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UTStarcom Appoints CEO As New Chairman And Announces Other Changes To Its Board Of Directors

BEIJING, Dec. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- UTStarcom Holdings Corp. ("UTStarcom" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: UTSI) a leading provider of interactive, IP-based network solutions in iDTV, IPTV, Internet TV and broadband for cable and telecom operators, announced today that on December 22, 2011 the Company's board of directors (the "Board") appointed Mr. Jack Lu, chief executive officer of UTStarcom, as chairman of the Board, effective March 31, 2012.  Mr. Lu will succeed Mr. Thomas Toy, who has resigned as a member and chairman of the Board, effective March 31, 2012. Mr. Toy will remain with the Company in an advisory role for a period of six months following the effective date of his resignation.

"I want to thank Tom for his important contributions to UTStarcom," said Mr. Lu.  "Tom has been a trusted partner and a dedicated and valued Board member. I am very pleased that as an advisor, the Company will continue to benefit from Tom's global vision and experience. Moreover, the three months we will have before the formal change will allow for a seamless transition, and reflects the importance we place on long-term planning, good governance and transparency."

The Board also appointed Mr. Xiaoping Li, an independent director of UTStarcom, as its lead director, and Mr. Tianruo ( Robert) Pu, an independent director of UTStarcom, as its chairman of audit committee effective March 31, 2012 to replace Mr. Thomas Toy on both roles.

Additionally, on December 22, 2011 Director William Wong tendered his resignation as a member of the Board, effective December 31, 2011.  Mr. Wong commented, "My departure will allow the Company to appoint an additional independent director to further strengthen the Company." As a result of the changes, the Company's Board will consist of seven directors, including five independent directors, with one vacancy.

About UTStarcom Holdings Corp.

UTStarcom is a leading provider of interactive, IP-based network solutions in iDTV, IPTV, Internet TV and broadband for cable and telecom operators. The Company sells its solutions to operators in both emerging and established telecommunications and cable markets around the world. UTStarcom enables its customers to rapidly deploy revenue-generating access services using their existing infrastructure, while providing a migration path to cost-efficient, end-to-end IP networks.

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