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August 7, 1988

MOTOROLA WINS UKP400M EQUIPMENT ORDER FROM CELLNET

By CBR Staff Writer

Though Motorola UK Ltd has won the initial equipment order in Cellnet Ltd’s UKP400m project to implement a digital cellular network (CI No 985), there is no guarantee that the Schaumberg, Illinois based company will be Cellnet’s sole supplier: the initial order is for infrastructure validation equipment and testing will commence in the first quarter of 1989 prior to the digital network opening in 1991; Motorola will supply three base stations, some mobiles and a small switch but Cellnet has ordered two base stations from other unnamed suppliers to make sure its supply lines remain open in the future; Motorola is the sole supplier to Cellnet’s existing system but managing director Colin Davis says he believes competition is necessary and would like to have a number of suppliers for the European project.

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