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INDONESIA'S DISASTER RELIEF AIDED BY MOTOROLA'S NEW CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

 ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- In December 1992, the Indonesian Island of Flores was devasted by an earthquake and tidal wave that caused the deaths of more than 2,000 people and destroyed much of the island's infrastructure. While relief efforts were immediately undertaken by multiple agencies, the lack of a functioning telephone network would severely hamper these efforts as well as prevent communication between concerned family members and friends.
 Motorola developed a plan for an emergency network that would provide basic telephone services to the region. With the telecommunications system's outside plant facilities greatly damaged, the situation was prime for Motorola's new Wireless Local Loop product, WILL(R).
 A task force was organized to handle the logistics of providing assistance as soon as possible to the grief-stricken area. Dedicated teams at the Arlington Heights facility and in Indonesia pulled together over the holiday season to manufacture, transport and implement the system. The national telephone company, P.T. Telkom, Motorola's Indonesian licensee, P.T. INTI, and various other government agencies provided key support for system installation. From order placement to system optimization, the WILL(R) project took three weeks; installation of the operational system was completed in a record five days.
 "We hope our contributions helped to accelerate the relief efforts and to emphasize our commitment to act as a responsible member of the business community," stated Pertti Johansson, vice-president and general manager of Motorola's International Cellular Infrastructure Division, Cellular Infrastructure Group. "We know how critical telecommunications are to recovery efforts and we are glad that we were able to provide the timely and key assistance necessary."
 Flores Island is one of more than 13,000 islands comprising the Republic of Indonesia.
 Motorola is the world's leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of cellular systems, infrastructure equipment and subscriber products. The company is also one of the leading providers of electronic equipment, systems components and services for worldwide markets.
 For more background information call 708-632-4474.
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 /CONTACT: Judy SooHoo for Motorola CIG, 708-632-4474/
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