both
 wireless and wireline networks on a global basis. Bechtel's 1998 revenues
 totaled more than $12 billion.

SOURCE Bechtel