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Motorola, Avaya, and Proxim to Collaborate on New ConvergedWireless Communications Solutions That Will Enable Businesses toCut Costs, Boost Productivity

01-14-2003
  • Companies Bring Together Cellular, Wireless LAN and IP TelephonyTechnologies To Provide Seamless Roaming Between Enterprise andCellular Networks

Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), Avaya Inc. (NYSE: AV), and ProximCorporation (NASD: PROX) today announced they will collaborate onthe creation and deployment of converged cellular, Wireless LocalArea Networking (WLAN), and Internet Protocol (IP) Telephonysolutions that will deliver new levels of communications mobilityand network connectivity. These solutions will be enabled by anarray of new products including a Wi-Fi/cellular dual-system phonefrom Motorola, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-enabled IPTelephony software from Avaya, and voice-enabled WLANinfrastructure from Proxim.

Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), Avaya Inc. (NYSE: AV), and ProximCorporation (NASD: PROX) today announced they will collaborate onthe creation and deployment of converged cellular, Wireless LocalArea Networking (WLAN), and Internet Protocol (IP) Telephonysolutions that will deliver new levels of communications mobilityand network connectivity. These solutions will be enabled by anarray of new products including a Wi-Fi/cellular dual-system phonefrom Motorola, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-enabled IPTelephony software from Avaya, and voice-enabled WLANinfrastructure from Proxim.

The jointly-developed, standards-based solutions will supportcontiguous voice and data service to users across enterprisenetworks, public cellular networks, and public hotspot WLANs basedon 802.11 technology (commonly known as Wi-Fi). The convergence ofthese technologies will enable businesses to gain new cost savings,user efficiencies, and enhanced communications capabilities.

Cost-savings can be achieved through reduced network managementexpenses, lower usage charges and device consolidation. Userefficiencies will result from increased accessibility to thebusiness network and greater mobility through seamless wirelessaccess to business networks, applications, and information withinor outside of a work campus. These solutions will also provideenhanced communications capabilities, including on-demandconference calling and speech access to key business applicationssuch as email, calendars and corporate directories.

"Motorola believes that tying together wireless LANs, IPTelephony, and cellular technologies in a single handset willextend the mobility of the cellular networks inside the enterprise,and provide the best available access to the user," said DanCoombes, senior vice president and general manager for Motorola'sNetwork Systems Group. "Both Avaya and Proxim are industry leaders,and we eagerly anticipate working with them to create integratednetworks to provide everywhere-connectivity for our customers."

"Avaya views this collaboration as a significant advancement inmobile workplace communications," said Michael Thurk, group vicepresident for Avaya's Converged Systems and Applications Group."Companies are demanding increased business results from theircommunications networks. This converged solution is a naturalextension to the way Avaya serves the enterprise, with innovativeMultiVantage capabilities such as Extension-to-Cellular. Together,we will bring unprecedented value to an organization's network byexpanding employees' desktops beyond office walls to virtuallywherever an employee happens to be working."

"As the only wireless networking company offering integrated,end-to-end connectivity, we are big supporters of convergentsolutions such as this," said Angela Champness, senior vicepresident and general manager of Proxim's LAN pision. "We havealready integrated VoIP into our wireless WAN products and this isa logical next step in the development of our WLANs. Businesseswill enjoy increased employee productivity and the opportunity forsignificant cost savings through convergent networks that can scaleto their needs."

The converged infrastructure solutions will tap into a new andwidening enterprise market that demands key technologies to boostthe performance of enterprise communications. The IP Telephonyapplication is enabled by Avaya MultiVantage™ Software, whichprovides reliable and scalable communications. Motorola will createnetwork Mobility Management components that control the hand-offbetween local (WLAN) and cellular networks; and Proxim will providevoice-enabled Wi-Fi WLAN infrastructure, quality of servicesoftware, and centralized management systems to facilitatehand-offs between access points.

"There is a huge opportunity for this converged solution giventhe strengths of the IP Telephony, WLAN and cellular markets," saidJeremy Duke, President, Synergy Research Group, a market researchfirm based in Phoenix, Arizona. "These three industry leaderstogether bring the expertise and the vision required to bring thissolution to market."

Voice-enabled Wi-Fi WLAN infrastructure from Proxim andSIP-enabled communications applications from Avaya is expected tobe made available early in 2003, establishing a ready base forconverged communications. Trials of the joint solution are expectedto begin in the second half of 2003.

About Motorola
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providingintegrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Salesin 2001 were $30 billion. Please visit www.motorola.com/wlan formore information.

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks formore than one million businesses around the world, including 90percent of the FORTUNE 500®. A world leader in secure and reliableInternet Protocol (IP) telephony systems, communications softwareapplications and services, Avaya is driving the convergence ofvoice and data applications across IT networks enabling businesseslarge and small to leverage existing and new networks to enhancevalue, improve productivity and gain competitive advantage. Formore information visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com.

About Proxim
Proxim Corporation is a leading provider of high-performancewireless local area networking (WLAN) and wireless wide areanetworking (WWAN) products. The company holds leading shares in thefast-growing markets for 802.11b, 802.11a, and license-exempt fixedwireless networking systems. Proxim's systems securely connectnetworks within buildings, as well as between locations up to 40miles apart, providing enterprises, service providers, andconsumers with unprecedented networking capacity and mobility.Proxim Corporation was created by the merger between Proxim, Inc.and Western Multiplex Corporation in March 2002. Its Web site is www.proxim.com.

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Business Risks
This press release includes forward-looking information andstatements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that couldcause actual results to differ materially from those stated in theforward-looking statements. Statements regarding joint developmentof products and solutions by and among Motorola, Avaya and Proxim;performance and benefits of solutions, including cost savings, userefficiencies and enhanced communication capabilities; the growth ofthe market for enterprise communication solutions and theavailability of products and solutions are forward-lookingstatements and are subject to the following risks: that productsand solutions will not be developed as anticipated; that productswill not perform as designed; that the expected benefits will notbe realized by customers; that products will not become availablein a timely manner due to design, manufacturing or supply issues;that product pricing will not be competitive; that the market forenterprise communication solutions based on 802.11 technology willnot develop as anticipated and other risks and uncertaintiesassociated with Motorola's, Avaya's and Proxim's businesses.

For a further list and description of such risks anduncertainties, see the reports filed by Motorola, Avaya and Proximwith the Securities and Exchange Commission. Each of the companiesdisclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise anyforward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,new events or otherwise.

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