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MOTOROLA TO SUPPLY SECURE TETRA RADIO SYSTEM FOR OLYMPICS.

Motorola's Commercial, Government and Industrial Solutions Sector (CGISS), working with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Siemens, has been selected to provide the secure two-way radio communications system that will be used by public safety agencies during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Motorola brings more than 65 years of leadership in providing mission-critical public safety communications equipment to the SAIC-Siemens consortium. The SAIC-Siemens consortium was selected to provide the extensive command, control, communications, computer and intelligence (C4I) equipment and services for the upcoming Games.

"We are pleased to have Motorola's worldwide experience in radio communications and their proven track record in prior Olympic Games added to our alliance," said David Tubbs, SAIC senior vice president.

Motorola has enjoyed a long relationship in supporting the Olympic Games, spanning more than 30 years, as a vital provider of wireless communications equipment. This extensive experience includes providing essential communications to the public safety agencies responsible for safety and security at international events including the Olympics in Munich (1972), Los Angeles (1984), Sarajevo (1984), Calgary (1988), Lillehammer (1994), Atlanta (1996), and Salt Lake City (2002).

The public safety communications system for the Athens Games will be based on the TErrestrial Trunked RAdio (TETRA) standard, the only open digital trunked radio standard which is defined by the European Telecommunications Standardisation Institute (ETSI) to meet the needs of the most demanding professional mobile radio users.

Motorola's Dimetra system is a true IP-based TETRA system. It will employ Motorola's level three-encryption security, which will provide the highest level of secure TETRA communications technology commercially available today.

A spokesperson for Siemens added, "We look forward to working with Motorola in delivering the public safety communications system for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games."

The consortium stated that deployment of the TETRA system has already commenced, with the network expected to be fully installed and operational by April of 2004.

During the Games, Siemens, Motorola and OTE will be working together to operate and maintain the system, which is expected to be used by more than 22,000 officers and personnel from Greek public safety organisations including police, fire brigade, ambulance services and the Greek coast guard.

"It is an honour for Motorola to be selected to provide the secure communications system for the Athens Games in support of the SAIC-Siemens consortium," stated Bill Spencer, senior vice president of Motorola. "We bring our full commitment and experience to this endeavour, and look forward to our advanced technology supporting the essential communication requirements of the Athens Government and public safety organisations."

The contract value to Motorola for the Athens public safety TETRA system will exceed US$25 million. In addition there will be a 10-year provision for the supply of services and support.

Following the Games, the Greek Government will continue to use the system for its public safety organisations and has indicated that it will consider adding additional government agencies.

Motorola CGISS is recognised as a market leader in digital private mobile radio technology development and has been awarded more than 600 digital radio contracts worldwide including more than 100 TETRA contracts in more than 40 countries. Motorola is also recognised as a worldwide leader in the supply and implementation of secure radio systems for police communications with an installed base in excess of 100,000 encrypted radios. Today's announcement marks an important advancement in Motorola's ongoing commitment to TETRA and, in particular, to providing comprehensive secure solutions to the public safety market.

About SAIC

SAIC is the nation's largest employee-owned research and engineering company, providing information technology, systems integration and eSolutions to commercial and government customers. SAIC engineers and scientists work to solve complex technical problems in national and homeland security, energy, the environment, space, telecommunications, health care and logistics. With annual revenues of US$5.9 billion, SAIC and its subsidiaries, including Telcordia Technologies, have more than 41,000 employees at offices in more than 150 cities worldwide.

More information about SAIC can be found at http://www.saic.com or call (858)826-7896.

About Motorola

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in wireless, automotive and broadband communications. Sales in 2002 were US$27.3 billion. Motorola is a global corporate citizen dedicated to ethical business practices and pioneering important innovations that make things smarter and life better, honored traditions that began when the company was founded 75 years ago this year.

For more information, visit http://www.motorola.com/tetra or http://www.tetramou.com or call 847/538-7660.
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