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Yemen’s SabaFon to Boost Mobile Subscriber Base with Motorola GSM Network Expansion Contract


Expansion to increase geographic mobile coverage and customer capacity

SANA’A, YEMEN – 21 November 2006 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) announced today that it has signed an agreement with SabaFon to increase the coverage range and capacity of the operator’s GSM network to serve a greater number of subscribers in Yemen. The network expansion initiative, using a Motorola Reach GSM solution, will widen the scope of SabaFon’s reach in both the northern and southern regions of Yemen and boost SabaFon’s customer reach as a growing number of residents opt for GSM connectivity.

Penetration of telecommunications in Yemen is on the increase as the modernization programs implemented by the government come to fruition, and international connectivity connections show the vast improvement in the state of the industry. Mobile subscription rates are also growing dramatically, albeit from a small base, which leads to exciting opportunities for companies such as SabaFon with strong local and regional knowledge, complemented by strategic relationships with global leaders such as Motorola.

"We are extremely satisfied with Motorola’s professional performance since 2003 that reflects our solid and fundamental strategic relationship. The network expansion is an ongoing process and SabaFon is committed to continuous investment in technology and people in order that we can continue to provide the very best service to our growing customer base,” said H.E. Sheikh Hameed Al Ahmar, chairman of SabaFon.

“SabaFon is not content to stand still. Under the leadership of H.E. Sheikh Hameed Al Ahmar, we are committed to grow the company in a cohesive and structured manner. This required significant investment in network infrastructure this year and we have clearly demonstrated our commitment to achieve our goal to remain the leading provider of GSM services to our growing customer base in Yemen. We are enormously proud of our achievements to date and are delighted by the support provided by our key suppliers such as Motorola; however, our biggest sense of pride is directed towards the professionalism and dedication of all SabaFon people and the continued loyalty of our customers,” said Mr. Tarik Al-Haidary, CEO of SabaFon.

SabaFon has been operating in Yemen since 2001 and has been working with Motorola since its launch. SabaFon is now able to provide GSM coverage for 85% of Yemen’s population.

“Yemen is a strategic market for Motorola in terms of our regional and global strategy to ‘connect the unconnected’ and boost economic development in emerging geographies. Research has shown that increasing the number of mobile subscribers in developing markets can have a measurable impact on a country’s GDP, and GSM network expansions projects like SabaFon’s directly benefit consumers through enhanced connectivity,” said Ali Amer, senior director of sales, Motorola Networks & Enterprise, Middle East North Africa and Pakistan (MENAPAK).

A portion of the revenue on this contract was recognized by Motorola in the third quarter of 2006.

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About SabaFon
SabaFon is the leading GSM Network Operator in the Yemen Republic, with a license to operate a GSM-900 Network. Their GSM footprint covers all of the major cities & highways in the Yemen Republic. SabaFon was launched in February 2001 and today covers 85% of Yemen’s population. SabaFon is owned by a consortium that consists The Al-Ahmar Group, a well known holding entity in Yemen; CCIC, one of the leading international construction companies worldwide and Iran Foreign Investment Company, one of the largest foreign investment companies in Iran.

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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 US $35.3 billion in 2005. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit

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