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mobilkom austria group Select Starent Networks' 3G/UMTS and 4G/LTE Solutions

Starent Networks, the US-based provider of mobile broadband solutions, has been selected by mobilkom austria group, to deliver a multimedia core solution across its European footprint for UMTS and LTE mobile broadband services. mobilkom’s two units, mobilkom austria and Croatia’s Vipnet, will deploy the Starent solution in 2009, with other subsidiaries across Central and Eastern Europea expected to follow in the coming years. Starent Networks’ solutions will be deployed by Kapsch CarrierCom.

Starent Networks, Corp. (Nasdaq: STAR), a leading provider of infrastructure solutions that enable mobile operators to deliver broadband multimedia services, today announced mobilkom austria group (mag) has selected Starent’s multimedia core solution for deployment in its mobile operator member companies across Europe for UMTS and LTE mobile broadband services. Starent is working with Kapsch CarrierCom, Austria for the solution deployment.

mag is a leading mobile service provider in Central and Eastern Europe. The group connects around 18 million mobile customers in eight countries. mobilkom austria and Vipnet from Croatia will deploy the Starent solution in 2009. Other mobilkom austria group members will follow in the coming years.

mag will initially use Starent’s GGSN solution on the ST40 multimedia core platform to enable high-speed multimedia services such as video and Internet on its 3G/UMTS networks. The ability to easily migrate the Starent multimedia core platform to the 4G/LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) was a key element in the selection decision by mag.

“As we continue to evolve our networks to accommodate subscriber demand for high bandwidth services, we seek out industry leaders like Starent to provide us with superior technology,” said Johann Pichler, Group CTO, of mag. “Additionally, the Starent solutions are software upgradeable, which will provide our operator companies with a significant competitive advantage as they migrate to 4G.”

Kapsch CarrierCom is already providing several solutions to mag, such as UMTS, NGIN and R4 and will manage the deployment, integration and support of the Starent products.

“This is a great new partnership for us because Starent’s GGSN solution is very innovative. As a company, we have a multi vendor focus and are once again proud to work together with a partner who can deliver state of the art solutions to our customers,” said Thomas Schapf, Member of the Board, Kapsch CarrierCom AG.

“The mobilkom austria group has a strong focus on delivering leading-edge services to their subscribers,” said Ashraf Dahod, president and chief executive officer of Starent. “We are very pleased to help the multiple operating properties to build out a high-performance, highly intelligent network that can meet the ever increasing demand of their subscribers.”

Starent Networks has led the 3G market to deploying the next generation core, while also positioning the network to be readily upgradeable to 4G/LTE. Starent’s solutions already include many of the elements required of the 4G network, including integrated intelligence, simplified network architecture, high bandwidth performance capabilities, carrier-class reliability and enhanced mobility. Furthermore, Starent’s solutions are capable of supporting multiple functions in a single node, allowing a single platform to concurrently act as a 2G/3G and 4G node. Starent’s solutions are designed to be evolutionary, deployed through software upgrades. This approach is intended to protect operators with investments in 3G while eliminating the need for forklift upgrades.

About Kapsch CarrierCom

Kapsch CarrierCom AG, part of the Kapsch Group, specializes in voice and data communications solutions for fixed and mobile network providers. Kapsch CarrierCom addresses the full spectrum of the operator’s requirements: from analysis, consulting, design, product development, integration, installation, training to the maintenance and operation of complete networks.

About mobilkom austria group:

The members of the mobilkom austria group, which is a member of the Telekom Austria Group and provides mobile communications services, are: mobilkom austria (Austria), Vipnet (Croatia), Si.mobil (Slovenia), mobilkom liechtenstein (Liechtenstein), Mobiltel (Bulgaria), Vip mobile (Serbia), Vip operator (Macedonia) and Velcom (Belarus). More than 8,000 employees in the mobilkom austria group care for 17.8 million customers.

About Starent Networks

Starent Networks, Corp. is a leading provider of infrastructure solutions that enable mobile operators to deliver multimedia services to their subscribers. Starent Networks has created solutions that provide mobile operators with the functions and services needed for access, mobility management and call control in their networks. Through integrated intelligence and high performance capabilities, Starent Networks’ solutions also enhance subscriber management, billing and session policy enforcement. The company’s products are capable of supporting a wide range of mobile wireless networks, such as UMTS/HSPA, CDMA2000, WiFi, and WiMAX. Starent Networks’ products have been deployed by over 95 mobile operators in 40 countries.

Starent Networks Safe Harbor Statement

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Starent Networks, including statements about expectations related to the company's multimedia solutions constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may contain the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will" and similar expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including the inability to predict the future success or market acceptance of Starent Networks multimedia core platform solutions, the highly competitive and rapidly evolving market in which Starent Networks competes, Starent Networks’s limited operating history, the fluctuation of its past operating results, its reliance on a limited number of customers for a significant portion of its revenues and its reliance on a single line of products and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Starent Networks Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent Starent Networks’ views as of the date of this press release. Starent Networks anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its views to change. However, while Starent Networks may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, it specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Starent Networks’ views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

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