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December 7, 2009

Hitachi acquires packet core network equipment from Nortel Networks

Acquisition relates to the company's development of Evolved Packet Core for LTE network equipment

By CBR Staff Writer

Hitachi has acquired packet core network components, including software products that support the transfer of data over existing wireless networks and the wireless communications technology, from Nortel Networks Limited, Nortel Networks Inc and Nortel Networks Technology Corporation for a total of $10m.

This acquisition relates to the company’s development of Evolved Packet Core (EPC) for Long Term Evolution (LTE) network equipment. LTE is a new mobile communications system that provides high performance air interface (100Mbit/s) for cellular mobile phones.

According to Hitachi, the assets include GPRS support node, the mobility manager element, the AGW serving gateway, the AGW packet data gateway on advance telecommuting architecture (ATCA), and the network element manager associated with each and relevant non-patent intellectual property, equipment, other related tangible assets, a non-exclusive license of certain relevant patents and other intellectual property.

Earlier in December 2008, Hitachi was selected as a vendor of core LTE network equipment by KDDI, and has been moving forward with development activities. In May 2009, the company established a new mobile development center within its US subsidiary Hitachi Communication Technologies America to reinforce its design and development activities in the area of next-generation mobile communication systems.

The company said that the elements of its EPC offering include associated Mobility Management Entity (MME), Serving Gateway and PDN Gateway. This product offering can also deliver the ability to support 2G and 3G subscribers with integrated serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN) and Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) functionality.

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