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MOTOROLA SUBMITS PROPOSAL FOR CELLULAR NETWORK STANDARD; EQUIPMENT VENDORS AND OPERATORS INDICATE SUPPORT

 ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola (NYSE: MOT) announced today its submission of a recommendation for a cellular standard that will encourage competition in the Pan American cellular market. The recommendation, which will establish a common approach to connecting cellular switches to cellular base stations, was submitted for consideration to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). The recommended standard is referred to as the "A+ interface" and resembles the "A interface" which has been deployed by a number of the world's leading switch and cell site vendors.
 Three equipment vendors and several cellular operators supported Motorola's submission. Northern Telecom and DSC Communications Corp. submitted letters of support to TIA's standards subcommittee, TR45.2, as did Tandem Computers Incorporated, a supplier of networking and database platforms to the cellular market. Cellular operators Sprint Cellular, PacTel Cellular, U S WEST NewVector Group and Bell Atlantic Mobile have agreed to field test systems which implement the proposed standard. NYNEX Corp., BellSouth Cellular Corp. and Ameritech also supported Motorola's initiative in the adoption of the open interface as a cellular standard.
 "The proposed A+ interface will allow Pan American operators to deploy systems comprised of equipment from competing vendors," according to Jack Scanlon, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola's Cellular Infrastructure Group. "As it has in other markets, this competition will have an impact on network equipment costs. Ultimately, lower network costs translate into more affordable cellular service and, hence, support the growth of cellular markets."
 Dennis Strigl, chief executive officer at Bell Atlantic Mobile, agreed with Scanlon's assessment, "Support for telecommunications standards is consistent with the emphasis on increasing competition in telecommunications. Eventually, we want to see all vendors competing on the basis of price, performance and quality, rather than protecting markets with proprietary restrictions on the use of their equipment." Rick Clawson, vice president engineering and operations at BellSouth Cellular Corp., added, "To encourage equipment price competition, we support open network standards."
 Craig Farrill, vice president technology planning and development for PacTel Corp., called A+ an important step for the industry and underscored the need for open standards. "We fully support the concept and plan to be very involved in its implementation," stated Farrill.
 The proposed A+ standard specifies how a cellular system can manage digital and analog voice traffic between cell site equipment and any switch. Industry supporters have noted that similar concepts in other regions of the world have resulted in the successful integration of radio sub-systems from one vendor and a cellular switching system from another. Marty Singer, vice president, business development and planning at Motorola's Cellular Infrastructure Group, pointed out, "Network architectures consistent with this approach will permit the rapid introduction of new services on intelligent adjuncts to the cellular switch."
 John DeFeo, president and chief executive officer of U S WEST NewVector Group, also noted, "Standard interface to intelligent platforms have been used in landline networks to accelerate the introduction of new services. We are hopeful that a standards-based approach to cellular networks will result in similar benefits."
 Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of wireless communications and electronic equipment, systems, components and services for worldwide markets. Products include two-way radios, pagers, personal communications systems, cellular telephones and systems, semiconductors, defense and aerospace electronics, automotive and industrial electronics, computers, data communications and information processing and handling equipment. Sales in 1992 were $13.3 billion.
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