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 September 12, 2000
Motorola and Compaq Next-Generation EDGE Wireless Networks

 Compaq Computer Corporation and Motorola, Inc. jointly announced an expanded OEM agreement in which Compaq's Home Location Register (HLR) will be included in Motorola's Enhanced Data for Global Evolution (EDGE) wireless technologies. Motorola's next-generation EDGE solutions are being designed to allow today's mobile operators to simultaneously offer voice and high-speed wireless Internet services on an integrated network, thus providing a more positive experience for mobile subscribers and allowing for lower costs for mobile operators.

The HLR is the main database in wireless networks and could support multiple EDGE core networks. Its primary task is to ensure that wireless services follow a subscriber when he or she roams outside the home cell. The HLR stores and tracks subscriber profile data, which determine the paid-for services of each subscriber in the system, and performs mobility management and authentication functions.

The EDGE HLR is to reside on the same ServerNet(tm)-enabled Compaq NonStop(tm) Himalaya(tm) platform that is used around the world for wireless services on mobile voice networks. This platform has proven that it can deliver the reliability, scalability and performance that next generation networks and services require.

In addition, the platform is very flexible and allows operators to deploy multiple applications and services, which enables operators to increase system capability. Plans to enable both the EDGE HLR and ANSI-41 HLR on the same platform with a shared subscriber database should offer some unique advantages to today's IS-136 operators where the voice and data HLRs typically are separate.

Combining the two HLR solutions on a single platform could reduce the total cost of ownership, allowing third-generation (3G) and EDGE technologies to be more affordable and more attuned to market demands.

"On EDGE third-generation wireless technology, the HLR is to be much more advanced and capable because voice and data are to be used simultaneously on wireless devices," said Mike Malone, Motorola Global Telecom Solutions Sector vice president and general manager of the EDGE Systems Division. "It's exciting to look into the future and see how the wireless future should change the way we work and communicate, and Motorola's EDGE solution soon should happen, with the help of partners like Compaq," said Malone.

Larry Schwartz, vice president and general manager, Compaq Telecom, said, "Today's news, that Compaq's HLR is one of the critical products within Motorola's 3G infrastructure plans, reflects the value of Compaq's experience in wireless and the many years of close partnering between our two companies."

Schwartz continued, "Compaq is committed to help build a wireless Internet future, and our HLR, which supports well over 50 million wireless subscribers, is a major building block. Going forward, Compaq will continue to enhance its highly available and scalable architecture to ensure that it remains a cost- effective investment that will also meet carrier needs through the migration to 3G networks."

EDGE is Motorola's Aspira(tm) enhanced technology platform, to be built on general packet radio service (GPRS) architecture. The EDGE radio interface and modulation scheme should allow migration of second- generation digital systems to provide 3G-like speeds, more than 400 kilobits per second, which is required for real-time Internet access.