SOURCE: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

October 18, 2007 08:31 ET

TCS and Glowlink Win $8 Million DoD Contract

Contract Awarded to Support Spectrum Management of Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite System

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - October 18, 2007) - TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a global leader in mission-critical wireless communications, and Glowlink Communications Technology, Inc., a premier manufacturer of satellite monitoring equipment, today announced they have won a satellite hardware and services contract valued at approximately $8 million to support the spectrum management of the Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite (WGS) system and to continue support for the monitoring and service of the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) satellites. This award from the Wideband Control Program Office of Project Manager, Defense Communications & Army Transmission Systems (PM DCATS) contracting authority at Ft. Monmouth, N.J., is a follow-on contract to an earlier award in January valued at about $700,000 for spectrum management at two Wideband SATCOM Operations Centers (WSOCs). The contract has a three-year period of performance, beginning this month, and is expected to provide approximately $1 million of products and services before the end of calendar year 2007.

WGS offers continuation and augmentation of the services currently provided by the DSCS and the Global Broadcast Service (GBS) Ka services provided by GBS payloads on ultra-high frequency follow-on satellites. WGS is a high-capacity satellite communications system designed to support the warfighter with newer and far greater capabilities than those provided by current systems, yet it is compatible with existing control systems and terminals.

"We are pleased to support the WGS system for reliable and secure critical communications capabilities such as network command and control communications," said Mike Bristol, Senior Vice President for TCS Government Solutions Group. "TCS won this contract based upon our experience and past performance in support of the Department of Defense with specialized communications and interoperability requirements, and based upon our business relationship with Glowlink Communications Technology, Inc., a proven technology leader in this field."

Awarded through the $5 billion World-Wide Satellite Systems (WWSS) contract vehicle, the contract covers deployment of the Glowlink Model 1000 turnkey satellite spectrum monitoring system to monitor and troubleshoot satellite network traffic. Besides spectrum monitoring equipment, Glowlink will also provide training, maintenance and technical support for the system.

"We are excited to once again join forces with TCS to provide state-of-the-art technology to support the government's cutting-edge WGS system," said Jeffrey Chu, Glowlink President and CEO. "This contract extension reflects our customer's confidence in our products and our joint commitment. We look forward to working with TCS as we continue to bring new technology to solve our customers' satellite communications challenges."

ABOUT GLOWLINK COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY, INC.

Glowlink Communications Technology, Inc. is a premier solutions provider of satellite geolocation, spectrum monitoring, and uplink power control products for both government and commercial markets worldwide. For more information, visit the company's website at www.glowlink.com.

ABOUT TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, INC.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) produces wireless data communications technology solutions that require proven high levels of reliability. TCS provides wireless and VoIP E9-1-1 network-based services, secure deployable communication systems and engineered satellite-based services, and commercial location applications, like traffic and navigation, using the precise location of a wireless device. Customers include leading wireless and VoIP carriers around the world, and agencies of the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security. For more information, visit http://www.telecomsys.com.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements as defined within Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and are based upon TCS' current expectations and assumptions that if incorrect would cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Risks include without limitation the prospect that the contract performance will span three years and that approximately $1 million of effort will be performed in 2007, and those risk factors detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the reports on Forms 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, and 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2007.

Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, or otherwise.

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