SOURCE: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

November 17, 2008 08:00 ET

TCS Recognized as a Top Teleport Operator of 2008 by World Teleport Association

Company Ranked in Global Top Twenty, Independent Top Twenty, and Fast Twenty Lists

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - November 17, 2008) - TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a leading provider of mission-critical wireless communications, today announced that the World Teleport Association (WTA), a leading organization that focuses on the business of satellite communications from the ground up, has named TCS to its prestigious "Global Top Twenty," "Independent Top Twenty" and "Fast Twenty" rankings this year. WTA provides the only independently compiled rankings of teleport operating companies. The complete rankings are available on WTA's Web site at www.worldteleport.org.

New to the "Global Top Twenty," TCS ranked fifteenth on this prestigious list of companies based on revenues from all customized communications sources and includes operators of teleports, satellite fleets and fiber networks. TCS moved up from fifteenth in 2007 to seventh in 2008 on the "Independent Top Twenty" which ranks companies based on total revenue from all sources, but excludes companies whose core business is ownership and operation of a satellite fleet or terrestrial network. In addition, the company made the "Fast Twenty" list for the third consecutive year which ranks all teleport-operating companies based on year-over-year revenue growth in their most recent fiscal years.

"At TCS, we strive to create innovative and reliable satellite solutions for our commercial and government customers," said Maurice B. Tosé, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of TCS. "Key to our success is developing and maintaining teleports that provide robust satellite connectivity worldwide to support mission-critical voice, video and data transmission needs. Being included on all three of the prestigious WTA lists demonstrates our current success and market commitment."

TCS provides a flexible end-to-end solution for mission critical communications to commercial enterprises as well as government and DoD agencies worldwide. The TCS owned and operated teleport is located in Manassas, Virginia, with partnerships in Fuchstadt, Germany; and London, England. Operating in Ku and C-Band, TCS facilities are equipped to handle a variety of communication needs. TCS is the reliable choice for high capacity voice, video and data communication over IP-based networks required for Voice over IP (VoIP), multimedia, Internet, and messaging data. For more information on TCS teleports, visit http://www.telecomsys.com/government/teleports.cfm.

World Teleport Association (WTA) is a trade association that focuses on the business of satellite communications from the ground up. Members provide a broad and expanding range of value-added services, from origination of TV and radio channels to the integration and management of complex networks, and from IP-based content distribution to mobile telephony backhaul.

About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) engineers and delivers highly reliable wireless communications technology. TCS is a leader in wireless text messaging and location-based technology, including E9-1-1 services and commercial applications like navigation that use the precise location of a wireless device, and secure satellite-based communications systems and services. Customers include leading wireless and VoIP carriers around the world, cable MSOs, automotive telematics vendors, and agencies of the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security. TCS is one of six primary vendors on a $5 billion Army Worldwide Satellite Systems Contract vehicle. For more information, visit 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 those 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 September 30, 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.

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