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September 17, 1996
Motorola Signs $53 Million Supply Contract With Bell
Atlantic NYNEX Mobile
Will Deploy CDMA technology in Phoenix and Charlotte
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Motorola's Pan American
Infrastructure Division (PWID) has signed a $53 million network
upgrade agreement with Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile (BANM), which
includes the deployment of CDMA
(Code Division Multiple Access)
technology in Phoenix, Arizona and Charlotte, North Carolina.
As part of the agreement, Motorola will install its state-of-the-art
SC(tm) 9650 base station equipment in
BANM's Southeast Region and in
the Southwest Region of Cellular One, wholly-owned by BANM.
Motorola's SC 9600 family of base stations supports multiple analog
and digital radio frequency interfaces including AMPS (Advanced Mobile
Phone Service), NAMPS (Narrowband AMPS) and CDMA. Motorola's existing
high-capacity EMX (Electronic Mobile Exchange)® 2500 switch will be
utilized in the networks.
Phoenix and Charlotte will begin offering digital CDMA service in
early 1997. CDMA service in the two markets will feature the 13 KBPS
vocoder (voice encoder), which allows network users to enjoy improved
voice quality with static and cross-talk virtually eliminated. In
addition, as a result of the CDMA technology, users will be able to
enjoy such additional service features as enhanced messaging
capability, caller ID and message waiting indicators.
"Subscribers in these two markets will soon realize the many
of CDMA, including much longer battery life and improved service and
call quality," said Dick Lynch, executive vice president and chief
technical officer of BANM. "We have a long-standing relationship
Motorola and are pleased to be working with them in deploying a
full-featured CDMA service offering premier 13 KBPS voice quality."
Jack Finlayson, corporate vice president and general manager of
Motorola's PWID, added, "BANM has reinforced its position as a
in the wireless communications industry by bringing CDMA technology to
its customers. We've worked closely with BANM in developing an
optimal system design that will provide the highest level of service
for BANM customers in the Southeast and Southwest."
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile,
headquartered in Bedminster, New Jersey, is the largest wireless
service provided on the East Coast and the second largest provider in
the U.S. The company offers a full range of wireless voice, data and
paging communications solutions to its 3.8 million customers in the
Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast and through a separate subsidiary in
the Southwest. The company was formed in July, 1995 through the
combination of Bell Atlantic Mobile's and NYNEX Mobile's cellular
operations. The company has more that 5,000 employees.
BANM's Southeast Region serves much of the states of North and South
Carolina, including Charlotte, Greenville and Columbia. Cellular
One's Southwest Region includes Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona;
Albuquerque, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.
Motorola delivered the world's first commercial CDMA system in late
1995 in Hong Kong. Currently, the company has agreements to provide
commercial and trial CDMA equipment in more than 25 cellular and PCS
(Personal Communications Services) markets worldwide.
Motorola is one of the world's
leading providers of wireless
communications, semiconductors and advanced electronic systems and
services. Motorola's 1995 sales were $27 billion.
- Andrea Linskey (908) 306-7845