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Leading Venezuelan Mobile Operator Movilnet Selects Starent Networks Solution for Data Deployment.

TEWKSBURY, Mass. -- Movilnet, a leading mobile operator in Venezuela, has selected Starent Networks to provide key network infrastructure for its next-generation data services. The agreement calls for Starent Networks to provide its ST16 Intelligent Mobile Gateway for data service access in Movilnet's CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO network.

Key to the deployment is Starent Networks' ability to provide pre-paid data services through the carrier's existing pre-paid network architecture. The Starent ST16 platform provides tremendous performance advantages, but also service flexibility and enhanced charging capabilities as demonstrated by the pre-paid requirements. Services enabled by the network include: Internet browsing, WAP, MMS, BREW, among others.

"Movilnet has established itself as a leader in next-generation services for Venezuela. Our addition of high-speed data and our commitment to our customers dictates that we install the best service delivery equipment," said Ernesto Ramos Henningsen, chief technical officer for Movilnet. "The Starent ST16 was an ideal solution for our deployment as it has the performance qualities and the service capabilities we require."

"We are pleased to be working with a market-leading operator like Movilnet," said Ashraf Dahod, president and CEO of Starent Networks Corp. "With the high-performance characteristics of our solution, Movilnet subscribers can expect a superior service experience, while also benefiting from the billing flexibility of the platform's enhanced charging capabilities."

Starent ST16 Intelligent Mobile Gateway

The Starent ST16 Intelligent Mobile Gateway has rapidly become the preferred next-generation solution for mobile operators with CDMA-based networks. Designed specifically for the mobile environment, the ST16 acts as the gateway between the wireless network and core IP network. The system offers enhanced mobility, multimedia service delivery, high capacity, superior accounting and billing, carrier-class reliability and a clear migration to an all-IP network. Furthermore, the ST16 is unique in its ability to provision high-speed data, enhanced voice and multimedia services, moving the mobile network to a truly next-generation architecture.

The Movilnet deployment takes advantage of Starent's Enhanced Charging Solution (ECS) provided through the deep packet inspection and statistics-gathering capabilities of the Starent ST16. With the system's enhanced charging features, Movilnet has increased flexibility in how services are tracked and billed. The operator is able to offer tiered billing based on application types for both pre-paid and post-paid subscribers. Additionally, when pre-paid accounts are exhausted, subscribers are redirected to a top-up portal where they may purchase more time or bytes of usage.

Through Starent Networks, Movilnet has also licensed Bridgewater Systems' AAA Service Controller, Prepaid Integrator and Session Director solutions. The Bridgewater Systems' solution supports Movilnet's post-paid and pre-paid business models. It also enables them to provides data subscribers the option to sign up for various time periods (one day, one week, one month, etc.). In order to prevent fraud, Bridgewater Systems' solution also verifies that the Mobile Identification Number (MIN) contained in the message, coming from the PDSN, is the same MIN provisioned for the subscriber.

About Bridgewater Systems

Bridgewater Systems develops the industry's most advanced subscriber-centric policy management software for IP-based services. Its solutions help global service providers maximize profits and launch new services faster. Bridgewater does this by providing them with a unified view of their subscribers across all access technologies. With Bridgewater's software, service providers have an intelligent policy-decision point for the management of subscribers, applications, and network resources. The Bridgewater Systems' product suite delivers high-performance policy management via its market-leading authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) systems. It also offers a range of modular products for application support, mediation, and dynamic broadband management. Bridgewater Systems' proven carrier-class products deliver on-demand data services, extensive revenue capture capabilities, and out-of-the-box value that can be deployed in weeks - instead of months.

More than 40 leading service providers from around the globe (including: Verizon Wireless, Sprint PCS, Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile USA) trust Bridgewater's technology and business insight to help them deliver world-class services. Founded in 1997, Bridgewater Systems is a privately held company. www.bridgewatersystems.com

About Movilnet

Movilnet is the mobile communications business unit of CANTV. CANTV, a Venezuelan corporation, is the leading Venezuelan telecommunications service provider with approximately 3.1 million access lines in service, 3.1 million cellular subscribers and 363 thousand Internet subscribers as of Dec. 31, 2004.

About Starent Networks

Starent Networks designs and develops next-generation intelligent mobile infrastructure equipment for 2G, 2.5G and 3G wireless networks. Starent Networks' solutions provide high-speed packet data, enhanced voice, and multimedia capabilities to mobile operators, facilitating the delivery of unique services and a rich user experience. Starent Networks has deployed the ST16 Intelligent Mobile Gateway product line to customers worldwide including Asia, North America, Latin America and Europe. The company is processing over 30 patents on its innovative technologies. The privately held company has headquarters in Tewksbury, with offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Chicago, Cape Cod, Mass., Dallas, Kansas City, Kan., London, Madrid, Miami, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Seoul, South Korea, Paris, Bangalore, India and Pune, India. Starent Networks was founded in August 2000. For more information, visit www.starentnetworks.com.
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