MOTOROLA AND ALCATEL SIGN GSM PATENT LICENSING AND CERTIFICATION AGREEMENT
MOTOROLA AND ALCATEL SIGN GSM PATENT
LICENSING AND CERTIFICATION AGREEMENT
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and Alcatel announced today that they have signed a licensing agreement regarding essential GSM patents. According to the terms of the contract, Motorola will license all of its existing essential GSM cellular patents required to conform to the GSM standard.
Additionally, the two companies formally agreed to a program that will guarantee that Motorola's GSM base station (RF) equipment will operate with the Alcatel GSM switching platforms. The two companies have already initiated this program and they will complete the certification process when a customer requires a Motorola base station and an Alcatel switch.
According to Jack Scanlon, corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola's Cellular Infrastructure Group, the agreement reflects Motorola's commitment to totally open architecture.
"Our new relationship with Alcatel solidifies our commitment to providing totally compatible cellular infrastructure equipment. These types of relationships ensure that our GSM customers will be able to choose the switch of their choice when they deploy Motorola's RF equipment," said Scanlon.
"Alcatel will, of course, continue to offer complete GSM Networks including the switching platform and its own radio equipment. However, Alcatel recognizes that open architecture might be an element of success of the GSM standard. The agreement now allows Alcatel a certain freedom to design GSM systems according to the GSM Standards, some of which are covered by Motorola patents," said Jean Guibourg, executive vice president, Alcatel Radio Communications, Space & Defense Group (RSD).
John Salcius, senior vice president and general manager for Motorola's International Cellular Subscriber Group, was also pleased with the agreement. "The agreement with Alcatel indicates our willingness to license patents that are essential to participation in the GSM market," said Salcius.
When asked about negotiations with other GSM suppliers, Marty Singer, director of worldwide product management for Motorola's Cellular Infrastructure Group, stated that Motorola hopes to sign similar licensing agreements with all of the major GSM switch and radio equipment manufacturers.
Alcatel (a member of the Alcatel Alsthom Group) is a worldwide leader for development, manufacture, supply and maintenance of communication systems including public networks, business communications, radio communications, space defense and cable activities. Alcatel has major industrial facilities in 22 countries and its annual sales to customers spread over 110 countries amount to about 13.5 billion ECUs by 90 year end.
Alcatel RSD coordinates the activities in the field of microwave systems including earth stations, mobile communication systems, satellite payloads, defense communications and security systems as well as navigation equipment.
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 further information, please contact Motorola, Inc., 1475 West Shure Drive, Room N232, Arlington Heights, Ill. 60004. Phone: 708-632-6024. Fax 708-632-4123.
/CONTACT: Susan Schmitz, 708-632-6024, for Motorola/
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