Airvana Wins Injunction in Ericsson Case

Airvana Wins Injunction in Ericsson Case

NEW YORK, March 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Airvana Network Solutions Inc., a
Massachusetts based company that played a key role in the development of 3G
wireless communications in the United States, announced today that that New
York State Supreme Court has issued a preliminary injunction barring Ericsson
Inc., Ericsson AB ("Ericsson") (Nasdaq:ERIC) or any party in privity with
Ericsson from using, operating, testing or deploying certain Airvana-based
EV-DO hardware unless it is executing software that is licensed from Airvana.
As previously announced on February 8, 2012, Airvana commenced a lawsuit
against Ericsson, alleging breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation,
and unfair competition, in connection with Ericsson's sale of EV-DO hardware
based on Airvana designs. In a 41-page ruling yesterday, the Court determined
that all of the EV-DO products marketed and sold by Ericsson that were the
subject of the preliminary injunction motion were "based on Airvana hardware
design" and that, accordingly, Airvana had demonstrated "a likelihood of
success on the merits" in its claim for breach of contract.

The Court also confirmed that it will conduct a separate, related hearing in
April on a second preliminary injunction motion filed by Airvana against
Ericsson relating to the Digital Baseband Advanced ("DBA") product marketed
and sold by Ericsson. Based on information Airvana has obtained in discovery
since the original filing of the lawsuit, Airvana believes that the evidence
will demonstrate clearly that, like the EV-DO products that were the subject
of yesterday's ruling, the DBA product is also based on the Airvana hardware
design. In the second preliminary injunction motion, Airvana seeks the same
relief ordered by the Court in yesterday's decision, asking that the Court
enjoin any use, operation, testing or deployment of the DBA without software
licensed by Airvana.

Airvana's Chief Executive Officer Randy Battat said "we are gratified by the
Court's decision, which reflected a careful and meticulous review of a lengthy
factual record. When we filed this action against Ericsson last year we did so
very reluctantly, and only because we felt that Ericsson's actions threatened
Airvana with irreparable harm, and left us no choice but to try to defend our
rights through legal proceedings. Yesterday's decision vindicated our course
of action. As we have shown, we are prepared to, and will, pursue and defend
our rights vigorously, including at next month's DBA preliminary injunction

Airvana is represented by Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in the

Airvana Network Solutions Inc. ( provides
innovative, scalable radio access network (RAN) infrastructure that enables
mobile operators to meet the growing demand for high-performance mobile data
services and 3G-to-4G coexistence. Airvana's mobile broadband RAN solution is
fully integrated into Ericsson's CDMA Access product line.


Molly Nunes
Director, Public Relations

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