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NEC to Deliver Femtocell Solutions

NEC Corporation (NEC) and Tatara Systems announced that they have reached an agreement for NEC to integrate Tatara's femtocell convergence solution into NEC's Home Gateway Solution architecture. Tatara and NEC will collaborate on end-to-end solution packaging, marketing, trials and deployments of NEC's Home Gateway Solution into the rapidly emerging UMTS femtocell market.

Utilizing the latest femtocell technology, NEC's Home Gateway Solution enables mobile operators to deploy a complete end-to-end solution, including the femtocell CPE equipment and the supporting core infrastructure. NEC's Home Gateway Solution architecture consists of the 3G Access Point and the Home Gateway Server System (HGSS).

Based on a SIP/IP femtocell architecture approach, the Tatara Subscriber Gateway and the Tatara Convergence Server are integrated into the NEC HGSS to provide critical functionality such as authentication, security, voice and messaging convergence, supplementary service capabilities.

The NEC Home Gateway Solution enables femtocell deployment and services in both IMS and more traditional SIP/IP core network environments utilizing existing softswitch technologies.

The Tatara Convergence Server provides the inter-working between NEC SIP/IMS elements and an existing mobile network core to enable service parity among femtocells and the macro cellular network for standard cellular handsets. The backend HGSS may be deployed as a complete turnkey system with standard 3GPP interfaces in today's mobile network to enable rapid rollout of

femtocells.

"Due to their femtocell convergence expertise, innovative technology and vast experience in the mobile operator marketplace, Tatara Systems was the clear choice to partner with on NEC's Home Gateway Solution," stated Tadatoshi Fujiwara, General Manager of Mobile Network Solutions Division, NEC.

"Femtocell is such a compelling fixed-mobile convergence strategy for mobile operators that there will be a race to bring the service to market." said Steve Nicolle, President and CEO of Tatara Systems. "NEC, with their track record in providing in-building solutions and their commitment to developing a total solution for femtocell, is an excellent partner for Tatara and for our mutual mobile operator customers."

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