SOURCE: Ericsson North America

March 04, 2010 09:26 ET

US aims to lead the world in mobile broadband

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN--(Marketwire - March 4, 2010) -

-- FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski introduces the National Broadband Plan and underscores the need for more spectrum

-- Ericsson supports the Timely Identification and Allocation for Spectrum Crucial for Mobile Broadband Networks

Ericsson applauds FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's speech describing the National Broadband Plan's core goal to "have the fastest, most robust, and most extensive mobile broadband networks, and the most innovative mobile broadband marketplace in the world." Ericsson is encouraged by the FCC's recognition that making needed radio spectrum available for high performance mobile broadband networks is a key ingredient for improving access to broadband services, fostering innovation, and stimulating economic growth.

Although mobile broadband is still in its infancy, it is clear from the rapid consumer up take that broadband has the ability to fundamentally transform our society and economy as well as benefit the environment. However, the success of mobile broadband hinges on licensed spectrum being made available in a number of bands, in sufficient quantity, with clear and appropriate technical rules. Ericsson will continue to work with the FCC and other stake holders to identify suitable spectrum for mobile broadband so that, collectively, the promise of the National Broadband Plan can become a reality.

Ericsson also commends Blair Levin, the FCC's Executive Director of the Omnibus Broadband Initiative, and his team for their hard work in developing the National Broadband Plan that addresses the United States' most critical broadband needs. Broadband, especially mobile broadband, will continue to play a central role in job creation and economic growth in the United States.

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