TRADE BRIEFS

TRADE BRIEFS

SATELLITE NETWORK

UNVEILED IN MEXICO

MEXICO CITY - Grupo Televisa SA de CV and Mtel International have introduced a Mexican mobile communications network, SkyTel, that will cover all of Mexico via satellite.

The network expands SkyTel's paging coverage to include all of North America. The Mexican SkyTel network, initially available in 18 cities, provides Mexico with mobile communications services on a local, regional, national and international basis.

AT&T SIGNS CONTRACT

WITH ASIAN COMPANIES

SAN FRANCISCO - American Telephone & Telegraph Co. announced an agreement with Dacom, Korea Telecom and Kokusai Denshin Denwa Co. Ltd. of Japan for an undersea fiber optic system linking Korea, Japan and Guam.

The system, slated for service in 1995, will be the first direct link between Korea and Guam.

Plans also call for connection with another undersea cable system that will link with Japan, Guam, Hawaii and the U.S. mainland, the company said.

CHINA ELECTRONICS

TO EXPAND OVERSEAS

BEIJING - China Electronics Leasing Co. will concentrate on promoting sales of domestic-made electronics and machinery in developing countries this year, Qian Benyuan, executive director, said.

He said the first step toward expansion of the company's overseas business is to set up worldwide offices.

Mr. Qian said his company has witnessed a continuous increase in profit since being established by Bank of China and China National Electronics Import & Export Corp.

The company is discussing nine equipment and technology leasing projects with companies from the United States, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and Switzerland, he said. He did not provide any details.

FRENCH CHEESEMAKERS

DROP 'H' IN EMMENTAL

PARIS - Emmental cheese has acquired a new hole.

Long spelled "Emmenthal" in French, the hard cheese famous for its large round air bubbles will in future be losing its "h" to conform with usage in other European languages.

The French Association of Gruyere Cheesemakers said Emmental had been written without an "h" in Germany and Switzerland since 1901. But the old spelling persisted in France, where the finer points of language are usually considered sacrosanct.

Although original Emmental cheese comes from Switzerland, France produces 191,000 tons of its own each year.