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Reliance selects Motorola for GSM network in India.


Motorola the Clear Leader in Providing Cellular Systems in India

Reliance Telecom, part of the Reliance Group of Industries in strategic alliance with NYNEX, today announced that it has awarded to Motorola International Cellular Infrastructure Division (ICID) a contract to install a Global System for Mobile (GSM) Communications network in India. The network in seven Telecom circles for which Reliance has cellular licenses will cover 13 States in Central, Eastern and North Eastern India, which represents one-third of India's population.

This latest award brings to nearly $300 million the total value of contracts awarded to Motorola ICID in India. Motorola's networks will provide service for over half of India's cellular subscribers in both metro and newly licensed circles, making Motorola India's leading GSM infrastructure provider.

The 13 States to be covered by Reliance have a combined population of over 300 million people. The area's harsh terrain and the lack of landline telephone service creates a solid opportunity for cellular phone service to succeed there.

In its first year of operation, Reliance plans to provide coverage in 30 cities and later, Reliance will provide cellular coverage in more than 200 cities within the seven circles.

"Providing top quality cellular service to our customers is Reliance's top priority," said Dr. N. Ravi, vice president, Reliance Telecom. "We selected Motorola to work with us on this project because of the commitment by Motorola's top management to our goals, its experience and expertise in the cellular field, its state-of-the-art equipment and its commitment to GSM." Another reason Motorola was selected according to Dr. Ravi is its strong presence in India.

As part of the arrangement with Reliance, Motorola ICID will install its M-Cell(TM) family of GSM base stations, which includes the M-Cell 2, M-Cell 6 and the M-Cell Micro products.

GSM is a digital cellular standard mandated by India's government. It is based on an open architecture network that uses the same number of frequencies as traditional analog, but in tighter re-use patterns and in more traffic-carrying capacity.

"We applaud Reliance for its commitment to quality and service, which parallels our own," said Moe Grzelakowski, vice president and general manager of Motorola ICID. "Motorola's dominant presence in India is significant and exciting, given the incredible growth this cellular market is experiencing," she added.

Motorola, Inc. has significant investments in India including a pager manufacturing facility, two-way radio and cellular telephone sales and distribution centers and a software research and development center. Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of wireless communications, semiconductors and advanced electronic systems, components and services. Its 1996 sales were $28 billion.

CONTACT: Motorola CIG, Arlington Heights

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