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NEXTEL AND ALEPH PARTNER TO PROVIDE ADVANCED WIRELESS DATA APPLICATIONS FOR GROUND TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES
RESTON, Va., - November X, 2001 - Nextel Communications Inc. (NASD: NXTL) today announced it has partnered with ALEPH Inc., the leading provider for ground transportation services. This partnership will allow Nextel to offer wireless dispatch, billing and reservation management data solutions to ground transportation companies, such as limousine and black car service companies, to quickly match customers with available vehicles and drive new revenue.

Historically, ground transportation companies have had few options other than proprietary wireless data systems to manage dispatching. ALEPH will deliver data applications over Nextel's nationwide packet data network to facilitate reservation and dispatching, while also managing orders from dispatch centers and driver units. The solution eliminates the need for transportation companies to maintain a costly, private data network and provides an open, flexible platform to easily add new applications.

"ALEPH links all types of fleets with vital job information for real-time ground transportation services," said Blair Kutrow, vice president, product management at Nextel. "With Nextel's wireless network, ALEPH's Mobile Data Terminal eHail Network is delivering data access and on-screen instructions wherever remote communications are critical. This solution is another example of Nextel's strategy of providing vertical industries with wireless data solutions that address specific application requirements."

"ALEPH understands the ground transportation business better than any other software provider -- from the importance of real-time dispatching of drivers to reservations and billing -- and that is why we have remained a customer for over fifteen years," said Lee Barnes, CEO, Washington Car and Driver. "With the addition of Nextel's packet network to the ALEPH platform, we have been able to stay ahead of other transportation companies by providing our drivers and dispatchers a wireless end-to-end system -- for everything from order entry to billing."

ALEPH's eHail Network combines dispatch software with Nextel's Internet-ready phones to give ground transportation companies the ability to fill non-revenue time instantly and reduce the need for labor-intensive, voice-driven call centers and dispatch operations. It also enables them to leverage the full range of Nextel services, including Nextel Direct ConnectĘ░, a digital two-way radio feature that provides instant contact with co-workers, friends, family and any other Nextel customers in a local calling area with the push of a button at a fraction of the cost.

 

The ALEPH-Nextel alliance brings companies a breakthrough solution that delivers operational precision, managerial expertise, outstanding economies and optimal bottom-line performance," said Ray Zhang, CEO of ALEPH. "Nextel provides the reliable, high-bandwidth network that fleet operators need to support high volumes of data communications."

Nextel provides an Internet Protocol, standards-based packet data network that is tightly integrated with Nextel's voice network and is available nationwide. Nextel's all-digital, integrated wireless network offers an "always on" capability for data communications regardless of a user's location as long as the phone is turned on and in a Nextel coverage area. Nextel's robust infrastructure provides continuous and reliable service.


Customers interested in learning more should contact Nextel at www.nextel.com or a local Nextel data sales office.

About Nextel
Nextel Communications Inc., based in Reston, Va., is a leading provider of fully integrated wireless communications services and has built the largest guaranteed all-digital wireless network in the United States covering thousands of communities across the United States. Nextel currently serve 191 of the top 200 U.S. markets. Through recent market launches, Nextel service is available today in areas of the U.S. where approximately 230 million people live or work. In addition, through Nextel International, Inc., Nextel has wireless operations and investments in Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, the Philippines, Peru, Chile and Japan.

About ALEPH
ALEPH, Inc., based in Long Island City, NY, is the leading provider of traditional and Internet-based business-to-business electronic commerce solutions for real-time ground transportation related services. ALEPH works with the nation's largest ground transportation companies, building advanced dispatching-scheduling-routing and billing-cashier-settlement systems for their complete end to end applications and infrastructure. ALEPH also engineers and maintains public Internet Sites, thus allowing operators the ability to offer their customers the convenience of real-time online ground transportation reservations and billing information access.

 

 
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