Vodafone Germany Selects Starent Networks' Core Solution for Its Multimedia Broadband Network.
The corrected release reads:
VODAFONE GERMANY SELECTS STARENT NETWORKS' CORE SOLUTION FOR ITS MULTIMEDIA BROADBAND NETWORK
Starent Networks, Corp. (Nasdaq: STAR), a leading provider of infrastructure solutions that enable mobile operators to deliver multimedia services, today announced Vodafone Germany, a division of Vodafone Group PLC, is deploying Starent's intelligent multimedia core solutions to deliver services over its broadband network.
Starent Networks is delivering these solutions to Vodafone Germany as a part of a global agreement with Vodafone Group to serve as a preferred vendor of multimedia core solutions. Vodafone Group is one of the world's largest mobile telecommunications company with 252.3 million proportionate customers as at December 31, 2007.
Vodafone is a market leader in the deployment of next generation networks. Last year Vodafone Group launched its 3G broadband service based on High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) with downlink peak rates of up to 7.2Mbps in selected markets, including Germany. The deployment of these networks further improves the customer experience when using multimedia services and the mobile Internet. To enhance the customers' mobile experience, these broadband, next generation networks can benefit from greater intelligence that allows the operator to better understand and shape network traffic.
Starent Networks' products address the requirements of these networks by combining subscriber and network intelligence with high performance in the core to deliver robust voice, data and multimedia services.
"Vodafone is committed to delivering cutting edge services such as video downloads and high-speed mobile Internet to our subscribers alongside voice and SMS. We want to make their interaction with our network seamless to deliver a strong multimedia experience," said Hartmut Kremling, CTO for Vodafone Germany. "Starent Networks' solutions are an ideal fit with our requirements for network intelligence, high-performance and support of both 2.5G and 3G technologies."
Starent Networks will be providing Vodafone Germany with the intelligent Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) and Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN) for their Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) and High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network. The GGSN and SGSN functions are being deployed on Starent Networks' ST40 multimedia core platform with the capability to integrate both functions in a single platform.
The SGSN will also provide both 2.5G and 3G network access in the same platform. This ability allows Vodafone to support its 2.5G packet network requirements along with their 3G network deployment. This simplifies the network topology while handling subscriber roaming between the 2.5G and 3G networks. Starent Networks' solution is able to handle both the 2.5G and 3G transactions within a single process, which will enable node and network performance to be optimized. Furthermore, utilizing the ST40 platform's built in routing engines, Starent Networks' SGSN enhances the handling of 3G traffic by providing both traditional 3G architecture and direct tunnel in a single solution.
"Vodafone is an industry pioneer in delivering broadband multimedia services to the great benefit of their customers," said Ashraf Dahod, CEO of Starent Networks. "Being selected by such a prestigious operator is very rewarding and will enhance our offerings as we partner with Vodafone Germany to deliver a superior multimedia experience to their customers."
About Starent Networks
Starent Networks, Corp. is a leading provider of infrastructure solutions that enable mobile operators to deliver multimedia services to their subscribers. Starent Networks has created solutions that provide mobile operators with the functions and services needed for access, mobility management and call control in their networks. Through integrated intelligence and high performance capabilities, Starent Networks' solutions also enhance subscriber management, billing and session policy enforcement. The company's products are capable of supporting a wide range of mobile wireless networks, such as UMTS, CDMA2000, WiFi, and WiMAX. Starent Networks' products have been deployed by over 65 mobile operators in 25 countries. Additional information about Starent Networks is available at www.starentnetworks.com.
Starent Networks' Safe Harbor Statement
Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Starent Networks, including statements about expectations related to the company's multimedia solutions constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements contain the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will" and similar expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including the inability to predict the future success or market acceptance of Starent Networks' multimedia core platform solutions, the highly competitive and rapidly evolving market in which Starent Networks' competes, Starent Networks' limited operating history, the fluctuation of its past operating results, its reliance on a limited number of customers for a significant portion of its revenues and its reliance on a single line of products and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Starent Networks' Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent Starent Networks' views as of the date of this press release. Starent Networks anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its views to change. However, while Starent Networks may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, it specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Starent Networks' views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.
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