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MOTOROLA SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS MAKES SUCCESSFUL BID FOR GEOSTAR RDSS LICENSES SUBJECT TO FCC APPROVAL; WARC-92 BENEFITS FORESEEN

MOTOROLA SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS MAKES SUCCESSFUL BID FOR GEOSTAR

RDSS LICENSES SUBJECT TO FCC APPROVAL; WARC-92 BENEFITS FORESEEN
 WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Iridium, Inc., the Motorola affiliate implementing a global personal communications system, announced today that Motorola had made a successful bid for the Radio Determination Satellite Services (RDSS) licenses of Geostar Corporation in a bankruptcy auction proceeding. The RDSS licenses cover the same frequency band and type of service that Motorola has applied for on behalf of Iridium before the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
 "Our acquisition of these RDSS licenses could have potential for expediting FCC approval of Iridium," said Robert W. Kinzie, chairman and CEO of Iridium, Inc. "Furthermore, we believe that the U.S. position at the World Administrative Radio Conference 1992 (WARC-92) would be significantly enhanced if there were a fully licensed, low earth orbit RDSS system approval."
 RDSS is a radio communications service in which the FCC authorized position and messages to be sent via satellite in the 1610-1626.5 MHz band. Geostar Corporation was licensed to use those frequencies for that purpose, but subsequently went out of business. Shortly thereafter, Iridium applied for authorization as an RDSS system, subject to certain waivers. However, other companies also applied for RDSS licenses with similar waivers, thus slowing down the FCC approval process.
 "Iridium will bring personal communications to the world with hand-held phone, fax and data which can be used to communicate with anyone, anytime and any place in the world," continued Kinzie. "Iridium will serve customers ranging from business persons to disaster communications agencies to people in unserved areas in both developed and developing countries. When local facilities are inoperative as in many disaster and emergency situations, Iridium can establish independent communication links for the affected communities -- helping to save lives and speed relief efforts."
 The licenses to construct, launch and operate a dedicated RDSS system consisting of three satellites were acquired by Motorola Satellite Communications. The FCC would have to agree to a modification of the licenses to accommodate the 77 satellite Iridium design and proposed services. Both systems would operate in the same 1610-1626.5 MHz band and provide RDSS service. Also, Iridium is designed to serve hand-held user terminals as is required by the FCC for RDSS systems.
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 /NOTE: Iridium is a trademark./
 /CONTACT: Mary Jo Manning of Hill and Knowlton, Inc., 202-944-5109, for Iridium/
 (MOT) CO: Iridium, Inc. ST: District of Columbia IN: TLS SU:


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