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Iridium NEXT Leverages Radisys’ T-Series Platform for its Next Generation Ground Station Infrastructure

Radisys® Corporation (NASDAQ: RSYS), a market leader enabling wireless infrastructure solutions, today announced that Iridium Communications Inc., the global mobile voice and data satellite communications company, is to use Radisys’ T-Series commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platforms to upgrade its ground station infrastructure associated with its next generation global satellite constellation – Iridium NEXT.

Iridium NEXT, scheduled to begin launching in 2015, will deliver more bandwidth and higher data speeds to serve the rapidly expanding demand for truly global mobile communications. In preparation for the launch of Iridium NEXT, the ground station upgrade is recently complete – across six global ground stations and the gateway infrastructure. To manage and maintain the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation and reliably run the numerous operational support software applications required, Iridium needed a long-life COTS applications platform that could deliver high availability and increased throughput. Radisys’ T-Series platforms were selected as they delivered a package which satisfied all of these requirements. This selection also supports Iridium’s initiative to streamline the common platform for both ground systems and services infrastructure, making its entire mission network highly available and easily scalable.

“Iridium NEXT will provide more services at faster speeds, substantially enhancing opportunities for our partners and customers,” said Scott Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Iridium. “Two things were important to Iridium in selecting the Radisys T-Series platform for the Iridium NEXT ground station infrastructure upgrade. First, we needed a platform that was supported by a multi-vendor open ecosystem to ensure its longevity. Being tied to one vendor’s proprietary solution simply wasn’t an option. Second, we needed a platform that provided improved price-performance to enable us to reach our technology and business objectives.”

The Radisys T-Series platform is based on an open standards-based ATCA platform architecture that utilizes merchant silicon and open source software. The T-Series platform is designed to be in service for a minimum of seven years. Radisys designed the T-Series to be modular and scalable, so it can be utilized as a base platform for a number of applications. Iridium will be able to take advantage of deploying up to five different applications on the Radisys T-Series platform. Finally, high availability is achieved through T-Series hardware-level redundancy features, with design features supporting plug-in hardware and software upgrades while equipment is in-service.

“We are delighted to be working with Iridium on this exciting global communications project,” said Keate Despain, vice president, business development and platform product line management, Radisys. “Our T-Series platforms possess all the necessary qualities to ensure that Iridium enjoys a cost-effective, flexible and reliable deployment for Iridium NEXT. This will enable the next generation satellite constellation to stand up to the challenge of delivering effective mobile communications for the entire world with the latest market-leading technology.”

About Radisys

Radisys (NASDAQ: RSYS) is a market leader enabling wireless infrastructure solutions for telecom, aerospace and defense applications. Radisys' market-leading MRF (Media Resource Function) and T-Series Virtualized Platforms coupled with Trillium software, services and market expertise enable customers to bring their products to market faster with lower investment and risk. Radisys technology is used in a wide variety of 3G & 4G / LTE mobile network applications including: small cell Radio Access Networks (RAN), wireless core network applications including SDN and NFV, deep packet inspection (DPI) and policy management equipment, conferencing and media services including voice, video and data, as well as commercial offerings for network applications that support the aerospace and defense markets.

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