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Alcatel-Lucent and Airvana to Develop an Integrated IMS-femtocell Solution for CDMA Network Operators
Jul 28, 2008 (08:07 AM EDT)


PARIS and CHELMSFORD, Mass., July 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Airvana, Inc. and Alcatel-Lucent today announced that the two companies will develop an integrated solution -- incorporating IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and CDMA/EV-DO femtocell technology -- to support more effective delivery of mobile voice and multimedia services inside homes and offices. This initiative will ensure that CDMA/EV-DO network operators are able to make use of femtocells to improve the in-building wireless experience for their subscribers, while ensuring that these new network elements work seamlessly with the broader mobile network.

Femtocells are small -- about the size of a book -- cellular access points that use a subscriber's existing broadband connection to provide enhanced voice, video and data services, especially in the home, using existing mobile devices. Femtocells help operators meet the growing demand for mobile voice and data services by cost-effectively increasing network coverage and capacity, particularly in difficult-to-serve indoor environments.

Under a new development agreement, Airvana will enhance its femtocell offerings with new interfaces to enable smooth integration with Alcatel-Lucent's IMS core. This agreement builds on demonstrations of combined, femto-based, in-building solutions by Alcatel-Lucent and Airvana at the CTIA Wireless 2008 trade show and exhibition in Las Vegas earlier this year.

"Alcatel-Lucent's leadership and innovation in CDMA and IMS, as well as our end-to-end engineering, integration and delivery capabilities nicely complement the work Airvana is doing in developing the femto air interface and gateway," said Mike Iandolo, President of Alcatel-Lucent's CDMA Network activities. "We look forward to using the respective strengths of our two companies to deliver a high-quality solution that will demonstrate the benefits of the femto deployment model and unlock the value of converged services for their customers."

The combined solution -- which integrates IMS core network elements from Alcatel-Lucent with Airvana's HubBub(TM) femtocell access point -- can support seamless inter-working between the CDMA macro network and the IMS-supported femtocells, and will help minimize any impact on the existing network in terms of performance, complexity and the costs associated with managing the network.

"The successful deployment of femtocell solutions by operators requires tight integration and interoperability between all the components that make up a femtocell network," said Sanjeev Verma, vice president, Femtocell Business and Corporate Development, Airvana. "Alcatel-Lucent and Airvana continue to work together to create the advanced, IMS-based, end-to-end femtocell solution that CDMA operators demand."

About Airvana

Airvana helps operators transform the mobile experience. The company's high-performance technology and products-from comprehensive femtocell and fixed-mobile convergence solutions to radio access network infrastructure- enable operators to deliver compelling and consistent broadband services to mobile subscribers, wherever they are. Airvana's products are deployed in 70 commercial networks on six continents. The company is headquartered in Chelmsford, Mass., USA, with offices worldwide. For more information, please visit the company's Web site at www.airvana.com .

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent http://www.alcatel-lucent.com provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprise and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 17.8 billion in 2007 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel- Lucent on the Internet:

Alcatel-Lucent Press Contacts Regine Coqueran Tel: + 33 (0)1 40 76 49 24 regine.coqueran@alcatel-lucent.com Mary Ward Tel: + 1 908 582 7658 mward@alcatel-lucent.com Alcatel-Lucent Investor Relations Remi Thomas Tel: + 33 (0)1 40 76 50 61 remi.thomas@alcatel-lucent.com Tony Lucido Tel: + 33 (0)1 40 76 49 80 alucido@alcatel-lucent.com Don Sweeney Tel: + 1 908 582 6153 dsweeney@alcatel-lucent.com Airvana Contacts: Media Contact Investor Contact Robert Morton David Reichman Davies Murphy Group Sharon Merrill Associates (781) 418-2460 (617) 542-5300 airvana@daviesmurphy.com airv@investorrelations.com

Safe Harbor Statement

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Airvana constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements typically contain the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will", "continue" and similar expressions, and include, without limitation, statements with respect to the femtocell solution to result from the development efforts of Airvana and Alcatel-Lucent. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including without limitation the timing and rate of femtocell market acceptance and growth, operator femtocell deployment plans, the highly competitive and rapidly evolving market in which Airvana competes, Airvana's limited operating history, the fluctuation of its past operating results and its reliance on sales through Nortel for a significant portion of its revenues and product and service billings and other factors discussed in Airvana's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent Airvana's views as of the date of this press release. Airvana anticipates that subsequent events and developments may cause its views to change. While Airvana 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 Airvana's views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

CONTACT: Alcatel-Lucent Press Contacts: Regine Coqueran, regine.coqueran@alcatel-lucent.com+33(0)1-40-76-49-24, , Mary Ward,+1-908-582-7658, ; Alcatel-Lucent InvestorRelations: Remi Thomas, +33(0)1-40-76-50-61,, Tony Lucido, +33(0)1-40-76-49-80,, Don Sweeney, +1-908-582-6153,; Airvana Contacts: Media, Robert Morton, DaviesMurphy Group, +1-781-418-2460, , Investors, DavidReichman, Sharon Merrill Associates, +1-617-542-5300,

Web site: http://www.airvana.com/ http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/