Motorola Participates In NTT DoCoMo's IP Core Network Trial in Japan

IP Network Architecture Provides Critical Path to Next Generation Mobile Communications

Motorola, Inc.'s Network Solutions Sector (NSS), and its strategic alliance partners, Cisco Systems, Inc., and Xybridge Technologies, today announced that they have secured a wireless communications industry-critical position in the race to develop a next generation mobile communication network with the participation in NTT DoCoMo's Internet protocol (IP)-based mobile communications trial.

NTT DoCoMo is Japan's largest wireless telecommunications provider and one of the world's most advanced wireless operators. Its wireless i-mode service, which is attracting thousands of subscribers each day, makes NTT DoCoMo the world leader in mobile Internet service provisioning. NTT DoCoMo, which also plans to start its wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) service in the second quarter of 2001, currently has more than 30 million wireless subscribers in Japan. The IP core network trials will be conducted at NTT DoCoMo's laboratories beginning in September 2000 and concluding in March 2001.

"This award by NTT DoCoMo is the strongest evidence to date that our Aspira communications architecture and strategic alliances approach to IP-core network development are setting the standard for the entire industry at a time when being first to market is essential to operator success," said Bo Hedfors, Motorola, Inc. executive vice president and president of NSS. "Strategic alliances have allowed us to move at 'Internet speed' in the development of a new generation of integrated voice, data and multimedia IP networks. As an end-to-end solution, the Aspira architecture is positioned to guide our customers along a seamless path to the amazing world of third-generation (3G) IP communications," said Hedfors.

Cisco will use its core Internet routers, media gateways and PDSNs in providing expertise in IP networking to NTT DoCoMo for the upcoming trial. "Cisco, Motorola and Xybridge continue to lead the transition to IP-based mobile networks," said Ed Paradise, vice president of Cisco's Technology and Mobile Business Unit. "As operators develop initial service offerings featuring data and Internet access, they are gaining valuable data competence and IP expertise -- all of which will be applicable in 3G," said Paradise.

Motorola and Xybridge are working together to integrate Xybridge's softswitch product suite into Motorola's Aspira architecture. The collaborative effort creates a carrier class, multimedia communications infrastructure. "Softswitch based call control and services are an integral part of 3G wireless networks," said Jawad Ayaz, Xybridge chief executive officer. "The partnership between Xybridge, Motorola and Cisco offers wireless industry pioneer NTT DoCoMo a truly best of breed 3G solution," said Ayaz. Xybridge Universal Services Suite (USS) is a comprehensive family of multi- service softswitch solutions.

Motorola has a rich history in pioneering technologies and developing and deploying integrated communications solutions and embedded electronic systems worldwide. The Aspira communication architecture combines voice, data and multimedia into one broadband, IP-based, peer-to-peer network. This total end-to-end solution is expected to encompass access networks, applications, services and end-user devices, and makes adding services as simple as adding software to a server. This contrasts with the extensive retooling required in traditional, hierarchical networks, meaning more rapid and more cost-efficient deployment for network operators.

"NTT DoCoMo's decision underscores the confidence operators have in Motorola's and Cisco's all-IP core vision," said Hedfors. "NTT DoCoMo has a direction of open access, and that same openness is the foundation of the Aspira concept," Hedfors added.

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