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UTStarcom Announces Leadership Transition

ALAMEDA, Calif., May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- UTStarcom, Inc.
(Nasdaq: UTSI), today announced that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hong Lu, notified the Board of Directors of his resignation.
Mr. Lu will
remain as Chairman and CEO of the company until December 31, 2006, focusing on
the Company's strategic opportunities and assisting during the transition. Mr. Lu will remain as a strategic advisor to the company after his formal
departure in December.
Tom Toy, currently an independent director of
UTStarcom, will assume the position of chairman of the board as of January 1,

UTStarcom Announces Leadership Transition
UTStarcom Announces Leadership Transition

CEO Hong Lu to Step Down December 31, 2006

Ying Wu, Co-Founder and CEO of China, to Assume Worldwide CEO Responsibilities

Company Continues Search for Global Chief Operating Officer


'I believe that now is the right time for me to pass the company's
leadership to a new management team who will take UTStarcom to the next
stage,' stated
Hong Lu. 'I have great confidence in the company's prospects
and believe that its new leadership and employees will successfully carry the
business forward.'

'Hong's vision drove the company's growth into a multi-billion dollar
provider of IP-based telecom equipment, and become the leader in China's PAS
market,' stated
Tom Toy. In addition, under Hong's leadership, UTStarcom has
been successful in expanding the company's presence in such markets as Japan,
India, Latin America, Europe and North America. We thank him for his
tremendous contributions and tireless commitment to the company and wish him
the very best in all his future endeavors.'

'Hong has been great leader and a great friend and partner for the last 11
years,' added
Ying Wu. 'I am confident that together we will make the
transition smoothly and I truly believe that UTStarcom has a bright future
with a great team of employees.'

Ying Wu, CEO of China, will assume the CEO position as of January 1, 2007.

Mr. Wu has been UTStarcom's Executive Vice-President and Vice Chairman of the
Board of Directors since October 1995. Prior to its merger with Unitech
Telecom, Inc., he was the President of Starcom, Inc. Before founding Starcom,
Mr. Wu was a member of the technical staff of Bellcore (now Telcordia).
From 1987 to 1988,
Mr. Wu was a consultant to AT&T
Bell Labs (now part of
Lucent Technologies). He holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the New
Jersey Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from
Beijing Industrial University.

UTStarcom also announced that it started a search for a Chief Operating
Officer who will be responsible for overseeing UTStarcom's worldwide
operations and supporting its infrastructure enhancement efforts. This
position, based in California, will work closely with the CEO in executing on
the Company's strategy.

About UTStarcom, Inc.

UTStarcom is a global leader in IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions
and international service and support. The company sells its broadband,
wireless, and handset solutions to operators in both emerging and established
telecommunications 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. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Alameda, California, the
company has research and design operations in the United States, Canada,
China, Korea and India. UTStarcom is a FORTUNE 1000 company.

For more information about UTStarcom, visit the company's Web site at

SOURCE UTStarcom, Inc.