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Motorola receives expansion order for CDMA 1X system from KDDI
March 15, 2005
NEW ORLEANS and TOKYO -- Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) announced today that it has received a US$150 million expansion order to deploy its CDMA2000 1X Radio Access Network (RAN) system for KDDI, the leading carrier for 3G cellular phone service in Japan. The Motorola RAN system is scheduled for deployment beginning in fiscal 2006, primarily for services in the 2 GHz band, where KDDI has already begun to roll out services. The order represents the first stage in a broader plan for Motorola to provide equipment and services for KDDI's continued deployment of CDMA2000 1X.
In April 2002, KDDI began nation-wide deployment of CDMA2000 1X, a 3G cellular service, on Motorola's cdmaOne network. Since then, Motorola has played a vital role in KDDI's wireless mobile area, as KDDI's sole vendor of CDMA2000 1X RAN systems.
"Since we started the CDMA 1X commercial service, we have earned very high regard from our customers, and the total number of our CDMA subscribers has already reached 19 million," said Tadashi Onodera, president of KDDI Corporation. "In deploying this expansion system using Motorola's innovative solutions, we expect to boost the competitiveness of our CDMA 1X service in the Japanese market, ensuring that our current subscriber base continues to expand."
"The award of this expansion business is a reflection of KDDI's confidence and regard for Motorola's commitment and leadership in developing CDMA2000 1X technology," said Simon Leung, senior vice president, Motorola, Inc. and general manager for Motorola Networks in the Asia Pacific region. "We are helping to accelerate the mobile services market by offering wireless solutions that stimulate demand and optimize network performance to help operators maximize their return on current investments."
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