SOURCE: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

February 21, 2006 06:30 ET

TCS' SwiftLink® Products Pass Defense Interoperability Tests

Pre-DICE '06 Assessment Verifies Interoperability With SIPRNet

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 21, 2006 --TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a leading provider of mission critical wireless communications, announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) issued a signed memo containing the results of the Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Interoperability Assessment of TCS' SwiftLink® 1400, 2300, and 5100 Deployable Communication Systems. TCS' products passed the DoD Assessment for Interoperability with simulated Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet).

The SwiftLink products were tested as part of the DoD Interoperability Communications Exercise (DICE) 2005 conducted at JITC in Ft. Huachuca, AZ. The results provide a clear path for obtaining connectivity approval to major DoD networks for each individual customer and requirement, as well as providing information to whichever agency is conducting DoD Information Technology Security Certification and Accreditation Process (DITSCAP).

Michael Bristol, Vice President of the Network Solutions Group for TCS, stated, "TCS sought JITC assessment to reduce the time and effort required as part of the DoD DITSCAP to gain connectivity approval. Now, with the achievement of these successful assessments, TCS is positioned to support our customers with any certification activities they are required to conduct within the DoD environment."

Military organizations benefit from the globally available reach-back communications offered with TCS' secure, reliable and easily deployable SwiftLink products. The DICE provides the communications infrastructure and interoperability testing for services, agencies and vendors to obtain tactical and strategic interoperability certifications, re-certifications and assessments in a deployed Joint Task Force (JTF) environment. DICE replicates strategic military and commercial networks to ensure robust interoperability procedures are provided to support military services, Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Coast Guard and Civil Authorities.

SwiftLink 1400

SwiftLink 1400 is the only portable device that provides secure voice and data transmissions over six Public Telephone Networks (PTNs) worldwide. SwiftLink 1400 provides global access with one convenient device. The simple turn of a switch enables encrypted interconnectivity to:

--  Wireless: Cellular GSM or global mobile satellite systems
--  Wireline: POTS or PBX
--  IP: WiFi connection or Ethernet/LAN
    
Key Features and Benefits:
--  Voice, data and IP-based two-way radio
--  Immediate access to sensitive information
--  Discreet, portable package
--  Secure, encrypted communications
--  User-friendly operation
--  Integrated components and interfaces
--  Rugged design for extreme environments
--  Secure access to vital resources
--  SIPRNet access enabled
--  Lightweight portability
--  Several transport case options
--  Prepaid GSM and mobile satellite cost-control services
--  Integrated encryption (Type 1 and Type 4)
--  Comprehensive TCS engineering support
    
SwiftLink 2300

SwiftLink 2300 is a rugged, portable C4I terminal designed for hands-free maneuverability in extreme conditions. Packaged in a backpack for discrete transportation, this highly mobile communication system enables reliable and immediate access to sensitive information from areas accessible only by foot.

Key Features and Benefits:

--  Voice, data and IP-based two-way radio
--  Immediate access to sensitive information
--  Discreet, portable package
--  Secure, encrypted communications
--  User-friendly operation
--  Integrated components and interfaces
--  Rugged design for extreme environments
    
SwiftLink 5100

TCS offers the SwiftLink 5100 series deployable GSM cell site to solve service problems and allow complete global availability anywhere. The SwiftLink 5100 alleviates weak signal strength and lack of available wireless infrastructure while still maintaining highly secure communications. With single-person portability, light-weight equipment and lower power requirements, these systems may be quickly deployed, and temporary GSM cell sites can be activated anywhere and anytime.

Key Features and Benefits:

--  Users with heightened communications security (COMSEC) requirements
    are able to communicate at classified and sensitive levels
--  Central resource connectivity is accomplished over satellite or via
    terrestrial services
--  To control unfriendly or unwanted activities, users can manage denial
    of service attacks
--  Users can create a personal cell coverage area by operating the
    network from a vehicle or mobile command center
    
ABOUT TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, INC.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) is a leading provider of mission critical wireless communications to carriers, enterprise and government customers. TCS' wireless data offerings include location-based Enhanced 9-1-1 services, and messaging and location service infrastructure for wireless operators; real-time market data and alerts to financial institutions; mobile asset management and mobile office solutions for enterprises; and encrypted satellite communications to government customers. For more information visit www.telecomsys.com. For more information about TCS' complete line of SwiftLink products, visit www.telecomsys.com/government/swiftlink.

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 as early as anticipated, (ii) continue to rely on its customers and other third parties to provide additional products and services that create a demand 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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