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TeleCommunication Systems VoLTE9-1-1 Service First in Production with LTE Carriers

Note: Comtech Acquired TCS on 2/23/2016

LAS VEGAS, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- (CTIA Booth: #5629) -- TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, today announced that its TCS VoLTE9-1-1 service is first into production with Tier-1 wireless carriers, including two of the largest North American operators. The fully customizable solution enables 4G/LTE carriers to provide both 9-1-1 call routing and originating coarse/precise location information, including the 10-digit callback number, to public safety access points (PSAPs).

Initially, wireless carriers deployed 4G/LTE solely for data use. Without VoLTE9-1-1 capabilities, carriers must process emergency calls over 3G networks (circuit-switched fallback), even in areas where LTE is deployed. However, with TCS' VoLTE9-1-1 service, they can now process 9-1-1 calls in an all-LTE environment, enabling them to reclaim or reuse 3G spectrum.

TCS VoLTE 9-1-1 News Facts:

  • Call routing to the PSAP: The TCS VoLTE9-1-1 service routes a 4G/LTE-originated 9-1-1 call using coarse location via the route determination function component.
  • PSAP telecommunicators can call back if disconnected: The TCS VoLTE9-1-1 service remains fully backwards compatible, supporting necessary functions such as providing PSAPs with full 10-digit subscriber callback numbers.
  • Re-bid by a PSAP for precise location after call routing: The location retrieval function allows a wireless carrier complete flexibility in choosing its underlying high-accuracy location technology and supports updated/precise position requests.
  • Emergency voice call continuity for location service: Location continuity and location delivery to the PSAPs are supported in usage scenarios where the 9-1-1 call switches from 4G/LTE to 3G/2G networks.
  • Expansion beyond voice: As wireless networks advance, multimedia objects such as text, audio and video can be transferred to a compatible termination point with LTE IP networks; for example, an NG ESINet and i3 PSAP. Leveraging an all-IP network makes it easier and more cost effective to interconnect services.
  • Small cell support: The TCS VoLTE9-1-1 solution supports small cells, including femtocells, microcells, picocells, etc., which are now commonly used in dense urban, indoor areas and enterprise networks.
  • TCS VoLTE 9-1-1 is designed and supported by the company's experienced location-based services and deployment team, who are active participants and contributors to LTE standards for 9-1-1.

Since deploying the first U.S. wireless E9-1-1 solution in 1998, TCS has been leading public safety solutions for wireless E9-1-1, NG9-1-1 and E1-1-2. TCS supports half of all U.S. wireless E9-1-1 calls, serving more than 140 million wireless and IP-enabled devices. As the nation's only non-carrier TL 9000-certified company in support of E9-1-1 services, TCS' highly-reliable E9-1-1 solutions ensure that a subscriber's emergency call routes to the appropriate PSAP and automatically pinpoints the caller's location information. TCS is an innovator in public safety technology; the company holds over 280 patents, 43 of which relate to public safety, and more than 360 pending worldwide.

Supporting Quote:

  • TCS' Safety & Security Group Vice President Thomas Ginter, said: "As carriers increasingly move toward LTE networks, the ability to handle 9-1-1 emergency communications is critical. By leveraging VoLTE9-1-1, network operators are helping to ensure subscribers receive the responsiveness they need in an emergency situation, while expanding coverage to areas where 3G coverage is lacking. TCS is at the forefront of driving industry standards as they relate to 9-1-1 technology and the development of next generation network technologies to improve emergency services for subscribers."

About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) is a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology. TCS infrastructure forms the foundation for market leading solutions in E9-1-1, text messaging, commercial location and deployable wireless communications. TCS is at the forefront of new mobile cloud computing services providing wireless applications for navigation, hyper-local search, asset tracking, social applications and telematics. Millions of consumers around the world use TCS wireless apps as a fundamental part of their daily lives. Government agencies utilize TCS' cyber security expertise, professional services, and highly secure deployable satellite solutions for mission-critical communications. Headquartered in Annapolis, MD, TCS maintains technical, service and sales offices around the world. To learn more about emerging and innovative wireless technologies, visit www.telecomsys.com.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements as defined within Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and are based upon TCS' current expectations and assumptions that if incorrect would cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Risks include those detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, or otherwise.

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