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Motorola Japan and NTT Software Sign MOU to Design and Deliver VoiceXML Applications in Japan; Collaboration to Provide Japanese Market with Voice Access of the Internet.

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 23, 2001

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that Motorola Japan Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NTT Software Corporation to develop and provide the "Voice Internet Platform" to Japan. The "Voice Internet Platform" will provide voice-accessibility to many services that are currently available in today's Internet environments, such as voice access to traffic information, weather reports, and stock quotes. Both Motorola and NTT Software will perform the development, integration and localization of the product for enterprise, ASP, and ISP use.

As a part of the MOU, Motorola will provide its Mya(TM) Voice Platform products, which are VoiceXML standard compliant and currently in development in six languages other than Japanese. NTT Software's superior Japanese language voice application development technology will help drive the development of a Japanese version of the "Voice Internet Platform" with Motorola.

"Motorola is committed to developing and providing the most advanced networking solutions that enable new and unique means of Internet access. Through our VoiceXML standard compliant Voice Platforms, we do just that," said Shigeru Sando, Executive Vice President, Motorola Japan Ltd. "We are very pleased to co-develop this system with NTT Software to provide the `Voice Internet' in Japan. By doing so, anyone from children to the elderly will enjoy access of the Internet and applications by simply using their `voice,' from any wireless or landline telephone."

"We are very pleased to co-develop and provide `Voice Internet' through the collaboration of the technologies from both Motorola and NTT Software," said Mr. Ryuichi Hosoya, Executive Vice President, NTT Software Corporation. "By using our voice application system, InfoTalker, based on NTT Lab and ATR CHATR technologies, and the Nuance(R) voice application system, we believe we can provide the most advanced man-machine interface. With the system, people can speak directly with an Internet assistant, just as a personal assistant, and have access to hundreds of Internet applications and services."

Applications for reserving and purchasing airline flights and concert tickets will soon be available as well. All voice applications will emphasize ease of use and mobility, and will be accessible 24 hours a day from fixed landline telephone or wireless phones. In addition to Japanese, Motorola is expected to deploy its first Spanish language products next month.

About VoiceXML/Voice XML Forum

The VoiceXML Forum is an industry organization founded by AT&T, IBM, Lucent and Motorola, and chartered with establishing and promoting the Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML), a new specification essential to making Internet content and information accessible via voice and phone.

With the backing and technology contributions of its four world-class founders, and the support of leading Internet industry players, the VoiceXML Forum is uniquely positioned to make speech-enabled applications on the Internet a near-term reality.

The Forum membership currently includes the four Sponsor members, 52 Promoter members and 410 Supporter members.

About Motorola's Mya(TM) Voice Platforms

The Mya(TM) Voice Platform portfolio of systems and software delivers on the promise of voice access for Internet applications and services. It's the first fully integrated platform that provides not only scalable architecture for operators to deploy voice-based Internet access but also an optional set of tools, applications and voice application development services to expand its capabilities.

For consumers, Mya(TM) Voice Platform products are the solution that provides fast Internet access to voice enabled sites -- anytime and anywhere. For operators, Mya Voice Platform products are part of Motorola's end-to-end Internet solution that includes infrastructure, components, handsets and other devices, applications and services. More information can be found at http://www.motorola.com/mya.

About InfoTalker

InfoTalker is a Voice Application System that reads out Japanese mixing "Kana" and "Kanji". Unlike former "Text to Speech" technologies that utilize digital signals, InfoTalker synthesizes real human voices to output, enabling both clarity of speech and natural intonation.

InfoTalker also delivers realistic female voices, which had been very difficult to synthesize on a computer in the past. Moreover, InfoTalker can read out Japanese with a limited possibility of error, due to its premier Japanese processing technology and huge-scale 500,000-word Japanese dictionary.

About ATR Group

The ATR Group was established in March 1986 with support from various sections of industry, academia and government to serve as a major center of basic and creative telecommunications R&D. Its basic policy is to promote research collaboration among researchers both at home and abroad. The ATR Group comprises nine corporations: R&D corporations, four corporations designed to manage research fruits, and an umbrella corporation, ATR International. While the former four are now conducting research, the latter four have completed their R&D programs and are now managing the fruits of their research to promote their propagation and wider application. The four R&D corporations' activities are funded by the Japan Key Technology Center (70%) and 138 private enterprises (30%).

About NTT Software

NTT Software Corporation was founded in July 1985, when Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), the world's largest telecommunications company, was privatized. NTT Software started its business by carrying out design and building tasks for the development of advanced and large-scale telecommunications technology by NTT Laboratories and it has developed business for various areas including the Internet and bio-informatics technologies. In 2000, NTT Software places emphasis on the solutions of Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), Electronic Commerce/Customer Relationship Management (EC/CRM) and Security as its three main business fields for strengthening its sales. URL: http://www.ntts.co.jp

About Motorola

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions and embedded electronics solutions. Sales in 2000 were $37.6 billion. More information can be found at Motorola's company Web site: http://www.motorola.com.

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