ORLANDO, Fla., March 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CTIA Wireless 2007 -- Motorola (NYSE: MOT) announced today it has nine contracts for the installation of 802.16e WiMAX networks and is taking part in 25 trials with the technology worldwide, confirming the growth of WiMAX especially in emerging markets. Motorola now has WiMAX trials and deployments underway in six continents. The newest Motorola WiMAX trial agreement is with TVA, a multi-services operator in Brazil, which will conduct a trial for the use of mobile WiMAX technology (802.16e) in Rio de Janeiro. The solution will cover central Rio and part of the south of the city, providing wireless broadband services with voice, data and multimedia capacity for a select group of users. The WiMAX platform, including use of the 2.5 GHz spectrum in line with Anatel regulations, enables rapid digital inclusion, as well as an opportunity to provide multimedia (voice, data and image) services. By digitalizing its MMDS (Multipoint Multichannel Distribution System) network, TVA is able to expand its service offering, creating a new model for competition. In the agreement, Motorola will supply its wi4 WiMAX access points and end user equipment. WiMAX 802.16e permits indoor installation of customer premises equipment without line of sight to the radio base stations, ensuring high user service capacity. The technology also permits high data rates and a wider range of coverage than other currently available technologies. The trial period will enable TVA to assess the performance of the technology in the differentiated demographic topology of the city of Rio de Janeiro, as well as the mobile TV, video, VoIP, and media streaming services and data applications. "The digitalization of our MMDS network maximizes spectrum use, enabling us to offer our subscribers more services and products," said Virgilio Amaral, director of strategy and technology of TVA. "Additionally, we intend to extend our TVA at School social project, one of the targets of which is to provide broadband access, cable TV and content for public schools." "We are very pleased to announce this WiMAX trial in Latin America, particularly because it is being executed in conjunction with a company recognized for innovation in providing broadband services in Brazil," said Eduardo Stefano, vice president, sales and service, Motorola Networks & Enterprise. "Motorola is a leader in mobile WiMAX solutions worldwide and is committed to delivering state-of-the-art technological services and solutions to its customers." "Our solution is flexible, easy to install, scalable and very competitive compared with the fixed offerings currently available on the market, such as ADSL and cable," Stefano added. Motorola's WiMAX solutions support long-range, personal broadband through fixed, portable, nomadic and mobile applications. The company's MOTOwi4(TM) portfolio of WiMAX solutions consists of access points (radio base stations); customer premises equipment (CPE); PC WiMAX cards; and, mobile WiMAX chipsets, which are currently under development and will be used in Motorola devices to complete broadband wireless networks. To get more information about Motorola wi4 WiMAX and MOTOwi4 solutions, please visit: http://www.motorola.com/wi4. About TVA TVA is a multi-service company belonging to the Abril Group. Known for its total customer focus, the company constantly presents technological innovations that anticipate market needs with the offer of multiple bundles that permit flexibility of choice for the consumer. The company was the first to launch Digital TV via Cable in 2004, permitting other important service launches such as TVA DVR, high definition broadcasts of the World Cup, as well as TVA Portatil (Portable TVA). In 2006, the company digitalized its MMDS network in Sao Paulo, initiating 100 percent digital coverage in the whole of Greater Sao Paulo. In 2007, TVA concluded digitalization of its Rio de Janeiro MMDS network and is preparing to do the same in Curitiba, as a means of expanding coverage and service offerings. In the broadband segment, the company was the first to announce WiMAX tests and will be commercializing the technology from 2007 in the city of Curitiba (Parana). The company's product portfolio also includes Ajato Broadband Internet, which provides personalized service for corporate and residential customers. In October 2006, Telefonica and the Abril Group signed an agreement for the sale of part of TVA's common and preferential shares in accordance with the legislation governing the sector. The companies are awaiting Anatel's approval for the completion of this process. About Motorola Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications. Inspired by our vision of Seamless Mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you get and stay connected simply and seamlessly to the people, information, and entertainment that you want and need. We do this by designing and delivering "must have" products, "must do" experiences and powerful networks -- along with a full complement of support services. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of U.S. $42.9 billion in 2006. For more information, please visit http://www.motorola.com . MOTOROLA and the stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. (C) Motorola, Inc. 2007
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