Ascom and Altair Sign LTE Licensing Agreement

Inclusion of Altair’s chipset into Ascom solution allows operators to test and deploy 4G networks faster

Reston, VA  – October 12, 2011 – Ascom Network Testing Inc. and 4G LTE chipmaker Altair Semiconductor today announced a licensing agreement which will address their common customers’ needs for network testing solutions for TD-LTE and FD-LTE wireless network rollouts.

Under the agreement, Ascom will receive licensed access to Altair TD-LTE and FD-LTE modem interfaces. This access will enable timely support of Altair chipset-based terminals in the network deployment and optimization tools that make up Ascom’s TEMS Portfolio. This agreement will help to further expand the TEMS TD-LTE portfolio and demonstrates both companies’ commitment to and support of TD-LTE as a strategic wireless technology.

“Ascom is very pleased to partner with Altair, a company that has recently demonstrated its quality products and ability to advance LTE technology in the market,” says Erik Tarnvik, Vice President of Marketing, Ascom Network Testing.

"In the highly competitive LTE market, a key differentiator for Altair is being able to provide both a core chipset technology as well as the complementary tools needed to enable smooth deployment and commercialization of LTE technologies," said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing and Business Development at Altair Semiconductor. "We are very excited to join forces with a leading vendor such as Ascom and are confident that this partnership will bring substantial value to our mutual customers."

This partnership allows Ascom to further expand its TD-LTE TEMS product portfolio and to address the market demand for LTE network testing solutions. Altair will benefit from Ascom’s extensive installed customer base by ensuring that Altair based-test tools are available immediately for use by network operators and equipment vendors. As Altair-based terminals gain wider acceptance in the market, network operators will require advanced solutions to analyze the performance of their TD-LTE and FD-LTE networks.

About Ascom
Ascom is an international solution provider with comprehensive technological know-how in Mission-Critical Communication. The company concentrates on core areas such as Wireless Solutions (high-value, customer-specific on-site communications solutions), Network Testing (a global market leader in testing, monitoring, and optimization solutions for mobile networks) and Security Communication (applications for security, communication and control systems for infrastructure operators, public security institutions and the army). The company has subsidiaries in 20 countries and a workforce of about 2,300 employees worldwide. Ascom registered shares (symbol ASCN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich.

About Altair Semiconductor
Altair Semiconductor is the world's leading developer of ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance 4G semiconductors. Altair's chipsets can be found in approximately 30 end-user devices - ranging from USB dongles to smartphones - built by its more than 15 customers across North America, Europe, China, India and Taiwan - making it one of the only TDD/FDD LTE chipset manufacturers in the world with commercially available products. Altair's comprehensive product portfolio includes baseband processors, multi-band RF transceivers for both FDD and TDD bands, and a range of reference hardware and product level protocol stack software. Based on a novel, proprietary Software Defined Radio (SDR) processor, codenamed "O[2]P™", Altair's products are the smallest and most highly power optimized in the industry, offering an unmatched combination of flexibility and performance. For more information, visit the company's website at Follow Altair on Twitter: @AltairSemi



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