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Ascom Network Testing Wins Market Share Leadership Award

Frost & Sullivan Award LogoFrost & Sullivan Recognizes Ascom’s Leadership in the Global Wireless Communications Drive Test Equipment Market

Company outdistances competition through its product portfolio, strategic acquisitions and investment in evolving technologies

Mountain View, Calif. - June 2, 2011- Based on its recent analysis of the wireless communications drive test equipment market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Ascom Network Testing Inc. and its TEMS™ Portfolio with the 2011 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Share Leadership. Ascom has emerged as the undisputed leader in the global wireless communications drive test market with a leading share of 38.2 percent in 2010.

With the introduction of Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the North American market, the region accounted for 36 percent of the total revenues generated from mobile network testing and optimization by Ascom in 2010. Further, the company managed to generate 13 percent of its revenues from the Asia-Pacific region despite significant competition from local market participants. Overall, due to its distributed global presence, Ascom enjoys relatively balanced revenues from across the globe, roughly in line with global regional technology investments by wireless operators.

"One of the primary factors contributing to Ascom's leadership position in the wireless communications drive test equipment market is its two strategic acquisitions in 2009," said Frost & Sullivan Program Manager Olga Yashkova. "The company also leverages its broad product portfolio to support a large number of network testing applications."

In January 2009, Ascom acquired Comarco WTS, the wireless testing business of Comarco. This acquisition contributed to Ascom's leadership position by strengthening its presence in the North American benchmarking market, through enhanced measuring capabilities in Quality of Service (QoS) and network performance. In June of the same year, Ascom acquired TEMS, the test division of L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co., which provided it with a tremendous advantage in terms of advanced mobile networks optimization product lines, a global customer base, and a geographic presence in 17 countries.

"TEMS solutions for mobile network optimization are a perfect combination with Ascom's market-leading mobile test solutions (MTS) and has strengthened Ascom’s market position by providing a one-stop solution to its global customers," said Yashkova. "Moreover, it immediately propelled Ascom to a market leadership position in mobile network optimization."

Presently, the company's customers include all of the leading global network operators, such as Vodafone, China Mobile, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Telefonica. Its TEMS Portfolio includes outstanding products such as TEMS™ Investigation, TEMS™ Pocket, TEMS™ Symphony, TEMS™ Automatic, and TEMS™ Discovery.

TEMS Investigation is the industry-leading drive-test and network troubleshooting, verification, optimization and maintenance tool for wireless networks, while TEMS™ Pocket is Ascom's portable handheld solution for many of these same important tasks, including basic cell planning. The TEMS Symphony mobile network benchmarking tool enables drive testing and indoor testing, as well as nomadic testing on a single test platform. TEMS Automatic is an autonomous network monitoring system that allows operators to monitor end-to-end network quality and performance as experienced by the subscriber. Last, TEMS Discovery is Ascom's post-processing tool for air interface measurement data, and enables users to report on and further analyze the data from the aforementioned TEMS tools.

Following a dedicated strategy to continually broaden its solutions to support evolving technology standards, Ascom invests heavily in emerging technologies. As the market is currently driven by the growth and increased adoption of LTE technology, Ascom aspires to gain leadership in this sector through early technology support, improved product visibility, and strong market penetration. Ascom has achieved significant growth in the North American LTE drive test market and intends to increase its penetration in the Asia-Pacific market as LTE is deployed across the region.

Frost & Sullivan recognizes Ascom with the 2011 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Share Leadership in the global wireless drive test market based on Ascom's extensive product portfolio, strategic acquisitions and corporate strategy to invest heavily in evolving technologies to stay ahead of competition. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in capturing the highest market share within its industry. The award recognizes the company's leadership position within the industry in terms of revenues or units, as specified.

Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

Ascom is an international solution provider with comprehensive technological know-how in Mission-Critical Communication. The company concentrates on core areas such as Wireless Solutions (high-value, customer-specific on-site communications solutions), Network Testing (a global market leader in testing, monitoring, and optimization solutions for mobile networks) and Security Communication (applications for security, communication and control systems for infrastructure operators, public security institutions, and the military). The company has subsidiaries in 20 countries and a workforce of about 2,300 employees worldwide. Ascom registered shares (symbol ASCN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich.

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