Motorola Launches Next Generation TETRA Base Station

Motorola Launches Next Generation TETRA Base Station

New TETRA Base Stations from Motorola ready to hit the market.

FRANKFURT, Germany – 30 November 2005 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today launched its next generation TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio) base stations for the government, public safety and industrial markets. With significant improvements in size, weight and power consumption, the new products are designed to reduce installation time and operating costs.

The new base station will be offered in two versions, a small two-carrier station, MTS2, as well as a four-carrier station, MTS4, that can be expanded to eight carriers. There will be options for indoor and a variety of outdoor installation configurations. In addition to currently supported UHF frequencies, the base station will also cover frequency bands to address growing TETRA markets in Russia, North Africa and China as well as Europe.

Power consumption is reduced by up to 33 percent, leading to lower running costs for radio network operators. Furthermore, reduced size and weight of the base stations will reduce site rental, installation and maintenance costs.

Further operational benefits are achieved through the introduction of “drop & insert E1 interfaces enabling cost efficient, flexible and resilient connections to the switching centre. Additionally, the use of two lines of connection between the base station and the central switching equipment provides two clear benefits for operators and users.

  • It allows more stations to be added to a network ring, reducing the length of connections between base stations which, in turn, reduces line rental costs.
  • The use of two lines provides a redundant connection in case one fails, ensuring always-on connectivity.

The new Motorola base stations also deliver “Best-in-Class” receiver sensitivity performance, which together with increased transmit power on the compact MTS2 base station will potentially enable network operators to provide TETRA coverage with fewer sites as well as giving users better quality of service

The product’s TETRA 2 capability means the base station is built for the future, and can be easily upgraded for high speed data services as the software becomes available..

The base stations are expected to be used by organisations such as public safety, government, transport, oil and gas, radio network operators and the military to build new radio systems where mobile communication coverage is needed. The new base stations are also compatible with legacy Motorola TETRA systems and so can be used to expand existing TETRA systems. In order to address the expanding TETRA market and environmental demands the base stations can withstand a wide temperature range from -30C to +60C.

Gary Aitkenhead, Director of Dimetra Infrastructure Marketing at Motorola, comments: “Motorola is committed to investing in products that support the needs of TETRA operators and users, providing our customers with the most up-to-date, future-proof technology available. As well as delivering significant functionality, performance and cost of ownership benefits, TETRA 2 capability will ensure that this base station will be around for a long time to come and we are already building up customer orders.”

The new Motorola base stations offer a high level of security, including dynamic and static Air Interface encryption, which prevents unauthorised monitoring of the communications, as well as intrusion detection and site monitoring. In these cases, should someone break into the base station’s physical location, an alarm is sounded to warn a network operator of the intrusion.

The new Motorola base stations are available to order now and will be available for shipment to customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America in 2006.

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Suzanne McDermott-Swan, Motorola Inc
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