SOURCE: Ericsson

September 18, 2008 11:09 ET

Ericsson Extends Relationship for MMS Solution With Alltel Wireless in US

PLANO, TX--(Marketwire - September 18, 2008) - Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced that it has extended its relationship with Alltel Wireless, owner and operator of the largest wireless network in the U.S.

The deal is an extension of an existing agreement in which Ericsson manages the complete system operations and maintenance of Alltel's Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS). Both companies have found key areas for growth and alignment over the length of their alliance and plan to build on the unique bonds Ericsson has developed with Alltel.

"Multimedia content and services are crucial in today's competitive wireless industry. By choosing Ericsson, we are ensuring that Alltel customers will continue to have access to the best multimedia offerings," said Craig Kirkland, vice president of messaging and voice services for Alltel Wireless.

Ericsson has overseen operations and support of Alltel's MMS solutions since 2003, helping Alltel stimulate usage and grow its revenue stream through customized use cases, inter-carrier messaging and video support.

"The extension of our agreement with Alltel demonstrates our commitment to support our long-term relationship with one of the key wireless operators in the country," said Angel Ruiz, president and chief executive officer for Ericsson North America. "This deal guarantees that Ericsson will continue to deliver the highest quality multimedia content to Alltel customers."

Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. The market leader in 2G and 3G mobile technologies, Ericsson supplies communications services and manages networks that serve more than 195 million subscribers. The company's portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, and broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and developers. The Sony Ericsson joint venture provides consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision of 'communication for all' through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 70,000 employees generated revenue of USD 27.9 billion (SEK 188 billion) in 2007. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on the Stockholm and NASDAQ stock exchanges.

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About Alltel

Alltel is owner and operator of America's largest network and serves more than 13 million customers. For more information about Alltel, please visit http://www.alltel.com

About Ericsson Managed Services

Ericsson has the telecom industry's most comprehensive managed services offering. It ranges from designing, building, operating and managing day-to-day operations of a customer's network, including end-user services and business support systems, to hosting service applications and content, as well as providing network coverage and capacity on demand. As the undisputed leader in managed services, Ericsson has officially announced more than 100 such contracts with operators worldwide since 2002. In all current managed services contracts, excluding hosting, Ericsson is managing networks that together serve more than 195 million subscribers worldwide.

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