SOURCE: TeleCommunications Systems, Inc.

October 11, 2006 10:05 ET

TCS Successfully Demonstrates Location Interoperability With New Handsets During Latest Open Mobile Alliance TestFest

Xypoint® Location Platform Passes Functionality Tests for SUPL Using Server-Assisted and Handset-Assisted Location Fix Methods

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 11, 2006 -- TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a leading provider of mission-critical wireless data solutions, today announced it successfully completed all planned test cases using TCS' Xypoint® Secure User Plane for Location (SUPL) Server at the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) TestFest in Düsseldorf, Germany. The OMA tests demonstrated the ability of the Xypoint SUPL Server to interact with handsets, using the SUPL standard protocols, and to generate a location fix from a network server (Mobile Set-assisted fix) or within the handset (Mobile Set-based fix).

TCS' Xypoint SUPL Server is a turnkey solution that operates on TCS' award-winning Xypoint Location Platform, which has been providing reliable location service to wireless operators for more than seven years. Additionally, the solution can be deployed either within the operator's network or provided as a service from one of TCS' TL-9000 certified hosting facilities.

"At OMA TestFests, we bring industry players together to demonstrate service interoperability across devices, geographies, service providers, operators and networks," commented Fred Harrison, Vice Chair of OMA and Chair of OMA's Interoperability Program. "We were pleased to have TCS involved in our event in Düsseldorf, where they successfully completed interoperability tests with other SUPL participants from across the globe."

TCS' successful performance at the latest OMA-sponsored TestFest represents an important opportunity for Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM) and Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) operators around the world. By demonstrating interoperability between a variety of SUPL handset models and network location infrastructure, a new era of location-enabled mobile computing is beginning. ABI Research reports that GPS-enabled handsets will grow from 17 million units shipped in 2005 to over 200 million units in 2011, with the greatest growth occurring in GSM handsets.

"At the Düsseldorf TestFest, TCS set the gold standard for network interoperability and functionality," said Drew Morin, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for TCS. "TCS continues to deliver technically superior solutions that are backed by a world-class support organization. The Xypoint SUPL Server represents the latest advancements in our location technology for markets worldwide."

ABOUT OPEN MOBILE ALLIANCE

Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) delivers open specifications for creating interoperable services that work across countries, operators, fixed and mobile terminals. Driven by users' needs and the expanding market for data services, the member companies of Open Mobile Alliance stimulate the adoption of new and enhanced information, communication and entertainment services. Open Mobile Alliance includes contributors from all key elements of the wireless value chain, and contributes to the timely and efficient introduction of services and applications.

ABOUT TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, INC.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) 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.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of 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 based upon TCS' current expectations and assumptions that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that would cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated.

The actual results realized by the Company could differ materially from the statements made herein, depending in particular upon the risks and uncertainties described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These include without limitation risks and uncertainties relating to the Company's financial results and the ability of the Company to (i) reach and sustain profitability when anticipated, (ii) continue to rely on its customers and other third parties to provide additional products and services that create a demand for its products and services, (iii) conduct its business in foreign countries, (iv) adapt and integrate new technologies into its products, (v) expand its business offerings in the new wireless data industry, (vi) develop software and provide services without any errors or defects, (vii) protect its intellectual property rights, and (viii) implement its sales and marketing strategy.

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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