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Mobily Awards Motorola $150 Million GSM Expansion Contract in Saudi Arabia

Date: 1/6/2008 12:06:27 PM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 6 /PRNewswireFirstCall/ Motorola, Inc. today announced that it has signed a contract valued at $150 million with Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) to further expand the operators GSM coverage in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Saudi Arabia.
Under the terms of this turnkey expansion contract, Motorola will deliver its GSM infrastructure solutions as well as comprehensive services, including network planning, optimization, operations and maintenance, to enable Mobily to increase its subscriber base capacity within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The network expansion that was put in place for the Northwest and Southwest regions of the Kingdom by Motorola last year has already helped Mobily to increase its subscriber base capacity, which will enable us to meet our business objectives, said Khalid AlKaf, CEO of Mobily. We trust Motorola to continue providing us with high performance GSM solutions, he added.
Motorola began working with Mobily in 2004, supporting its business goal to reach more than 3.5 million nationwide subscribers by the end of its first year of service in May 2006.

This latest contract recognizes Mobilys confidence in Motorolas GSM solutions to meet the customers evolving feature, performance and network reliability requirements. Furthermore, this additional turnkey expansion project will enable Mobily to get the most from its infrastructure investment, while enabling the operator to focus on its core business, said Ali Amer, vice president sales, Middle East, Africa & Pakistan, Motorola Home & Networks Mobility.
A portion of revenue on this contract was recognized in the fourth quarter of 2007.
About Etihad Etisalat Company (Mobily)

Mobily is the official brand name of Etihad Etisalat, the new mobile service provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Established in accordance with a 2004 royal decree, the ownership of the company is twofold: A Saudi ownership, comprising public investors holding 20% of the companys shareholding, while private investors own a 45% stake. The balance of 35% is owned by the Etisalat of UAE. Mobily has more than 4.5 million subscribers in its first operational year, and has been able to cover all the cities and major towns, as well as the highways in the Kingdom, as a remarkable achievement. Mobilys points of sales are located in more than 4000 outlets throughout the Kingdom. The company aims at expanding rapidly through its major strategic back bone network project which will finish its first phase by the end of 2006.
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 connect 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 US $42.8 billion in 2006. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, 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. 2008. All rights reserved.

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