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UTStarcom Introduces New Centralized Layer 3 Solution to Bolster Its Packet Optical Transport and SDN Portfolio

HONG KONG, July 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UTStarcom (NASDAQ:UTSI), a global telecommunications infrastructure provider, announced today the formal release of its new Layer3 solution with SDN/NFV enabling that implements L3 VPN service over Packet Optical Transport network, which is an integral part of its Software-defined Open Optical (“SOOTM”) network solution introduced earlier this year. This is the second major SOOTM service the Company brings to the market following the introduction of uFlex BoD SOOTM Service at the 2015 Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC) and Exhibition in Los Angeles in March.

Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies help telecom operators to create much more agile networks with advanced automation features and extended set of services, which enables them to respond faster to evolving market demands and optimize their capital and operating expenses. The newly launched Layer3 solution with SDN/NFV enabling is the latest demonstration of UTStarcom’s “simple Network, Simple Operation" philosophy and further demonstrates its efforts to strengthen its Packet Optical Transport and SDN/NFV portfolio.

The solution is integrated with the centralized SDN Controller SOOTM Station that provides Network-on-Demand (NoD) and automation functionality and SOOTM Sub Controller that serves as a L3 NFV Controller and interfaces with UTStarcom's advanced NetRing TN700 Series of Packet Optical Transport network.

It is released together with the new version of UTStarcom's SDN Controller SOOTM Station that delivers a number of L3 features like L3 routing over L2 transport, IPv4/v6 support, and most importantly introduces the support of Layer 3 Virtual Private Network (L3 VPN) service over Packet Optical Transport network. The Layer3 solution with SDN/NFV enabling is essential for the targeted customers with the needs of next generation mobile backhaul, IoT and other applications.

The Layer3 solution with SDN/NFV enabling builds on the benefits that UTStarcom’s SDN/NFV-enabled network infrastructure offers, including:

  • Extended range of Layer 3 services that were not previously available on Layer 2 networks
  • CAPEX and OPEX savings
  • Ease of implementation, no changes to the underlying physical network. Powerful integrated L2 to L3VPN bridging facilitating smooth migration of existing PTN networks to L3 support
  • Flexibility with support of both IPv4/v6
  • Simple L3 network planning
  • Scalability

"We continue to expand SOOTM SDN product lines demonstrating our ability to be a leading provider of advanced efficient and reliable broadband infrastructure solutions," said William Wong, UTStarcom's Chief Executive Officer. "We are seeing growing demand from the market and have an aggressive plan to further develop our Layer3 solution with SDN/NFV enabling by incorporating new features that are desirable to carriers and will continue to deliver innovative solutions to the market with the major focus on various automation features that are going to bring many advantages to network operators."

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; Fremont, USA; Hangzhou, China; Delhi and Bangalore, India. For more information about UTStarcom, please visit http://www.utstar.com.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact: Jiang Ning UTStarcom Holdings Corp. Tel: +852-3951-9757 Email: njiang@utstar.com Joanna Jiang (Beijing) Tel: +86-10-8591-1958 Email: Joanna.Jiang@fticonsulting.com Sean Pattwell (Hong Kong) Tel: +852-3768-4543 Email: Sean.Pattwell@fticonsulting.com

Source:UTStarcom Holdings Inc.