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NEC launches iPASOLINK EX for ultra-high-capacity wireless backhaul, fronthaul and access applications with disruptive low cost of ownership

*** For immediate use February 22, 2013

Tokyo, February 22, 2013 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced the launch of iPASOLINK EX, its next-generation of high-capacity all-outdoor packet radio operating in the E-band spectrum covering 70-80GHz frequencies.

iPASOLINK EX is designed to deliver multi-gigabit capacities with high spectral efficiency in dense urban applications in mobile backhaul, distributed radio access "fronthaul" and last-mile broadband access. It is a disruptive product that leverages NEC's unique expertise in high modulation, spatial aggregation and low latency radio transmission. iPASOLINK EX utilizes new cutting edge components to deliver value based on future-proof performance and market-leading low cost of ownership.

NEC engineered iPASOLINK EX with features that the company is renowned for in the market; the new product is a compact, lightweight and exceptionally reliable radio unit. These attributes have become increasingly important in the operation of transmission networks as small size and low weight significantly simplify installation procedures, while high reliability eliminates costs of field replacements and repair.

Atsushi Noro, Deputy General Manager of NEC's Mobile Wireless Solutions Division, commented: "E-band spectrum offers higher capacities and lower spectrum license costs compared to traditional microwave radio solutions, and NEC has recognized our customers' increasing interest in the application of this technology. Over the last few months, NEC has been successful with iPASOLINK EX in an increasing number of equipment tenders from leading network operators and we expect to see significant deployments in coming months as backhaul networks are prepared for large scale LTE rollouts."

NEC is showcasing iPASOLINK EX at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain from February 25 - 28 at the Fira Gran Via, Hall 3, Stand 3B4.

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The iPASOLINK series is the next generation of PASOLINK products. Since the launch of PASOLINK in the early 1980s, communications networks have dramatically grown and evolved. During that time, the system has been widely adopted as a solution for microwave transmission with shipments of approximately 2 million units throughout 147 countries.

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