Harris has been selected as prime contractor for MTC-Vodafone's Integrated Network Management System (INMS) in Kuwait

January 21, 2004

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MELBOURNE, Fla. -- MTC-Vodafone, the first mobile telecommunications provider in Kuwait, has selected Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) as the prime contractor for its new multi-million dollar Integrated Network Management System (INMS) Project. The INMS will provide integrated fault, performance and inventory management systems for comprehensive, end-to-end management of MTC's extensive telecommunications network in Kuwait. A backup system also will be deployed for disaster recovery.

"We are focused on optimizing our network to provide the highest levels of service quality and the latest advancements in technology to our customers," said Dr. Saad H. Al-Barrak, Director General of MTC-Vodafone. "This is a strategic project for MTC as it will enable the free flow of information between the network, services, and business layers of the company. The Harris approach will allow us to centralize all network and service management aspects of our business and make its operations easily visible to personnel across the organization."

"Harris is very pleased to be selected for this important network management project that will enable MTC's engineers, maintenance crews, customer care and sales staffs, and management to understand and control the behavior of the network at any given time," said Howard L. Lance, chairman and CEO of Harris. "We have broad experience in international telecom projects and will apply that knowledge to the successful implementation of the MTC system."

Under the contract, Harris brings together a suite of industry leading products including Harris' NetBoss™ platform, ADC Metrica™ Performance Manager, and Cramer Systems Limited's Cramer4 platform. The project is expected to be completed in 2004, with priority subsystems coming on-line as early as February. Harris has managed the turnkey implementation of more than 150 network management projects worldwide.

The INMS will monitor the entire network for equipment faults and network performance parameters, correlate these, and provide a unified view of service quality across the network. Correlation with the inventory database will enable specific service areas that may be affected by network problems to be immediately identified for rapid service recovery and restoration. NetBoss will identify and prioritize network events that could cause service interruption, and provide automatic notification to appropriate MTC operations and maintenance staff. MTC management will have summary reports on network behavior so continuous improvement can be measured. The MTC Help Desk will be provided with a web view of network behavior so they can provide customers with accurate and timely information.

Founded in 1983, MTC entered into a partnership agreement in September 2002 with Vodafone, one of the world's leading mobile communications companies. The agreement was the first of its kind in the Middle East and has been followed closely with an agreement to work as a partnership on the second GSM license in Bahrain. MTC-Vodafone Bahrain commenced service on December 31, 2003. In January 2003, MTC acquired a 96.6 percent equity interest in Jordan Mobile Telephone Services Company Ltd. ("Fastlink"), which represented an important step towards MTC's regional expansion strategy and firmly places the company on a regional footing.

"Harris has installed similar systems for companies that operate regionally and wish to have affiliates manage their networks locally while providing headquarters with summary information on quality of services in those operations," explained Rich Pappalardo, director of International Sales, Harris Network Support Division (NSD). "Once the system is implemented in Kuwait, MTC can deploy it to other companies in the MTC Group."

Harris Corp.


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