Samsung and Tekelec Announce Interoperability for Mobile NGN Solution


LAS VEGAS, April 5 / Today at the CTIA Wireless 2006 conference, Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) and Tekelec (NASDAQ: TKLC), a leading developer of high-performance network applications for next- generation fixed, mobile and packet networks, announced interoperability between the Samsung SSX-300C Wireless Softswitch (WSS) and the Tekelec 8000 Converged Multimedia Gateway.

The interoperability brings Samsung closer to a joint solution with the Tekelec 8000 Converged Multimedia Gateway as a part of Samsung's Mobile Next Generation Network (NGN) solution for North America.

The Tekelec 8000 Converged Multimedia Gateway is a highly flexible and reliable converged media gateway that ideally complements the Samsung SSX-300C WSS, the keystone for Samsung's distributed mobile switching center (MSC) solution.

Samsung's WSS is a CDMA2000-compliant and field-proven mobile call server controlling distributed media gateways and managing call/session control for voice and data services. Its telco-grade reliability and NGN protocols readiness make it easy for wireless operators to integrate the system into existing and future network environments, while its high-capacity can support a heavy volume of busy-hour call attempts (BHCA) and subscribers.

"The interoperability of the Samsung Wireless Softswitch and the Tekelec 8000 Converged Multimedia Gateway provides a strong foundation for our mobile NGN solution in North America," said Tom Jasny, Samsung's vice president of wireless and broadband network systems. "We are committed to providing operators with field-proven, cost-effective solutions that allow subscribers to easily migrate to new IMS services."

Frank Plastina, Tekelec's president and CEO, added, "Tekelec is a leader in converged media gateway technologies and the ideal choice to help mobile operators deliver advanced, revenue-building services today while supporting their transition to tomorrow's converged solutions. Our new relationship with Samsung, a global mobile solution provider, further confirms Tekelec's leadership position in the next-generation converged media gateway market."

About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, L.P., a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, see STA's website at http://samsungwireless.com/

About Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2005 parent company sales of US$56.7 billion and net income of US$7.5 billion. Employing approximately 128,000 people in over 90 offices in 51 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones, and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com/ .

About the Samsung SSX-300C Wireless Softswitch
Samsung's WSS is a next generation CDMA2000 MSC system that provides a Softswitch-based solution. The WSS system is designed to support present circuit switched 2G mobile networks, as well as packet switched 3G networks, and to enable even migration to IMS networks. The WSS system offers exceptional flexibility and reliability, in a cost-effective, easy-to-deploy, small footprint that readily overlays onto existing infrastructure.

Samsung's WSS supports next-generation network protocols SIP, VoiceXML, and Megaco, making it a future-ready solution that allows subscribers to easily migrate to new, advanced packet-based IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) services via a simple software upgrade. Samsung's IMS provides next generation wireless services including Voice over IP (VoIP), multimedia conferencing, networked gaming, location-based services, instant messaging, and IP-TV.

Samsung's next-generation MSC solution gives operators a highly flexible, scaleable architecture that supports an open architecture operating system and shares a common server platform for WCDMA (MSC server), CDMA (WSS), Wireline (SS) and IMS Server Applications. It continues to support legacy wireless services such as voicemail, SMS, push-to-talk, and music ring-back tones.

About Tekelec
Tekelec is a high-performance network applications company that is accelerating the transition to IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks for service providers around the globe. With its unparalleled experience at the intersection of network applications and session control, Tekelec creates the most-efficient platforms for managing media and delivering network solutions. Corporate headquarters are in Morrisville, N.C., with research and development facilities and sales offices throughout the world. For more information, please visit www.tekelec.com/ .

About the Tekelec 8000 Media Gateway
The Tekelec 8000 MG is a wireline and wireless media gateway based on 3GPP and 3GPP2 standards for GSM, UMTS, UMA and CDMA networks. Its flexible architecture simplifies the number of network elements required for building a 3G-core network, resulting in significantly reduced capital and operating costs. The Tekelec 8000 enables operators to seamlessly evolve into next- generation, IMS architecture.

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