MariTEL has launched its much-anticipated marine wireless telecommunications network with its inaugural service region in the Gulf of Mexico and lower Mississippi River. When completed, the $300 million network will provide cellular-telephone-like coverage to the entire U.S. coastline and all navigable waterways inland, as well as up to 100 miles offshore. The only wireless telecommunications system built specifically for mariners, MariTEL's VHF network uses Digital Selective Calling in conjunction with strategically placed coastal station towers and a fiber-optic network. The first region offers coverage from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Sarasota, Florida, and up the Mississippi River to Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.maritelusa.com.