SOURCE: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

June 24, 2008 08:00 ET

TCS Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Contract to Provide a Private Satellite Network in Afghanistan

Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Activities Supported by TCS Voice, Video, and Data Services

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) - TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a leading provider of mission-critical wireless communications, today announced that it has been awarded a three-year, $2.4 million contract to build and implement an IP-based private satellite network that will support U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) personnel in Afghanistan.

This network, scheduled to be fully operational by mid-July, will provide voice, video, and data services in remote areas that lack terrestrial service. TCS will provide 24x7 network management and monitoring to ensure the highest network availability for the end users. TCS has a proven performance record implementing networks of this type around the world. Previously, TCS has built networks to support government agencies in South West Asia, Africa and in South America, as well as the largest private VSAT network in the Asia Pacific region for a leading U.S. banking organization.

"It is an honor and a privilege for TCS to deploy a network that will be enjoyed for off-duty use by men and women in Afghanistan," said Michael Bristol, Senior Vice President of TCS' Government Solutions Group. "Providing the technology to communicate with their loved ones back home is crucial to maintaining good morale."

TCS' Government Solutions Group began with the company's founding in 1987 as a government systems integrator. Today it is a leading provider of fixed and deployable communication solutions for government customers and mobile operators requiring high reliability and security, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Unified Combatant Commands, U.S. Department of State (DoS), U.S. Secret Service (USSS), and various U.S. intelligence agencies. As a result of its extensive R&D effort, TCS has developed a suite of products under the SwiftLink® brand, designed for highly reliable, "on-the-quick-halt and on-the-move" secure communications for the DoD and other federal agencies. TCS' deployable communications systems and fixed site earth stations enable communications to some of the world's most hostile and remote locations.

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, engineered satellite-based services, and commercial location applications, like traffic and navigation, using the precise location of a wireless device. Customers include leading wireless, cable MSOs, and VoIP carriers around the world, and agencies of the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security. For more information, visit

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. Statements in this release that are forward-looking include the prospect that long-term contract arrangements will continue, and those risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2008.

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.