Harris wins $7 million contracts to provide infrastructure for broadband wireless access network to Sirius Wireless in Nigeria

June 3, 2004

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REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. -- Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) , a leading global supplier of wireless equipment and services, has been selected to provide the network infrastructure for Sirius Wireless Limited, a wireless services provider in Nigeria. The first phase of the multi-phase contracts has a value of approximately USD $7 million, if equipment and related service options are exercised. Phase one includes Harris ClearBurst(TM) MB base stations, microwave interconnect and associated services. When complete, the network will bring high-quality telephony and Internet access to more than 24,000 residential and business customers in Rivers State, Nigeria.

"After a considerable evaluation of major international bidders by our U.S. parent company, ThirdWave Networks Holdings, we are pleased to engage Harris as the contractor for our Rivers State, Nigeria broadband network," said Danjuma Saleh, director of Sirius Wireless. "Harris' experience and commitment to the Africa market was a significant consideration in this selection. The Harris system will help Sirius Wireless to deliver top-quality, world-class telecommunications services."

The ClearBurst MB broadband wireless access system has been installed successfully across four continents since its release in 2001. ClearBurst operates at the 3.5 frequency band, features a small size footprint and is easy to install and maintain. Sirius Wireless will utilize the ClearBurst Remote Stackable module to multiply the number of ports available at a single customer location. The stackable module connects a single Outdoor Unit (ODU) to up to eight Indoor Units (IDUs). This innovative signal distribution method allows the operator to save on the capital investment, rooftop leases and installation of the ODU. They will also use Harris TRuepoint(TM) radios for backhaul and Harris NetBoss(TM) network management systems.

"The flexible, cost-effective and bandwidth-efficient operation of the Harris system solution is ideal for growing service providers like Sirius who must be able to adapt and expand as needs change," said Guy Campbell, president of Harris Microwave Communications Division. "We are very pleased to be working with Sirius to build a network that will bring affordable communication services to an area where broadband access has been very limited and very costly."

"ThirdWave Networks Holdings Incorporated is executing a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) business model in strategic African countries," explained Charles Oshunremi, chairman and CEO of ThirdWave Networks Holdings, the parent company of Sirius Wireless. "Using wireless broadband technologies as a service delivery medium is a viable option in our markets and has strong upside in many developing economies where the landline infrastructure is inadequate."

Harris Corp.

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