IRVING, Texas, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NE Colorado Cellular,
Inc. doing business as Cellular ONE of Northeast Colorado since 1991 and
Wireless II, LLC doing business as Nebraska Wireless since 1995; announce the
formation of a new Wireless Communications Company that will be doing business
as Viaero Wireless. NE Colorado Cellular, Inc. will be the sole owner and
operator of Viaero Wireless.
"Viaero Wireless exists to provide superior quality rural wireless service
to our subscribers making their safety, quality of life, and ability to
communicate the equal of their urban counterparts. We will achieve this by
providing superior coverage, access anytime, immediate personal customer
service and a competitive product within our local borders, and a seamless
connectivity of features and services outside of our borders," Larry
Aisenbrey, VP Operations.
NE Colorado Cellular, Inc. doing business as Viaero Wireless will enhance
current wireless product capability by installing GSM/GPRS/EDGE service for
customers in northeast Colorado and western/central Nebraska. Nokia
(NYSE: NOK) will be the sole provider the GSM switching and base station
technology. The GSM system installation has begun and is scheduled to be
operational October 1, 2003.
GSM is the most popular digital network standard in the world, providing
the widest possible roaming opportunity because of the uniform and seamless
operation of features and functions, worldwide. GPRS connectivity, described
as always on, is ideal for future high-speed data services and push-to-talk
convenience. Viaero will immediately introduce such digital features as
caller ID, voice mail messaging/notification, short messaging service, and
The current analog wireless system serving northeast Colorado will
continue to function as an alternative for Colorado subscribers. All
subscribers on the current CDMA system in Nebraska will be replaced with GSM
before years' end.
Viaero Wireless has acquired PCS licenses to serve a territory of over
70,000 square miles in northeast Colorado and western and central Nebraska.
The GSM system is scheduled to cover most of northeast Colorado including I-76
from Wiggins to the Nebraska State line and Interstate 80 from the Wyoming
State line extending eastward to 60 miles east of Grand Island, Nebraska, by
years end. Viaero Wireless is committed to continue to build out the system
until all of the Viaero service area has quality coverage everywhere.
Viaero Wireless has contracted with major GSM nationwide providers
including AT&T Wireless, Cingular, and T-Mobile to assure that Viaero
subscribers have seamless uniform access to GSM features and functions when
outside the local service area.
Viaero intends to have two corporate office centers. One located in Fort
Morgan, Colorado and one in Grand Island, Nebraska. "To provide optimum
customer service it is important that we work, live, and play in the
communities we serve," Larry Aisenbrey, VP Operations. Viaero currently
employs over 80 local inhabitants in Colorado and Nebraska and this number is
expected to double over the next five years as the company earns subscriber
Total Viaero commitment to cover the market end-to-end is estimated at
"For too long the rural wireless subscriber has been ignored and forced to
accept less than desired services. My commitment is to provide end-to-end
coverage and anytime access to wireless services superior to anything yet
experienced by rural subscribers," Frank DiRico, CEO and President of Viaero
Viaero will compete directly with Western Wireless doing business as
Cellular ONE in Nebraska and also with Alltel. In Colorado, the predominant
competitor will be Verizon Wireless.
The name Viaero is Latin for "over the air" and is consistent with
Viaero's commitment to wireless coverage everywhere. Viaero's commitment to
providing superior service to the local communities we serve while providing
for the access to the best when away from home is consistent with our tag
line; 'Stay close. Go far.'
Stay close, go far with Viaero Wireless.
Larry Aisenbrey, VP Operations, Viaero Wireless, 970-542-3601,
SOURCE Nokia; Viaero Wireless