U.S. COMPANY TO HELP UPGRADE KIRIBATI TELEPHONE SYSTEM

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TARAWA, Kiribati (April 19, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---The Kiribati government will sign an agreement with an American communications company --Indium Limited Liability Company-- shortly to upgrade telephone facilities throughout the country's far-flung islands.

A spokesman for Indium, who was in Tarawa recently, says his company is prepared to assist Kiribati reconfigure its telephone system through the use of satellite-activated, cordless mobile phones, Radio Kiribati reports.

The handsets planned for general use will receive message transmissions from low orbiting satellites, eliminating the need for extensive ground wire, microwave, cable and similar systems.

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