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GLOBAL PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE WINS WORLDWIDE SPECTRUM ALLOCATION

 GLOBAL PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE
 WINS WORLDWIDE SPECTRUM ALLOCATION
 TORREMOLINOS, Spain, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Iridium Inc., the affiliate of Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), today announced that the Iridium project could now move forward as planned, as a result of spectrum allocated early this morning during the closing hours of the World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC) in Torremolinos.
 The Iridium system is a proposed global personal communications system which combines Motorola's space technology with its terrestrial wireless communications expertise. Using low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites, it will be designed to provide worldwide, portable and mobile telecommunications using hand-held phones. Current plans estimate the launching of the Iridium system's constellation of 77 satellites to begin in 1994.
 The necessary spectrum has been allocated in the 1610-1626.5 MHz band by delegates attending the conference from countries around the world, thus securing the future for low earth orbit satellites above 1GHz, the so-called big LEOs.
 Jerrold Adams, president and chief operating officer of Iridium Inc., was present when the allocation was approved and said, "As a result of this decision, we believe investments soon will be made and licenses applied for and granted in many countries, so that opportunitites will become available to stimulate the spread of wireless communications across the globe."
 Adams continued, saying, "While Motorola's investments have carried our momentum this far, it will now be necessary to sign up the other members of the ultimate operating consortium to fund the entire $3.5 billion investment in the system." Adams also had praise for what he called "the WARC's appreciation of the new age of free market competition in the next frontier of telecommunications, satellite-based personal communications. We welcome the natural competition that will flow from this allocation. After all, the real winners will be consumers everywhere.
 "We are confident that the Iridium system will be able to provide truly personal, hand-held communications from anywhere to anywhere at anytime for the world traveler. This will also mean first-time communication services for remote areas with no infrastructure at present and immediate support to disaster relief situations.
 "We would also like to congratulate the U.S. delegation on their dedication and hard work in representing the interests of better communications for the world at this conference."
 Iridium Inc. is an affiliate of Motorola Inc., one of the world's leading providers of electronic equipment, systems and services for worldwide markets. Motorola products include two-way radios, pagers, cellular telephone systems, semiconductors, defense and aerospace electronics, automotive and industrial electronic equipment, computers, data communications and information processing and handling equipment.
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 /NOTE: The World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC) is administered by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) under the auspices of the United Nations for the purpose of allocating and coordinating radio frequencies around the world and in space.
 Iridium is a trade mark and service mark of Motorola Inc./
 /CONTACT: Mary Jo Manning of Hill and Knowlton, 202-944-5109, for Iridium/
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