Motorola, Telsim Sign GSM Deal - First GPRS Trials in Turkey

    Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) and Turkish GSM operator Telsim have announced an agreement for Motorola to provide infrastructure, handsets and associated services in order to expand the countrywide global system for mobile (GSM) communications network. As part of that agreement, Telsim has named Motorola its exclusive supplier of GSM 900 Mhz infrastructure equipment for the next three years. Motorola estimates that revenues from this supplier agreement could be at least $1.5 billion over the three years. Motorola also will implement a full trial overlay general packet radio service (GPRS) core mobile data network.

    Currently, 2.8 million subscribers are on the Telsim network, and the expansion will help enable service to over five million subscribers by year's end. Motorola will supply Telsim with Motorola's WAP-enabled minibrowser Timeport(TM) P7389 handsets on the GSM network.

    Motorola's GPRS handsets will be used in the data trial to allow easy and secure access to the Internet and corporate Intranets wherever their business takes them, so users have mobile access(1) to e-mails(1), train timetables(1), weather and traffic conditions(1) wherever roaming agreements are in place. The Motorola Timeport P7389g phone is expected to be available in second quarter 2000.

    With one billion wireless Internet users anticipated worldwide by 2003, Telsim is positioning itself as a wireless data network leader. The GSM expansion contract will enable the network capacity and coverage to handle the expected increase in mobile data users, with the GPRS overlay delivering the content and services to the wireless devices. The expansion work will begin with immediate effect, with the GPRS trial scheduled for second quarter 2000.

    Mobile subscribers can access a tremendous range of applications and services via GPRS, and Telsim is already working with the Motorola-Cisco Invisix(TM) Centre of Excellence in the UK to test and integrate data-based services.

    "The world of mobile data is opening up a vast new market, with limitless opportunities for innovation and imagination to be translated into real-time, value-added services," said Hakan Uzan, chief executive officer of Telsim. "Our subscribers will be looking for excellence in data access and delivery, as well as the continuing quality of the voice network. This is an exciting time for us, and we are looking forward to bringing the mobile Internet to Turkey," said Uzan.

    "We have had an exceptional collaboration with Telsim for over six years as the sole supplier of their GSM 900 network," said Jeff Gordon, vice president and general manager of Motorola NSS in Europe, Middle East and Africa. "We have won the opportunity to show our leadership in GPRS in a challenging marketplace, and we will work closely with Telsim to bring the promise of the wireless world to reality."

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