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Motorola and the Fabela Groupe Internacional first to bring personal communications services to the Caribbean and Latin America.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 20, 1995-- Motorola's Cellular Infrastructure Group (CIG) has announced an agreement with the Fabela Groupe Internacional, Ltd. (FGI) to supply and deploy a Personal Communications Services (PCS) network in Aruba. This network represents the first PCS system at 1.9 GHz in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Motorola and FGI will deploy an Electronic Mobile Exchange (EMX(R)) 2500 based system with SC(TM) 2400 and SC 600 cell site equipment with Narrow Band Advanced Mobile Phone Service (NAMPS) technology initially. The versatile, state-of-the-art base stations will allow for the migration to digital Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology. Unique to the marketplace, the SC cell sites are based on an open architecture that supports multiple air interfaces including AMPS, NAMPS and CDMA in a single cabinet.

According to Augie K. Fabela, Sr., chairman, FGI, ``We have selected CDMA as our long-term technology of choice because of its inherent ability to deliver the advanced features demanded by our customers.'' FGI was recently awarded its first license to operate a PCS system in the Caribbean.

The initial system in Aruba will be installed in second half of this year.

``Motorola has made a strong commitment to CDMA technology and PCS and this agreement with Fabela Groupe Internacional is an important step in bringing PCS to residents of the Caribbean,'' said Jack Finlayson, vice president and general manager, Motorola CIG Pan American Market Division. ``We believe advanced communication services will place Aruba in the forefront of attracting both new business and investment.'' The agreement with FGI will be Motorola's first wireless infrastructure system in Aruba. Initially, the system will serve up to 2,000 subscribers.

The EMX 2500 switch is based on a digital platform that provides for advanced Intelligent Network (IN) features and switching for Motorola's analog and CDMA networks. Hardware for the EMX 2500 switch is supplied by DSC Communications Corporation and is based on its DSC DEX 600 switch technology. The EMX 2500 is developed by Motorola and DSC.

Motorola will also provide total turnkey support to FGI through its Genesis(TM) Precision Constructed Services program. The Genesis program was designed to assist operators in building their PCS sites quickly and cost-effectively, by combining the expertise of experienced industry suppliers with Motorola's RF and field engineering teams.

Fabela Groupe Internacional, Ltd. operates as an investment and management company overseeing each of the Fabela companies and investments. FGI was a pioneer in wireless communications in Russia as a founder in VimpelCom, Russia's largest cellular operator with licenses covering over 20% (30 million) of Russia's population. FGI's new venture, Caribbean Wireless Communications N.V., will seek to invest over $50 million in developing communications throughout the Caribbean.

Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of wireless communications, semiconductors, and advanced electronic systems and services. Motorola's 1994 sales were $22.2 billion.

CONTACT: Motorola, CIG, Arlington Heights

Mary Anne McAndrew, 708/632-2775
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