CPqD Selects Aricent as Software Partner for LTE eNodeB Solutions for Global Markets

Joint Solution Showcased to Brazilian Communications Ministry to Promote Growth of Broadband Wireless Access

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The Aricent Group, a leading global innovation and technology services company, today announced at the Small Cells World Summit in London that it has licensed its market-leading LTE eNodeB software frameworks to CPqD, one of Latin America's leading Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) R&D institutions. The framework will be used to develop innovative and competitive LTE RAN solutions for global markets, including Brazil.

The joint solution was recently showcased to the Brazilian Communications Ministry by demonstrating the comprehensive, over-the-air transmission capabilities of LTE technology for the 450 MHz band which is currently the proposed band from the Brazilian government to promote the growth of broadband wireless access in rural areas all over the country.

"LTE technology is currently the major goal for CPqD in terms of research and development in wireless communications and the LTE 450 MHz concept demonstrated by CPqD will allow operators to leverage the full power of LTE in Brazil," said Fabricio Lira Figueiredo, Manager of Wireless Communications Division, CPqD. "We are delighted to partner with Aricent to cater to the huge Brazilian LTE market."

Aricent has more than 35 LTE engagements globally and is one of the pioneers in this space, having worked with some of the leading industry players to develop feature-rich LTE solutions. Aricent is leveraging this expertise to help CPqD provide clearly differentiated products and to drastically reduce the cost and time-to-market of new solutions.

"LTE is the fastest growing communication technology ever and our highly scalable and flexible eNodeB software helps OEMs to efficiently cater to evolving market conditions," said Rakesh Vij, Vice President of Business Development, Wireless and Convergence, Aricent Group. "We are extremely pleased to partner with CPqD to help the development of innovative LTE solutions that can be deployed quickly and at minimal cost."

The Aricent eNodeB software framework integrates Layer 2 and Layer 3+ modules in a package that serves as a robust reference platform for developing a complete LTE eNodeB solution. It provides complete Layer 2 and Layer 3 functionalities and exposes clear interfaces for easy interoperability that can be integrated to the full eNodeB solution being developed by the CPqD wireless team. In addition to this comprehensive portfolio, Aricent also provides value-added applications for Radio Resource Management (RRM), call and session management, Self-Organized Networks (SON) and management plane.

The key features of the Aricent eNodeB software framework are:

- Plug and Play: Flexible and modular architecture enables easy porting
and optimization on any platform and seamless integration with
third-party software.

- Optimized Performance: Customized to deliver optimal performance on
several industry-leading platforms to realize the true potential of LTE.

- Unmatched Scalability: Ability to accommodate a wide range of form
factors including macrocells, microcells, picocells and femtocells.

About the Aricent Group

The Aricent Group is a global innovation and technology services company that helps clients imagine, commercialize, and evolve products and services for the connected world. Bringing together the communications technology expertise of Aricent with the creative vision and user experience prowess of frog, the Aricent Group provides a unique portfolio of innovation capabilities that seamlessly combines consumer insights, strategy, design, software engineering, and systems integration. The client base includes communications service providers, equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors, device makers, and many other Fortune 500 brands. The company's investors are Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Sequoia Capital, The Family Office, Delta Partners, and The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.

For more information, please visit www.aricent.com

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About CPqD

CPqD is among the most acknowledged technology centers in the world of telecommunications and information technology, being considered the largest research center in Latin America. It relies on more than 1,300 highly qualified professionals, deployed in an area of approximately 360,000 square meters, located in Campinas, state of Sao Paulo and surrounded by a highly technological environment.

Servicing almost all telecommunications carriers in the Brazilian Market, it operates in different sectors of the economy, including: governmental, electric industry and finance market. Supporting, in impartial and competitive fashion, any organization where data convergence and technological innovations are a must.

For more information visit: www.cpqd.com


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