NEC and NETGEAR Team to Develop an Integrated 3G Access Point for Femtocell Solution

Feb 07, 2008, 00:00 ET from NETGEAR, Inc.

    LONDON and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NEC
 Corporation, a leading global provider of internet and broadband network
 solutions, and NETGEAR(R) Inc., a worldwide provider of technologically
 advanced, branded networking solutions, today announced that NETGEAR(R)
 Inc. and NEC Europe Limited, a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, are
 collaborating to develop an Integrated 3G Access Point that will be
 incorporated within NEC's Femtocell Solution offering.
     NEC provides complete end-to-end solution offering for operators that
 includes a 3G Femtocell Access Point, Femtocell Gateway, and Access Point
 Management and Provisioning System. NEC offers a choice of 3G Femtocell
 Access Points - NETGEAR's Femtocell Voice Gateway (DVG834GH) will form a
 part of NEC's growing portfolio of multi-vendor Access Points based on
 standard interfaces. The NETGEAR DVG834GH supports Iu-over-IP and SIP
 interface. The Iu-over-IP interface between the Access Point and the
 Femtocell Gateway is derived from the existing 3GPP GAN (Generic Access
 Network) standard with minor extensions which are currently under
 consideration for standardisation. NETGEAR's DVG834GH supports a standard
 3GPP compliant air interface, enabling the end user to make or receive
 calls using their existing 3G handset. The NETGEAR DVG834GH will
 interoperate with and will be managed and provisioned by the NEC Access
 Point Management and Provisioning system based on the TR-069 standard
     NETGEAR's DVG834GH includes a comprehensive residential gateway with
 integrated ADSL2+ modem, router, 10/100 wired LAN switch, 802.11g wireless
 access point, Voice over-IP (VoIP), SPI double firewall, and a 3G mobile
 access point based on WCDMA technology. The NETGEAR DVG834GH will enable
 mobile operators to extend and improve 3G coverage and capacity in a home
 and/or small office environment, as well as provide seamless access to
 advanced home networking services via the existing 3G handsets.
     Anil Kohli, Director of Global Femto Competence Centre at NEC Europe
 commented: "We are delighted to work with NETGEAR to offer their innovative
 femtocell product as part of our market-leading Femtocell Solution. The
 global market for femtocells is set to grow massively, with some forecasts
 predicting several million femtocells deployed by 2011. With this
 collaboration, NEC and NETGEAR are addressing a key segment of the market
 which demands a femtocell integrated with a residential gateway."
     David James, NETGEAR's director of product marketing for service
 provider markets, added: "Aligning our product within the NEC ecosystem
 enables us to leverage NEC's recognized market leadership in this area. We
 are very excited to have our innovative product adopted by NEC and
 anticipate an enthusiastic response to our combined solution from the
 operator community."
     About NEC Corporation
     NEC Corporation is one of the world's leading providers of Internet,
 broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting
 the specialised needs of its diverse and global base of customers. NEC
 delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and
 electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and
 Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC
 Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 150,000 people
 worldwide. For additional information, please visit
     About NETGEAR(R), Inc.
     NETGEAR(R) (Nasdaq:   NTGR) designs technologically advanced, branded
 networking solutions that address the specific needs of small and medium
 business and home users. The Company's product offerings enable users to
 share Internet access, peripherals, files, digital multimedia content and
 applications among multiple personal computers and other Internet-enabled
 devices. As an ENERGY STAR(R) partner, NETGEAR offers products that prevent
 greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications
 set by the U.S. government. NETGEAR is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif.
 For more information, visit the company's Web site at or
 call (408) 907-8000.
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     Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform
 Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.:
     This press release contains forward-looking statements within the
 meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
 Specifically, statements concerning the development of future NETGEAR
 products interoperating with the NEC Femtocell Gateway and the expected
 performance characteristics, specifications, market acceptance, market
 growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR's
 Femtocell Voice Gateway (DVG834GH), products and technology are
 forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These
 statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject
 to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the
 following: the development of NETGEAR products that interoperate with NEC
 Femtocell Gateway may be unsuccessful or may be delayed; NETGEAR or NEC
 Corporation may choose not to proceed with the planned agreement if there
 are technological difficulties or if there is no market demand for such
 products, the actual price, performance and ease of use of NETGEAR's
 Femtocell Voice Gateway (DVG834GH) may not meet the price, performance and
 ease of use requirements of customers, product performance may be adversely
 affected by real world operating conditions, new viruses or Internet
 threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features
 in NETGEAR's products, the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its
 products and technology, the impact and pricing of competing products and
 the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further
 information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its
 business are detailed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities
 and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and
 uncertainties listed in the section entitled "Part II - Item 1A. Risk
 Factors," pages 27 through 38, in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form
 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2007, filed with the
 Securities and Exchange Commission on November 9, 2007. NETGEAR undertakes
 no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking
 statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the
 date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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