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Unicom Selects UTStarcom's MovingMedia(R) 2000 All-IP CDMA Solution for New Digital Cellular Network in Rural Alaska

ALAMEDA, Calif., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- UTStarcom, Inc.
(Nasdaq: UTSI), a global leader in IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions
and services, today announced a contract with Unicom Inc., a communications
carrier and a wholly owned subsidiary of United Companies, Inc., to deploy
UTStarcom's MovingMedia(R) 2000 all-IP CDMA2000 network solution to serve as
the cornerstone of Unicom's new digital cellular network in rural Alaska.

Unicom Selects UTStarcom's MovingMedia(R) 2000 All-IP CDMA Solution for New Digital Cellular Network in Rural Alaska
Unicom Selects UTStarcom's MovingMedia(R) 2000 All-IP CDMA Solution for New Digital Cellular Network in Rural Alaska

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'We believe UTStarcom's MovingMedia 2000 technology will enable us to
upgrade our existing analog cellular system to full digital capability and
extend our service to reach subscribers in some of the most remote regions of
the world,' said Steve Hamlen, president at Unicom, Inc. 'We considered a
number of vendors for this project and UTStarcom's ability to provide the
complete, end-to-end network system and the technology's unique ability to
work with any transmission medium made it the ideal solution for our
challenging deployment scenario. Unicom looks forward to deploying UTStarcom's
CDMA platform throughout rural Alaska including communities like Gambell on
Lawrence Island some 50 miles from Siberia.'

As planned, the initial deployment phase of Unicom's new digital cellular
network will provide wireless voice and broadband data services in Bethel and
the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta area of Alaska. The network's main infrastructure
will be located in Bethel and will be connected by either satellite or
microwave transmission to the outlying communities.

'This deployment with Unicom in rural Alaska demonstrates the incredible
flexibility and durability of our MovingMedia 2000 all-IP CDMA platform,' said

Jack Mar, president of the CDMA division at UTStarcom, Inc. 'Whether its
deployed to reach subscribers in remote regions of India, Bangladesh and
Angola, aboard commercial airplanes and nautical vessels in North America, or
in the wake of emergency and disaster relief scenarios such as Hurricane
Katrina, we believe UTStarcom's MovingMedia 2000 is the best solution on the
market today to quickly and efficiently deploy wireless CDMA voice and data

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, designed to provide complete interoperability with other
standards-based products and allowing wireless operators to preserve their
existing equipment investment.

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, transport, 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 Unicom

Unicom is an Alaska native owned telecommunications carrier. Unicom, and
its affiliate, United Utilities, provide local exchange, long distance, and
wireless telecommunication services to 70 rural Alaskan communities that cover
an area of over 150,000 square miles.

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 United States, Canada,
China, Korea and India. UTStarcom is a FORTUNE 1000 company.

For more information about UTStarcom, visit the company's Web site at .

Forward-Looking Statements

This release includes forward-looking statements, including the foregoing
statements regarding the anticipated benefit to Unicom and other service
providers resulting from the use of the MovingMedia 2000 solution, the
anticipated deployment coverage area for UTStarcom's CDMA platform in Alaska,
the anticipated scope of, infrastructure base and mode of transmission to be
used in, the initial phase of Unicom's digital cellular network deployment,
the expectations regarding the competitive advantage, speed and efficiency of
the MovingMedia 2000 solution, and the anticipated features and functionality
of the MovingMedia 2000 solution. These risk factors include rapidly changing
technology, the changing nature of global telecommunications markets, the
termination of 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.