UTStarcom Announces Contract to Supply MovingMedia 2000 All-IP CDMA Solution to MCP to Enable Wireless Communications Services at Sea
ALAMEDA, Calif., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- UTStarcom, Inc.
(Nasdaq: UTSI), a global leader in IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions
and services, today announced a contract to provide its MovingMedia(R) 2000
all-IP CDMA network solution to Maritime Communications Partner AS (MCP), a
Norway-based global maritime cellular operator and wholly owned subsidiary of
Norwegian network operator, Telenor ASA. The contract will enable CDMA
wireless voice and data services for MCP's fleet of ferry and cruise ship
'UTStarcom's MovingMedia 2000 solution proved to be the best technology
choice to deliver reliable, high-quality CDMA wireless communications services
to our worldwide maritime shipping partners,' said Svein Are Folgero, chief
executive officer of MCP. 'Utilizing UTStarcom's small, easily transportable
radio base station on board the ship connected via satellite to the core
network on shore, we will be able to offer our customers a suite of services,
including voice, high-speed data and fax.'
Today's announcement is the second nautical deployment of UTStarcom's
MovingMedia 2000 all-IP CDMA network solution. In
announced a contract with Seattle-based SeaMobile, Inc., a leading provider of
advanced at-sea wireless voice communications and data applications.
'This second nautical implementation of our MovingMedia 2000 solution with
a major maritime cellular operator confirms the solution as one of the most
cost-effective and efficient means of delivering CDMA wireless voice and data
services at sea,' said
UTStarcom, Inc. 'Our versatile, portable CDMA base station can also be used in
any form of transportation, including trains and commercial airplanes, and
provides transmission flexibility to the PSTN that enables significant opex
saving for operators.'
With a combination of CDMA2000 technology and satellite back-haul,
UTStarcom's MovingMedia2000 can be deployed quickly in a range of
environments, including disaster relief and military operations, where there
is no existing communications infrastructure. MovingMedia2000 is also designed
to provide seamless roaming in urban, suburban, rural and enterprise
locations, enable high data rates and feature rich applications, and offer
reduced operating expenses.
About MovingMedia(R) 2000
As a leading vendor of wireless infrastructure technology, UTStarcom's
MovingMedia 2000 aims to provide wireless operators with a complete, all-IP
solution to reap the multiple advantages of 3G networks. The solution is
designed to offer a smooth migration path for CDMA2000-based providers,
allowing them to utilize emerging technologies such as CDMA2000 1XEV-DO RevA
as they become available. Moreover, all solution components are standards-
based, providing complete interoperability with other standards-based products
and allowing wireless operators to preserve their existing equipment
The MovingMedia 2000 solution leverages market-proven technologies and
UTStarcom's extensive experience in building IP equipment and deploying IP
networks. The MovingMedia 2000 product suite utilizes UTStarcom's distributed
softswitch architecture for switching, transporting, signaling, and call
control. The MovingMedia 2000 product line includes a comprehensive suite of
RF network elements, including base stations (BTS) and base station
controllers (BSC), wireless softswitch components, and core data network
components, including the packet data server node (PDSN) and home agent (HA).
About Maritime Communications Partner (MCP)
MCP is the global maritime cellular operator focused on providing cost
effective GSM and CDMA communications solutions specially created to fulfill
the requirements of the shipping industry. MCP enables cell phone coverage by
installing and operating the shipborn radio networks, linking the vessels with
public networks via satellite. MCP operates its mobile services via roaming
agreements with cellular operators throughout the world.
Through a partnership with MCP, the ship-owners benefit by providing a
service in demand to their passengers, thus enhancing their own
competitiveness. MCP works in close cooperation with customers, providing
unique business models based on revenue sharing and co-investments in the
vessels' operational infrastructure.
MCP is a fully recognised international cellular operator which handles
all legal and regulatory challenges associated with the unique technology and
service solutions that it provides to its customers. MCP is fully owned by
For more information about MCP, please visit the company's website at
About UTStarcom, Inc.
UTStarcom is a global leader in IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions
and international service and support. The company sells its broadband,
wireless, and handset solutions to operators in both emerging and established
telecommunications markets around the world. UTStarcom enables its customers
to rapidly deploy revenue-generating access services using their existing
infrastructure, while providing a migration path to cost-efficient, end-to-end
IP networks. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Alameda, California, the
company has research and design operations in the
For more information about UTStarcom, please visit the company's Web site
This release includes forward-looking statements, including the foregoing
statements regarding the anticipated functionality and features of the
MovingMedia 2000, the expected benefits to the users of the MovingMedia 2000,
the anticipated ability of the MovingMedia 2000 to provide effective and
efficient delivery of CDMA wireless voice and data at sea, and the anticipated
ability of the MovingMedia 2000 to be deployed quickly in different
environments. These statements are forward-looking in nature and subject to
risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially.
These risk factors include rapidly changing technology, the changing nature of
global telecommunications markets, the termination of significant contracts
and/or strategic relationships, the direction and results of future research
and development efforts, evolving product and applications standards,
reduction or delays in system deployments, product transitions, potential non-
realization of backlog, changes in demand for and acceptance of the Company's
products, general adverse economic conditions, and trends and uncertainties
such as changes in government regulation and licensing requirements. The
Company also refers readers to the risk factors identified in its latest
Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports
on Form 8-K, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
SOURCE UTStarcom, Inc.