Tatara Systems Raises $8 Million to Fuel Growth in Rapidly Emerging Femtocell Market



    Market Momentum Leads to Additional Funding and Appointment of New
Executives to Management Team

    ACTON, MASS., June 13 /CNW/ - Tatara Systems, a worldwide leader in
mobile services convergence, today announced that it has secured $8 million in
additional funding to fuel the company's growth in the rapidly emerging
femtocell market. This investment was led by Highland Capital Partners and
North Bridge Venture Partners, two leading firms with extensive experience
investing in communications equipment, network infrastructure, and software.

    At the same time, the company announced new additions to its management
team. E.Y. Snowden, who has served on the company's board of directors since
2004, has been named Executive Chairman of the Board, and Stephen Collins has
joined the company as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. In
addition, Ray DeZenzo, Tatara's CFO and Vice President of Operations, has been
named General Manager of Tatara's mobile broadband business unit. Steve
Nicolle, who has served as President and CEO since 2003, is stepping down to
pursue other interests, but will continue with the company in an advisory
role.

    Femtocells are a disruptive new technology that will improve in-home
mobile coverage, and enable operators to deliver new, enhanced IP services to
the large installed base of existing mobile handsets. Tatara has staked out an
early leadership position in this market, as the first vendor to announce an
all-IP solution for femtocell convergence, introducing the industry's first
femtocell-focused fixed-mobile convergence application server. The Tatara
Convergence Server enables femtocells to backhaul cellular traffic over a
broadband connection using SIP signaling, with a key advantage of this
approach being ready integration with the operator's IP services
infrastructure.

    "Mobile operators are showing intense interest in femtocells, as they
seek ways to expand network coverage and capacity", said Ed Anderson, Managing
General Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners. "Unlike other fixed-mobile
convergence solutions, operators see a clear business model for femtocells,
and are moving quickly to roll out new converged services that will increase
revenue and reduce churn. North Bridge is pleased to be working with the team
at Tatara, which is well-positioned in front of this exciting, new market."

    E.Y. Snowden is a leader in the wireless communications industry, having
managed both carrier and vendor organizations, as well as serving on the Board
and Executive Committee of CTIA - The Wireless Association for the past three
years. E.Y. served as President and CEO of Boston Communications Group, Inc.
(NASDAQ:  BCGI) from 1998 to 2006, and as Chairman of its board from 2006 until
March 2007. E.Y. led the transformation of BCGI from entrepreneurial innovator
into a proven, carrier-grade provider of mission critical applications to some
of the largest wireless operators in the world, including billing, content
filtering, network and payment services. Prior to BCGI, E.Y. served as
President and Chief Operating Officer of APC/Sprint Spectrum, where he oversaw
the launch of the first PCS network in North America, and the first GSM
network in the western hemisphere.

    Stephen Collins has twenty-five years experience developing and bringing
to market leading edge networking and telecom solutions, and has held senior
management positions in fast growing companies such as Sonus Networks, and Bay
Networks (acquired by Nortel). In 1998, he co-founded Spring Tide Networks,
and as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, was instrumental
in managing the company through a successful $1.5 billion acquisition by
Lucent Technologies.

    "Stephen brings a wealth of early stage company experience to Tatara, and
is well-versed in delivering new products into emerging markets", stated E.Y.
Snowden, Executive Chairman at Tatara. "I look forward to working closely with
him as we enable our customers and partners to deploy a new generation of
in-home, mobile converged services. At the same time, I would like to thank
Steve Nicolle for his leadership of Tatara over the past four years, and for
positioning the company for success in this exciting new market."

    About The Tatara Convergence Server

    The Tatara Convergence Server is the industry's first SIP-based,
fixed-mobile convergence application server to focus on an all-IP approach to
core network integration for femtocells. While there are several legacy
architectural approaches for deploying femtocell-based solutions, the all-IP
architecture utilizes standard communication protocols (i.e. SIP and VoIP) and
interfaces directly with the IP-based core network. This allows mobile
operators to immediately achieve the end-to-end cost and service advantages
that only an all-IP approach can deliver, rather than being constrained by the
historical limitations of traditional RAN-based solutions.

    About Tatara Systems

    Tatara Systems invents, develops, and deploys mobile convergence products
for network operators. Tatara's fixed-mobile convergence strategy is focused
on femtocell convergence as a significant new opportunity for mobile
operators. It takes advantage of current cellular handsets to provide improved
in-home coverage, and lower cost access to data services, via economical
femtocell access points. Tatara's products also enable the industry's broadest
set of PC convergence solutions, including mobile broadband services over
cellular data and WiFi networks. Tatara is proud to count some of the
industry's largest operators as customers of its award-winning Tatara Mobile
Services Convergence Portfolio(TM) of products. For more information, visit
www.tatarasystems.com.

    About Highland Capital Partners

    Highland Capital Partners was founded with the mission of helping great
people build great companies. Since its inception in 1988, the firm has taken
a sector-focused approach to investing in exceptional information technology,
communications and healthcare companies. For more information, visit
www.hcp.com.

    About North Bridge Venture Partners

    North Bridge Venture Partners is an active, early-stage venture capital
fund based in the Boston, Massachusetts area. For North Bridge, success is a
partnership with management that produces leading public companies in large
emerging markets. For more information, visit www.nbvp.com.




For further information:

For further information: Tatara Systems Kelly Friedland, +1 978-206-0831
kfriedland@tatarasystems.com

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