Moto Lands GSM Deal

Motorola has been chosen by Warid Telecom International LLC to deploy a new 2.5G GSM network in the country

June 20, 2006

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SINGAPORE -- Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT - News) announced today that it has been chosen by Warid Telecom International LLC, a full service telecom provider for Bangladesh, to deploy a new 2.5G GSM network in the country. Expected to be commercially deployed by the end of 2006, the network will provide region-wide coverage in the Northeastern region. Eventually Warid Telecom's entire network will support voice and data services for up to five million new customers in Bangladesh.

Warid Telecom is fully committed to establishing itself as a leading provider of wireless services in Bangladesh. Bashir A. Tahir, CEO for Warid Telecom International LLC said, "Mobile communications is an empowering tool to transform individuals and businesses. We are pleased to be playing a part in the growing telecommunications sector in Bangladesh, and we are fully committed to building a world class mobile communications infrastructure in the country to deliver affordable voice and data services to all major cities and towns in 2006."

"Although we are a late entrant, Warid Telecom has an aggressive roll out plan that will see us reach the entire Bangladesh population within one year. We will also ensure that we offer our Bangladeshi brethren a wide range of differentiating services that will add value to their lives, as well as redefine customer service in the country," adds Muneer Farooqui, Chief Executive Officer Bangladesh Operations, Warid Telecom International LLC.

Warid Telecom will be deploying Motorola Reach GSM solutions to provide an 1800 MHz mobile network to deliver voice and data services. This new network will form the foundation for Warid Telecom's expansion in the country, and will be upgradeable to EDGE and eventually 3G to deliver media-rich data services. Motorola will also be supplying and implementing its wi4 Canopy® wireless broadband system to connect Warid's headquarter with its distributors nation-wide in Bangladesh. The wi4 Canopy, part of Motorola MOTOwi4(TM) wireless broadband solutions, provides a scalable, reliable platform that supports high speed broadband applications.

Jay Andersen, vice president, sales and operations for Motorola Networks & Enterprise, Asia said, "The telecommunications market in Bangladesh certainly presents many opportunities for growth. Morgan Stanley revealed in a report(1) that mobile penetration in Bangladesh can reach 25-30 percent within the next five years. With our expertise in designing cost-effective networks in emerging markets, we are confident that this relationship with Warid Telecom will create the building blocks to drive seamless mobility for consumers in Bangladesh."

Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT)

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