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Airvana and Freescale Deliver LTE and Femtocells

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BARCELONA -- Airvana Corp., the 3G CDMA femtocell company, has today announced that it will deliver its next-generation LTE and multi-mode 3G/LTE femtocells using Freescale Semiconductor's QorIQ Qonverge product portfolio. The newly-announced QorIQ Qonverge family includes a range of highly integrated, multi-mode processors supporting small cell - femto and pico - through large metro and macro cell applications with a common architecture.

Airvana multi-mode femtocells based on the new Freescale technology will allow operators to accelerate their Long Term Evolution (LTE) data service rollouts while also providing uninterrupted and transparent access to 3G voice and data services. LTE is the global standard for fourth generation high-bandwidth, packet-based wireless networks and is expected to become the platform for enhanced multimedia services. Femtocells will be critical to the success of LTE based on their unique ability to cost-effectively expand wireless coverage and capacity. Multi-mode femtocells will enable operators to provide consumers with an LTE user experience while supporting 3G devices that continue to proliferate and are expected to outnumber LTE devices for several years.

"Freescale is pleased to deliver our highly advanced QorIQ Qonverge technology to the leader in 3G CDMA femtocells. Using this new portfolio, Airvana's products can support multiple air interface technologies using a common silicon platform architecture that helps optimize software reuse and speed time to market," said Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale's Networking and Multimedia Group. "We look forward to working with Airvana to accelerate the deployment of small cells in next-generation wireless networks."

"By providing a common architecture that scales from small to very large cells, Freescale gives us the flexibility to address residential, enterprise and public space LTE small cell markets", said Mike Clark, Airvana's general manager for femtocell business. "Furthermore, the platform's programmability allows us to deliver several capabilities, such as advanced interference mitigation and self-organizing network (SON) features, which we have developed and proven in large-scale commercial deployments."

Airvana Inc.

Freescale Semiconductor Inc.

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