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UTStarcom Markets Wi-Fi Data Offloading Technology to Global Customer Base

- MSG10K is the Leading Carrier-Grade Multi-Service Gateway Product -

- MSG10K Already Deployed to Provide Wireless Broadband Access on Softbank 4G/LTE Mobile Network -

HONG KONG, June 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --UTStarcom (Nasdaq:UTSI), a global telecommunications infrastructure provider, announced today that it will market to a global customer base its carrier-class multi-service gateway technology, MSG10K, that combines routing, switching, WLAN gateway and access controller functionalities into a unified multi-core system. The MSG10K helps telecommunications carriers to meet with the skyrocketing customer demand for mobile data and deliver the best mobile experience with the lowest possible capital and operating costs.

UTStarcom's advanced wireless broadband access technology complements its growing portfolio of MPLS-TP and Carrier Ethernet-based packet optical transport products by providing a greater range of products that simplify the process of network planning and deployment. This complementary Wi-Fi data offload technology, enables large-scale mobile operators to integrate of Wi-Fi with the mobile network to realize seamless Wi-Fi and 4G/LTE internetworking. Its capacity to support up to 120,000 access points within one single chassis is unrivaled in the market.

The technology is already in commercial deployment on the network of Softbank Mobile in Japan, but UTStarcom is now marketing it to carriers worldwide as demand for it is poised to grow rapidly. According to Infonetics, the global mobile data traffic is surging at a 92% compound annual growth rate, and the global carrier Wi-Fi equipment market is expected to grow at a high double-digit percentage annually at least through 2016 to hit $2.1 billion.

"This is a major step forward for UTStarcom's platform of wireless broadband access products and shows how we are leading the industry in wireless broadband technology development. This positions us as a category leader leading a high-growth segment of the market," said William Wong, UTStarcom's Chief Executive Officer.

Facilitating Wireless Broadband Access Deployment

In alignment with UTStarcom's 'Simple Network, Simple Operation' philosophy, the MSG10K Wi-Fi data offloading gateway have built in strong physical and software attributes and features to achieve robust and centralized Access Point ('AP') management and configuration that can be deployed in the core network. It offers a unique combination of unified authentication, high scalability and a reliable controller. These include:

  • Seamless internetworking between 3G/4G and Wi-Fi
  • Supporting up to 700 users per second for DHCP and Web Authentication
  • Supporting carrier-grade core deployment up to 120,000 APs and 1,320,000 users per chassis
  • Seamlessly integrated with current fundamental mobile network technologies such as WLAN Gateway, BNG, Access Controller, etc.
  • Centralized AP management, intelligent RF management, Rogue AP detection, seamless L2/L3 roaming, Hotpot 2.0

Commercial Deployment Underway in Japan

UTStarcom's Wi-Fi data offloading technology and its product MSG10K have been in commercial deployment with Softbank Mobile since 2013, demonstrating the ability of this product to perform in a demanding, highly networked population. It is used to offload the data traffic in carrier's network, where the integration of Wi-Fi networks with Softbank Mobile's mobile network can maximize the throughput of data and VoIP and multimedia services.

"UTStarcom's Wi-Fi technology enabled integrated management of hundreds of thousands of access points and facilitates the seamless switchover from our mobile networks to the Wi-Fi networks on our commercial customers' premises," said Mr. Wong. "We value our long-term partnership with Softbank group, which has been a consistent supporter and user of UTStarcom's technology for over a decade. We will continue to innovate and develop cutting-edge broadband technologies and products to help carriers to launch innovate services."

About UTStarcom Holdings Corp.

UTStarcom (Nasdaq:UTSI) is a global telecom infrastructure provider dedicated to developing technology that will serve the rapidly growing demand for bandwidth from cloud-based services, mobile, streaming and other applications. We work with carriers globally, from Asia to the Americas, to meet this demand through a range of innovative broadband packet optical transport and wireless/fixed-line access products and solutions. The company's end-to-end broadband product portfolio, enhanced through in-house Software Defined Networking (SDN)-based orchestration, enables mobile and fixed-line network operators and enterprises worldwide to build highly efficient and resilient future-proof networks for a range of applications, including mobile backhaul, metro aggregation, broadband access and Wi-Fi data offload. Our strategic investments in media operational support service providers expand UTStarcom's capabilities in the field of next generation video platforms. UTStarcom was founded in 1991, started trading on NASDAQ in 2000, and has operating entities in Tokyo, Japan; San Jose, USA; Delhi and Bangalore, India; Hangzhou, China. For more information about UTStarcom, please visit http://www.utstar.com.

CONTACT: For investor and media inquiries, please contact: Jane Zuo UTStarcom Holdings Corp. Tel: +852-3750-7632 Email: jane.zuo@utstar.com Daniel DelRe (Hong Kong) Tel: +852-3768-4547 Email: Daniel.DelRe@fticonsulting.com Simona Kormanikova (New York) Tel: +1-212-850-5685 Email: Simona.Kormanikova@fticonsulting.com May Shen (Beijing) Tel: +86-10-8591-1951 Email: May.Shen@fticonsulting.comSource:UTStarcom Holdings Inc.