SOURCE: Centennial Communications

September 12, 2005 14:27 ET

Centennial Communications Assists Hurricane Victims and Supports Local Communities

WALL, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 12, 2005 -- With restoration and repair efforts underway in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, Centennial Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: CYCL) announced several important steps it has taken to support its customers, employees, disaster recovery organizations and affected local communities.

"The Centennial family stands ready to support its customers and the local communities that were impacted by Hurricane Katrina," said Phil Mayberry, Centennial's president of U.S. Wireless. "Our customers and local communities count on us to be their local wireless partner, and we want to help them stay connected and provide aid in any way we can during this difficult time."

John R. Le Boeuf, Jr., Centennial's southeast regional vice president, added, "During emergency situations like Katrina, our key priorities are the safety of our employees and local communities, the stabilization of our wireless network to assist our customers and emergency responders and our direct support of local relief efforts."

Centennial's wireless network was primarily impacted by commercial power outages and disrupted interconnection between cell sites and landline switching centers in southwestern Mississippi (Brookhaven and Macomb) and Hammond, Louisiana. The Company was able to provide critical communications for disaster recovery efforts and families reaching out to loved ones by employing permanently sited backup power generators, portable power generators relocated from its Midwest markets and temporary microwave connections to supplement and replace disrupted interconnection to cell sites. 331 cell sites in Centennial's Southeast market are fully operational, with six remaining cell sites to be operational shortly.

In addition, the Centennial Communications disaster relief effort includes the following:

--  Emergency delivery of wireless service to a number of disaster
    recovery organizations including The Red Cross, the U.S. Coast Guard and
    local law enforcement
--  Providing communications support to emergency management and 911 call
--  Offering free wireless service at local evacuation shelters and
    Centennial stores for evacuees to contact loved ones
--  Centennial employees are volunteering their time for numerous shelters
    and fund raising activities
--  Accelerated recruiting timeline for Holiday sales positions to help
    provide meaningful employment for displaced residents during the coming

Centennial Communications (NASDAQ: CYCL), based in Wall, NJ, is a leading provider of regional wireless and integrated communications services in the United States and the Caribbean with approximately 1.2 million wireless subscribers and 300,000 access lines and equivalents. The U.S. business owns and operates wireless networks in the Midwest and Southeast covering parts of six states. Centennial's Caribbean business owns and operates wireless networks in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands and provides facilities-based integrated voice, data and Internet solutions. Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and an affiliate of the Blackstone Group are controlling shareholders of Centennial. For more information regarding Centennial, please visit our websites, and

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