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Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc. and AirHop Communications Announce a Partnership for Small Cell Gateway With Advanced Interference Mitigation

Virtualized, Carrier-Grade Mobile Core With Advanced Centralized SON Solution Provide an Ideal LTE Solution for Dense HetNet Deployments

RICHARDSON, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 11/19/13 -- Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc. (Hitachi CTA) and AirHop Communications today announced that they are partnering to deliver AirHop's advanced eSON™ solution to manage interference and optimize system capacity on Hitachi's ER5000 Small Cell Gateway. Hitachi has virtualized its Small Cell Gateway to enable quick deployments, with support for small to very large systems with unlimited scalability for signaling and data throughput.

Mobile operators face many challenges with the mass deployment of small cells to address ever increasing data demands. Major challenges include managing the growth of both signaling and capacity. The innovative architecture of Hitachi's ER5000 Small Cell Gateway enables operators to independently grow signaling and data capacity as the network and data demand evolve. AirHop's eSON provides real-time multi-cell radio coordination to optimize coverage, capacity and quality of service, and load balancing, which is essential in HetNets deployment. Cloud based Client-Server architecture also enables SON virtualization to deliver the scalability, and multi-vendor eNB support.

"Hitachi CTA is focused on providing competitive solutions that offer our customers the ability to easily deploy heterogeneous networks in the rapidly evolving wireless market. Integrating with the leading advanced SON solution from AirHop further strengthens our capability to deliver complete solution for heterogeneous networks," said Reg Wilcox, EVP Business Development of Hitachi CTA. "We believe that our ER5000 Small Cell System offers unique capabilities that provide significant cost benefits through improved network efficiencies."

"AirHop's innovative SON technology and architecture have drawn strong interest and demand from operators and equipment vendors globally. This is a clear indication that real-time SON with client-server architecture is essential to dense LTE small cell and HetNet deployment," said Yan Hui, co-founder and CEO of AirHop. "Working with Hitachi CTA allows AirHop to leverage their innovative ER5000 Small Cell Gateway to deliver a complete small cell system solution. This will enable operators to fast-track the deployment of small cells within macro LTE networks."

About Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc.
Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc. (Hitachi CTA), a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., develops, manufactures and markets solutions for communications service providers. The company offers technology for advanced wireless networks, including 4G Evolved Packet Core and small cell solutions. Hitachi CTA offers high-speed optical networking equipment for metro and data center applications, software platforms for subscriber "connected home" and "machine-to-machine" (M2M) applications deployment and management. For more information about Hitachi Communication Technologies America, please visit www.hitachi-cta.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

About AirHop Communications
Founded in 2007, AirHop provides advanced RAN intelligence critical to the next wave of the mobile Internet. AirHop's eSON™ products are the first to completely address the installation, operation, performance, and multi-vendor support challenges of multi-layer, small cell and HetNet deployments. AirHop's award winning Cloud based solution takes SON technology towards Network Virtualization and Soft-Defined-Network (SDN). AirHop is privately held and based in San Diego, CA. For more information, please visit www.airhopcomm.com.

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