UTStarcom Touts Deals

UTStarcom announces contract with Movicel in Angola; signs deal with OneTel in Bangladesh

November 15, 2004

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- UTStarcom, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI), a global leader in IP access networking and services, today announced the deployment of its MovingMedia 2000 all-IP network solution with Movicel Telecomunicacoes LDA (Movicel), a fully owned subsidiary of Angola Telecom. With more than 200,000 subscribers in Angola, Angola Telecom is the largest CDMA cellular operator in Africa and the leader in innovation and quality of services in Angola.

"Thanks to UTStarcom's MovingMedia 2000 solution, Movicel can now expand its CDMA2000-1x network and services countrywide with a next-generation, all-IP CDMA system that can offer high-quality cellular service via satellite to subscribers in 13 provinces in Angola that we could not previously reach," said Jose Luis De Lara, chief technical officer of Movicel. "We researched many different solutions for this challenging deployment and found that UTStarcom's MovingMedia 2000 was the only CDMA solution on the market today that could cost effectively build our nationwide network, making efficient use of the scarce transmission resources to connect to these remote areas of Angola."

The initial phase of the deployment with Movicel will consist of rolling out network equipment to provide CDMA voice, data access, SMS, and international roaming to approximately 120,000 subscribers at 32 remote sites in eight provinces in Angola. The operator plans to expand the subscriber capacity and coverage area of the network significantly over the next several years in hopes of reaching more than one million subscribers by 2007.

"Our MovingMedia 2000 solution provides operators with a complete, end-to-end, all-IP CDMA network that can be transmitted over any access technology, be it copper, fiber, microwave, optical, or satellite," said Jack Mar, president of CDMA division at UTStarcom. "Because of our solution's unique approach to local switching, operators can realize significant savings related to transmission backhaul costs on an annual basis that will speed their return on investment in our technology."

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- UTStarcom, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI), a global leader in IP access networking and services, today announced the deployment of its MovingMedia 2000 all-IP Code Division Multiplex Access (CDMA) network solution with OneTel Communications Ltd. (OneTel) in Bangladesh.

OneTel, promoted by the ABSCO and NITOL business conglomerates, is a greenfield operator licensed by the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to provide fixed telecommunications services in the northwestern region of the country. OneTel is expected to offer CDMA with Wireless Local Loop (WLL) Fixed Wireless Terminal (FWT) services in early 2005.

"UTStarcom's industry-leading MovingMedia 2000 solution was a clear choice in view of its flexibility, scalability, and advanced feature set," said Asif Rabbani, managing director of OneTel. "The all-IP solution based on next-generation softswitch architecture also offers tremendous operational benefits over legacy TDM network gear, particularly for greenfield operators like OneTel."

UTStarcom Inc.

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