SOURCE: Ericsson North America

August 05, 2009 09:13 ET

Ericsson Selects MapleNet Wireless to sell World-Leading Portfolio of Microwave Radio Systems

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN--(Marketwire - August 5, 2009) -

Ericsson Inc. (NASDAQ: ERIC) has signed an agreement with MapleNet Wireless, Inc. to sell Ericsson's portfolio of short- and long-haul microwave radio systems to network operators in the utilities, health care, education and municipal government segments.

MapleNet is an Elkhart, Indiana-based fixed-wireless engineering and installation firm specializing in turn-key wireless systems and tower construction. The company engineers and deploys high-capacity wireless WANs, WISPs and municipal wireless systems. Its corporate focus is on mission-critical high-capacity IP networks for utilities, healthcare, K-12 education, enterprise and government.

"We're pleased to add the world's most widely deployed microwave radio system to our portfolio," said Gene Crusie, president and CEO of MapleNet Wireless. "Ericsson's technology leadership provides our customers with carrier-grade solutions that give them faster implementation options and the flexibility to scale their networks as services and user requirements evolve."

The MapleNet affiliation is part of Ericsson's North America Indirect Channel Program that focuses on the market for PDH, SDH/SONET and IP/Ethernet fixed-wireless broadband networks. MapleNet is one of the first of several channel partners that have signed up for the new program, which will address a large part of the North American microwave market not currently served directly by Ericsson's direct channels.

"Ericsson has gained considerable traction in many segments of the North American microwave radio market since launching our Channel Program," said Thomas Lubeskie, vice president of Broadband Access and IP Solutions for Ericsson in North America. "In partnering with MapleNet, we will be able to combine their award-winning experience in the implementation and deployment of fixed-wireless networks with our world-leading microwave technology to provide customers with a cost-effective and reliable turnkey solution for microwave radio network systems."

Ericsson is the market leader in microwave transmission and has delivered more than 1.8 million microwave radios around the world. The portfolio consists of the well-established MINI-LINK family, strengthened by the Marconi LH trunk radio. These market leading solutions insure that Ericsson's Channel Partners will be able to address the evolution to all-IP networks using PDH, SDH/SONET, and Ethernet-based microwave radio products.

About Ericsson

Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 1 billion subscribers and has a leading position in Managed Services. The company's portfolio comprises of mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision "to be the prime driver in an all-communicating world" through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 75,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 209 billion (USD 32.2 billion) in 2008. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.


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