Mobile Data Moves Into Asia as Motorola Completes First GPRS Demonstration

SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2000--Motorola, Inc.'s Network Solutions Sector (NSS) continues its leadership in the development of mobile data with the first demonstration in Asia of general packet radio service (GPRS) using the wireless application protocol (WAP) to enable mobile Internet access over the global system for mobile (GSM) communications networks.

The demonstration, which took place in Singapore using test frequencies from the Telecom Authority of Singapore (TAS), showed Motorola's capabilities in GPRS, delivering a complete end-to-end solution by using Motorola's GPRS handset technology with WAP applications; a complete Internet protocol (IP)-based GPRS network infrastructure solution using routing technology from Cisco Systems, Inc., for fast Internet access; and a complete billing and maintenance solution for GPRS network operators. The demonstration included browsing the Yahoo! Internet site.

Motorola is the only manufacturer currently offering its own complete GPRS solution - infrastructure and handsets. In partnership with leading European GSM operators such as BT Cellnet in the UK, France Telecom, and Mobilkom Austria, Motorola GPRS system solutions have enabled the world's first live GPRS calls.

It is forecast that 1.1 billion people will access the Internet on a regular basis by 2004 - with half of these connections enabled via mobile wireless devices. The introduction of GPRS, which currently is being introduced throughout Europe, enables access to Internet driven applications on the move. With over 234 million mobile subscribers on 354 GSM voice networks worldwide(a), the development of GPRS enables the next generation of mobility -- fast mobile Internet access with virtual permanent connectivity where information is sent in 'bursts' - packets - as opposed to the circuit-switched voice networks.

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