SOURCE: Ericsson

October 09, 2006 04:00 ET

Ericsson to supply Telenor with a complete packet core network for mobile high speed data

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 9, 2006 --


Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has been selected by Telenor to supply a complete packet core network to enable differentiated delivery of multimedia services in Norway and Denmark. Telenor will get a common platform for both 2G and 3G data traffic with flexible, service aware charging capabilities to increase the average revenue per user and reduce churn.

Ericsson will provide Telenor the latest technology for mobile high speed data communication, paving the way for mobile advanced packet data based services such as Mobile TV and Mobile Gaming.

Under the contract Ericsson will be the sole supplier of the whole packet core network in Norway and Denmark, including Gateway GPRS Support Nodes and Serving GPRS Support Nodes, for 2G and 3G in the same platform and the Service Aware Charging solution. Roll-out will start during the third quarter of 2006.

Anders Hauglie-Hanssen, Vice President Nordic Mobile at Telenor says: "Telenor is committed to build and stimulate advanced telecommunications services. With this agreement we expect to get a future proof and cost-efficient solution for handling of our GPRS network. We have chosen Ericsson as supplier for their proven capabilities in other markets, and their local competence and high commitment".

Ericsson is offering its market leading common 2G/3G mobile data solution which has been in commercial service in other markets, such as Italy, for more than one year supporting cost-efficient roll out of 3G sharing capacity with existing 2G dynamically.

Johan Wibergh, President, Ericsson Nordic and Baltic, says: "We are proud to be part of Telenor's growth as a global player. With this contract we are increasing our footprint in the Nordic operation for packet core and developing our cooperation with Telenor."

Ericsson is shaping the future of mobile and broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.

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About Telenor

Telenor is one of the largest mobile operators worldwide with ownership interests in 12 mobile operators across Europe and Asia, constituting a total subscriber base of over 100 million. Telenor is Norway's largest telecommunications company and one of the fastest growing providers of mobile communications services worldwide. Telenor is also the largest provider of TV services in the Nordic region. In 2005, 57% of the Group's revenues were derived from the mobile operations. Telenor has mobile operations in some of the world's fastest growing markets, and the home market, Norway, is one of the most advanced in the world today. Group revenues for 2005 reached NOK 68.9 billion - a growth of 14 per cent compared to 2004. At year-end 2005, Telenor employed 27,600 people (man-years) - 16,700 of whom were employed outside Norway.

About Ericsson Packet Core

Ericsson is the world-leading supplier of Mobile Packet Core networks. Ericsson's solutions in this field are optimized for mobile broadband, providing telecom quality IP and a superior user-experience. More than 140 operators in over 85 countries rely on them to generate revenues from new and compelling multimedia services.

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