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MOTOROLA RECEIVES TWO ADDITIONAL MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS OF NAMPS TECHNOLOGY

                MOTOROLA RECEIVES TWO ADDITIONAL MAJOR
                   ENDORSEMENTS OF NAMPS TECHNOLOGY
    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- It was announced today that two major international cellular operators plan to implement Motorola's Narrowband Advanced Mobile Phone Service (NAMPS) by 1992's fourth quarter.
    Thailand's Total Access Communications and Israel's MTCCL have each selected Motorola's NAMPS -- a unique call handling system that can triple cellular capacity threefold on their expanding systems.  Users will also have access to Digital Messaging Services (DMS), currently exclusive to NAMPS systems.  Subscribers will be able to take advantage of the digital features using their handset much like a pager.  Some DMS features include:  Voice Mail Status, Call Back Number and Short Messaging, each one offering more convenience for end users and additional revenue potential for cellular operators.
    "The acceptance of NAMPS by two such reputable cellular operators validates the role this technology plays within the worldwide cellular marketplace," said Pertti Johansson, vice president and director of Motorola's International Cellular Infrastructure Division.  "NAMPS permits subscribers the continued use of the popular pocket-sized telephones while simultaneously increasing system capacity.  The benefits of NAMPS will be evident to those in the cities of Bangkok, Thailand, and Tel Aviv, Israel, from the moment of implementation."
    Just weeks ago the US West NewVector Group endorsed NAMPS, calling it "a solid, viable technology that can handle the startling growth of cellular communications."
    Field testing of the NAMPS technology first began in January 1991 in Las Vegas, one of the fastest growing and largest portable phone markets in the country on the Centel Cellular system.  Additional testing was also completed in Arlington Heights, Ill., headquarters of Motorola's Cellular Groups.
    "We are currently planning to introduce Motorola's NAMPS technology, as we consider it a natural upgrade of our existing system in terms of capacity expansion, as well as the addition of new features," said Beny Epstein, general manager of Israel's MTCCL.
    Poosana Premanoch, managing director for Thailand's Total Access Communications, added, "Our subscriber base in Bangkok is comprised of over 99 percent portable handheld users, therefore our continued success during 1992/1993 is focused on being able to meet current and future subscribers' demands by offering competitively priced and generally available handheld phones.  The uncertainty in TDMA handheld phone availability and added price per unit to compensate for additional design complexity requires us to move forward with a NAMPS-based solution.  The opportunity to offer value-added services via the NAMPS digital signaling scheme was also a consideration for going forward."
    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.
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    /CONTACT:  David A. Pinsky of Motorola, 708-632-2841/
    (MOT) CO:  Motorola, Inc. ST:  Illinois IN:  TLS SU: SM -- NY082 -- 0630 02/19/92 16:38 EST
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