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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (January 11, 2001 - Marianas Variety/PINA Nius Online)---The cellular telephone bottleneck in the Marshall Islands capital Majuro has ended thanks to the installation of a new dual digital/analog cell system.

Long-suffering cell phone users, who were used to fighting to get on one of just 16 channels, now have 48 analog channels and 16 digital channels that actually expand to at least 32.

For the past three years, more than 350 cell phone customers had to compete for the 16 lines in the antiquated system formerly in use.

National Telecommunications Authority General Manager Alan Fowler said the authority spent $1.25 million on the new system.

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