SOURCE: TeleCommunications Systems, Inc.

April 11, 2006 06:30 ET

U.S. Coast Guard Procures Custom-Configured TCS SwiftLink® Deployable SIPRNET Solution for Emergency Uses

Complete System Includes Redundant Capability for Reach-Back Communications Support

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 11, 2006 -- TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a leading provider of mission critical wireless communications, today announced it has signed a contract with the U.S. Coast Guard for delivery of the Coast Guard's first custom-configured SwiftLink® Deployable Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) communications system. TCS' SwiftLink system is an end-to-end solution that facilitates Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET) secure voice and data satellite communications via TCS' SwiftLink man-portable units to TCS home stations on the East and West coasts of the United States.

The U.S. Coast Guard will incorporate TCS' SwiftLink systems as part of its secure emergency and disaster communications planning and expects to have the SwiftLink systems operational before the beginning of the 2006 hurricane season. The contract includes an on demand airtime pricing plan that enables the Coast Guard to turn on the satellite communications units as required -- such as when a hurricane hits the United States. Monthly SwiftLink readiness checks are included in the contract to ensure that on-demand communications are available and operating effectively at all times. The U.S. Marine Corps recently deployed TCS SwiftLink systems to assist in providing vital communications infrastructure during the recovery effort from the recent mudslide disaster in the Philippines.

The Coast Guard's SwiftLink configuration includes TCS' Deployable VSAT Module (DVM-90), Internet Protocol (IP) communications kit, on-demand VSAT airtime, Thrane & Thrane's Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) E700 terminal for redundant communications and SwiftLink home stations. This transaction is characteristic of a growing number of customer situations where home stations, airtime, and integration are sourced from TCS in addition to the field-deployable systems.

"The Coast Guard selected TCS for its emergency communications needs because of our end-to-end solution, custom-designed platform and specialized airtime plan," said Michael Bristol, Vice President of the Network Solutions Group for TCS. "TCS really differentiated itself from the competition with our 'on-demand' airtime solution for emergency communications."

The entire system can be set up and operational in 20 minutes, supports adjustable IP data rates from 64 Kb/s to 2.4 Mb/s, and provides the Coast Guard with secure data and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) capability. It incorporates Thrane & Thrane's E700 BGAN terminal for redundant IP communications via the Inmarsat system in the event VSAT is not readily available. The ease of use and flexibility of BGAN terminals combined with TCS' proven SwiftLink products provides reliable high-speed connectivity while operating in secure, mission-critical situations.

TCS' SwiftLink systems are designed to operate as either stand-alone systems, or, when combined with other TCS SwiftLink deployable communications systems, as broadband upgrades to these systems. SwiftLink products and services offer tactical operators, deployable network nodes and field command centers an end-to-end solution with highly available, secure connectivity back to the headquarter's network.


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

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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