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TMCNet:  ZTE and Imagination Technologies Announce Availability of VoLTE on Commercial Handsets

[February 26, 2013]

ZTE and Imagination Technologies Announce Availability of VoLTE on Commercial Handsets

(GlobeNewswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS -- Imagination Technologies (LSE:IMG), a leading multimedia, processor, communications and cloud technologies company, and ZTE Corporation ("ZTE") (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and manufacturer of handsets/smartphones, today announce the HelloSoft VoLTE solution is now available on commercial ZTE VoLTE-enabled handsets, powered by the MetroPCS 4G LTE network.


ZTE handsets with the embedded HelloSoft VoLTE client are available at MetroPCS stores in the Dallas (USA) region.

Imagination's HelloSoft VoLTE is fully standards-compliant with 3GPP Voice over LTE and GSMA IR.92 specifications. It incorporates award winning multiplatform HelloSoft VoIP, IMS, VCC, and VoLTE technology featuring AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation) and NC (Noise Cancellation) to produce superior voice quality on 4G mobile devices. Imagination's HelloSoft VoLTE is deeply integrated into the handset and with the handset native dialer to provide a low-latency, superior voice and video user experience. HelloSoft VCC (Voice Call Continuity) technology enables seamless handoff of VoIP and circuit switched calls across 4G/3G/2G networks and also between multiple IP networks such as LTE and WiFi.

Says Tony King-Smith, VP marketing, Imagination: "Great teamwork with ZTE has produced a superior quality embedded VoLTE solution. Unlike over-the-top clients, it is essential to work closely with the operators, handset manufacturers and other ecosystem partners, including the chipset providers and infrastructure vendors, to deliver an optimized, low latency integrated VoLTE client." Says Lixin Cheng, CEO, ZTE USA, and president, North America Region, ZTE: "ZTE has made LTE handsets a priority in the U.S. market for 2013. Our partnership with Imagination and MetroPCS will enable our LTE handsets to feature the many benefits of VoLTE, offering consumers a significantly enhanced user experience." ZTE is one of the world's leading vendors of LTE technologies, systems and handsets. The company provides LTE operators with an IMS-based architecture that enables the deployment of voice and multimedia services.

About ZTE ZTE is a publicly listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions with the most comprehensive product range covering virtually every sector of the wireline, wireless, service and terminals markets. The company delivers innovative, custom-made products and services to more than 500 operators in more than 140 countries, helping them to meet the changing needs of their customers while achieving continued revenue growth. ZTE's 2010 revenue led the industry with a 21 percent increase to USD10.609 billion. ZTE commits 10 percent of its revenue to research and development and takes a leading role in a wide range of international bodies developing emerging telecoms standards. A company with sound corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, ZTE is a member of the UN Global Compact. ZTE is China's only listed telecom manufacturer, publicly traded on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ). For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn and connect with us on our social networks – @ZTE_USA and ZTE USA on Facebook.

Editor's Notes For more information about Imagination at Mobile World Congress, visit http://www.virtualpressoffice.com/eventExhibitor.do page=ep&showId=2332&companyId=1524 About HelloSoft V.VoIP & VoLTE Imagination's HelloSoft range of licensable IP includes comprehensive software SDKs delivering everything needed to implement high quality, power-efficient Voice over IP and LTE (VoIP, VoLTE), Voice plus Video over IP (V.VoIP) and rich communications suite (RCS 5.0) for multi-mode wireless and wireline devices. HelloSoft IP products and technologies are 'carrier-grade' cross-platform solutions, already deployed in millions of devices. Built on years of engineering experience to ensure that they are ready for the most extensive 3G, 4G and enterprise network deployments, all SDKs and platforms are available for Android, iPhone, Windows and Linux environments.

About Imagination Technologies Imagination Technologies - a global leader in multimedia, processor and communication technologies - creates and licenses market-leading processor solutions including graphics, video, vision, CPU & embedded processing, multi-standard communications, cross-platform V.VoIP & VoLTE and cloud connectivity. These silicon and software intellectual property (IP) solutions for systems-on-chip (SoC) are complemented by an extensive portfolio of software, tools and ecosystems. Target markets include mobile phone, connected home consumer, mobile and tablet computing, in-car electronics, networking, telecoms, health, smart energy and connected sensors. Imagination's licensees include many of the world's leading semiconductor manufacturers, network operators and OEM/ODMs. Corporate headquarters are located in the United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide. See: www.imgtec.com CONTACT: Imagination Technologies' Press Contact: UK: David Harold david.harold@imgtec.com +44 (0)1923 260 511 USA: Jen Bernier jen.bernier@imgtec.com +1 408-530-5178 Source: Imagination Technologies 2013 GlobeNewswire, Inc.

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