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MOTOROLA WINS SECOND SCANDINAVIAN GSM INFRASTRUCTURE CONTRACT

 MOTOROLA WINS SECOND SCANDINAVIAN GSM INFRASTRUCTURE CONTRACT
 ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola Inc.'s (NYSE: MOT) European Cellular Infrastructure Division has been awarded a contract to supply radio infrastructure equipment for Netcom, the Norwegian private-sector GSM cellular network operator. Awarded by Siemens, Netcom's prime contractor, the contract is Motorola's second major GSM success in Scandinavia -- Motorola is the prime contractor for Comvik, the private-sector license holder in Sweden.
 Working closely with Siemens, Motorola will supply between 100 and 200 radio base stations, associated base station controllers and an Operations and Maintenance Center, worth appropriately $15.4 million, for the first phase of the commercial network. Phase one coverage will include Oslo, Drammen, Moss and Lillehammer -- host of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. A unique feature of the Netcom contract is the requirement to provide cellular coverage in the extensive network of tunnels in Oslo.
 The Netcom infrastructure will be based on Siemens' EWSD switch. Harmonization of the A-interface between this switch and Motorola's GSM base station system has already been achieved.
 To service the contract, Motorola personnel are already based at the offices of Siemens AS in Oslo. Furthermore, Motorola is planning to expand its existing local operation in Norway to provide its comprehensive range of cellular network support services which include systems engineering, installation, commissioning and technical training.
 "Scandinavians are long standing users of cellular telephones and as such are among the most demanding customers in Europe," said Trygve Tamburstuen, chairman of Netcom. "With its track record with Comvik in Sweden, its established relationship with Siemens and its flexible base station products, Motorola has the necessary expertise to assist us in providing a network of exceptional quality."
 "Netcom's selection of Motorola's GSM infrastructure equipment follows Portugal's contract for TMN by just a few weeks," said Jack Scanlon, corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola's Cellular Infrastructure Group. "The list of countries choosing Motorola's GSM infrastructure equipment continues to expand, emphasizing the role Motorola is playing in the pan-European market."
 Welcoming the Netcom contract, David Hughes, vice president and general manager of Motorola ECID, said, "We are looking forward to working alongside Siemens on what is a technically challenging project. We are very confident that the combination of Motorola base station equipment and the Siemens EWSD switch will give Netcom a real competitive edge in the Norwegian GSM market."
 Motorola is one of the world's largest manufacturers of cellular telephone networks and is committed to the development of open cellular standards worldwide. The company has contracts to supply its advanced base station equipment to GSM operators in several European countries including Germany, the U.K., Portugal, Sweden, Spain and now Norway.
 In addition to its cellular infrastructure and subscriber equipment activities, Motorola is also a major provider of electronic computing and communications equipment, systems, components and services for worldwide markets.
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 /CONTACT: Julian Long of Motorola ECID, 44-793-541541, or David Pinsky of Motorola CIG, 708-632-2841/
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