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MOTOROLA FIRST TO OFFER CELLULAR OPERATORS SUITE OF DIGITAL CALL QUALITY SOFTWARE FEATURES

 

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., December 21, 1998 -- Motorola, Inc.'s Network Solutions Sector (NSS) announced today that it is the first cellular equipment manufacturer to offer a full complement of CDMA call quality enhancement features in one software release. Through this "one-stop-shopping" product offering, operators will be able to enhance the quality of their CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) networks without incurring the cost of additional hardware.

Motorola NSS has successfully completed operator trials with the call quality software in several U.S. markets at both 800 MHz and 1900 MHz radio frequencies. During the trials, the enhanced software improved network performance significantly by exceeding the industry benchmark of two percent dropped call rates. Commercial release of the software suite is targeted for the first quarter of 1999.

The new software is designed to increase the quality of "soft handoff" procedures and reduce the time required for the cellular network to set up a call. Soft handoff is a method of call processing which provides uninterrupted voice transmission while a caller travels from one cell to another. Calls are handled in tandem by both the current and target cells until the handoff process has been completed -- virtually undetectable to the individual. With Motorola NSS' call quality software, operators and their customers will experience fewer dropped calls and better network availability.

According to Moe Grzelakowski, corporate vice president and general manager, Motorola NSS' Cellular Systems Group, "We believe it's important to provide operators with cutting-edge solutions -- such as this suite of CDMA software -- that will not only provide added-value for their customers, but also will reduce operators' cost of network ownership. So far, we're very pleased with the operator feedback we've received from our U.S. market trials."

In a recent report by the Cahners In-Stat Group, a leading wireless industry research and consulting firm, Motorola NSS was cited as the leading international provider of commercial CDMA digital cellular networks. The analysis of cellular, PCS and wireless local loop markets shows Motorola NSS with a total of 31 commercial system awards internationally. Others include Lucent with 17 awards; Qualcomm, 16; Nortel, 10; and Samsung, four.

Motorola NSS is responsible for manufacturing, sales and integration of Motorola's cellular infrastructure and iDEN cellular/two-way radio products. NSS is a multi-billion dollar business with more than 16,000 employees. Headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois, NSS has major engineering, marketing and manufacturing facilities in northern Illinois, Texas, Florida, the United Kingdom, Israel, Brazil, China/Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.

Motorola, Inc. is a global leader in advanced electronic systems and services. Sales in 1997 were $29.8 billion. For further information on Motorola, please visit the web site at http://www.mot.com/.

 

Motorola Contact
Cheryl Beck-Ruff
Motorola CIG
(847) 632-2775
QCEL01@email.mot.com

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