Monday, August 31, 2009

Hitachi opens new facility for 4G mobile communication systems development

DALLAS, USA: Hitachi Communication Technologies America Inc. (Hitachi-CTA) officially opened a new facility to engage in the development of core network infrastructure equipment for Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless networks to address the growing 4th-generation (4G) mobile communications market.

The facility, named the Dallas R&D Center, is located in the “telecom corridor” area of Richardson, Texas. The Dallas R&D Center will focus on the Mobility Management Entity (MME) and other components of the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) for LTE.

“I am very pleased to announce the opening of the new Dallas R&D Center in support of Hitachi’s mobile communications business,” said Yoshihiro Kondo, General Manager, Dallas R&D Center, Hitachi-CTA. “This location in Richardson is at the heart of this activity in the United States, and I believe that we can expand our business in the near future.”

Last year, KDDI Corp., a leading Japanese wireless operator, selected Hitachi as the EPC supplier for KDDI’s LTE network. Hitachi partnered with Nortel Networks to provide the MME component of EPC to KDDI.

Hitachi has hired a seasoned staff of key MME/SGSN/mobility architects, R&D and business personnel for the Dallas R&D Center to work on the development and delivery of a market-leading MME and other EPC components for KDDI.

Each R&D staff member brings, on average, over 10 years of experience in developing and supporting MME/SGSN and 3GPP/3GPP2 wireless data products. The work on MME is based on a license under which Nortel has granted to Hitachi the rights to develop and deliver the MME to KDDI.

The Hitachi-CTA Dallas R&D Center further strengthens Hitachi’s ability to provide advanced solutions for communications service providers worldwide.

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