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
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
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