Motorola Introduces 3G Cellular Gateway in Latin America through Agreement with Brightstar
Provides Internet and networking solutions for home and small office environments
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – 04 April 2006 - Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT), a global leader in wireless communications and seamless mobility, has introduced the Motorola NC800 Cellular Gateway in Latin America through a distribution agreement with Brightstar, a leading distribution and supply chain solutions company serving the wireless industry. With the Motorola Cellular Gateway and service provided by a local mobile operator, users can wirelessly connect to the Internet via their computers wherever CDMA cellular coverage is available. The Motorola Cellular Gateway will be on display at CTIA Wireless 2006 at the Motorola booth, Central Hall 3, Booth # 2606.
In many countries where wired Internet connectivity is available, options are limited to telco provided dial-up service with speeds averaging 28.8kbps. Installation of residential telephone lines to accommodate broadband services, if available, can take weeks or even months, contributing to very low numbers of people connected to the Internet. In Latin America, for example, it is estimated that less than 12 percent of the population has Internet connectivity.
The Motorola Cellular Gateway delivers a new opportunity for millions more to connect to the web. By creatively combining Wi-Fi and cellular technologies, the Motorola Cellular Gateway provides an exciting, easy-to-install, wireless Internet option to residential and small office users, letting them surf the web and download data at broadband speeds.
“The Motorola Cellular Gateway is an innovative solution that supports our vision of seamless mobility and helps connect the unconnected,” said Eduardo Conrado, vice president, Global Marketing, Motorola Networks. “By bundling this product with new service options, mobile operators have an opportunity to optimize network capacity and increase revenues while building loyalty among their customers.”
Integrated networking and Wi-Fi features within the Motorola Cellular Gateway allow multiple users to enjoy shared information and high-speed broadband access at the same time. In the home, for example, multiple family members can be working independently using different computers to complete online homework assignments, shop and catch up on e-mail. For small business owners and customers connecting to private networks, the Cellular Gateway’s integrated security and VPN pass through features deliver connectivity with confidence that their data is protected.
“This is an exciting product for the markets we serve,” said Fernando Rodriguez, vice president, Wireless Data & Telecom Solutions, Brightstar. “It provides a unique and much needed solution for high-speed broadband connectivity in Latin America where wired connections are impractical or where speed of the connection does not meet expectations of today’s broadband savvy consumers. “
The Motorola Cellular Gateway, first introduced in Latin America, is expected to be available in other regions of the world as additional distribution agreements are signed. This initial distribution agreement with Brightstar covers Central America, South America (excluding Brazil), Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. For more information on availability in Latin American markets, please contact the Wireless Data & Telecom Solutions team at Brightstar at +1-305-421-6000.
For more information about the Motorola Cellular Gateway, please visit: http://www.motorola.com/networks/cellulargateway. For more information about Motorola at CTIA Wireless 2006, please visit: www.motorola.com/ctia
Brightstar Corp. is the leading wireless distributor and supply chain solutions provider for the global wireless telecom industry. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, Brightstar has sales and distribution operations in North America, Latin America, Asia, Australia and Middle/East Africa and manufacturing facilities in Argentina and Mexico. The company serves over 220 network operators and 25,000 resellers, retailers and agents around the world and also represents many of the world’s leading wireless manufacturers. The company exceeded $2.25 billion in revenue in 2005. For more information, visit www.brightstarcorp.com
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 US $36.8 billion in 2005. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit www.motorola.com
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