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March 5, 2009

ST-Ericsson and Nokia Announce Cooperation to Provide Next-Generation Smartphone Platform for Symbian Foundation

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ST-Ericsson and Nokia Announce Cooperation to Provide Next-Generation Smartphone Platform for Symbian Foundation

Geneva, SWITZERLAND, February 17, 2009 – Nokia and ST-Ericsson announced they are cooperating to provide the Symbian Foundation with a reference platform based on ST-Ericsson’s U8500 single chip. The chip, which combines ST-Ericsson’s well-proven application processor and state-of-the-art HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) Release 7 modem, will enable the wide adoption, across the industry, of feature-rich, multimedia 3G Smartphones.

Demonstrating its emphasis on execution excellence, ST-Ericsson also confirmed that it had met its milestones, on time, and the Company is ready to provide first samples of the Smartphone platform by the end of the first quarter of 2009.

The U8500, which relies on the Nomadik application-processor technology, integrates the latest SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing) ARM dual-Cortex A9 CPU in a high-performance, low-power and cost-optimized platform supporting Symbian Foundation software. The chip is the first device enabling full High-Definition 1080 progressive-scan camcorder functions. With its combination of a dual-core SMP processor and its high-end 3-D graphics accelerator, the chip delivers a unique PC-like Web-browsing experience on next-generation Smartphones.

“We are confident the U8500 will fuel the growth of Web-enabled multimedia handheld devices and are excited to be working with Nokia and the Symbian Foundation to bring the most innovative products to market,” said Monica de Virgiliis, Vice President, Wireless Multimedia Group.

“I’m very pleased with ST-Ericsson’s execution on the U8500 platform and look forward to using the platform in our products and seeing it chosen by other Symbian Foundation partners,” said Peter Ropke, Sr. Vice President R&D Nokia Devices.

About ST-Ericsson
ST-Ericsson is a world leader in developing and delivering a complete portfolio of innovative mobile platforms and cutting-edge wireless semiconductor solutions across the broad spectrum of mobile technologies. The company is a leading supplier to the top handset manufacturers and ST-Ericsson’s products and technologies enable more than half of all phones in use today. The global company of 8,000 people generated pro-forma sales of about USD 3.6 billion in 2008. ST-Ericsson was established as a 50/50 joint venture by STMicroelectronics and Ericsson in February 2009, with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. More information on ST-Ericsson is available at www.stericsson.com.

ST-Ericsson Born as Wireless-Semiconductor Industry Leader

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ST-Ericsson Born as Wireless-Semiconductor Industry Leader

Innovation plays key role in 50/50 joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson

Geneva, SWITZERLAND, February 12, 2009 – The 50/50 joint venture that united the wireless semiconductor division of STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) and the mobile platform division of Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) will move forward as ST-Ericsson. This announcement follows the recent closing of the agreement announced in August 2008, between the parent companies, to merge Ericsson Mobile Platforms and ST-NXP Wireless. ST-Ericsson takes center-stage as a powerful new driving force in the wireless semiconductor industry; a key supplier to four of the top five handset manufacturers, with combined pro-forma revenues of about US$3.6bn in 2008, and a solid cash position of US$400mn.

“ST-Ericsson is born as a leader, drawing upon the strong heritage of some of the best wireless companies. Thanks to our cumulative experience, unique portfolio and long-standing relationships with the top handset manufacturers, ST-Ericsson has the four fundamental components necessary for success: a commitment to innovation, a complete portfolio of wireless solutions, a solid reputation as a reliable and trusted partner and an experienced management team focused on execution,” said Alain Dutheil, President and CEO of ST-Ericsson. “The strong backing of experienced parent companies, combined with the highly complementary and compatible cultures, gives ST-Ericsson an optimal starting point for quickly consolidating its position as a sustainable leader.”

Dutheil stressed the primary importance of technology innovation to the new company. “We have the scale to invest and bring to market the technologies that will give our customers the momentum to succeed,” he added. “We will build on a well-established tradition of technology and innovation leadership to create a well focused R&D powerhouse.”

One of the most comprehensive IP portfolios in the industry reflects ST-Ericsson’s unrivalled R&D lineage. With almost 85 percent of its workforce in R&D and a large collection of important patents to its credit, ST-Ericsson will enable its customers to optimize existing technologies, while developing new ones for the future needs of the market. This commitment to R&D provides faster time-to-market and better return on investment for the Company’s customers.

ST-Ericsson is unique in its ability to deliver state-of-the-art mobile multimedia, connectivity and platform solutions including reference designs for GSM, EDGE, WCDMA, HSPA, as well as TD-SCDMA and LTE. The Company’s multimedia and application processors, supporting all major operating systems (OS), will power next-generation devices. Its industry-leading connectivity and broadcast solutions span Bluetooth, FM, GPS, WLAN, Near Field Communications and USB to provide the richest wireless experience. ST-Ericsson’s world-class solutions cover all market segments, from entry level to smartphone, and can be delivered as completely integrated solutions, as well as individual components.

ST-Ericsson has long-standing relationships with all major handset manufacturers and is a leading supplier to Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG and Sharp, as well as to other exciting industry leaders.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Company also revealed details of its management team, drawing on a pool of executive talent with substantial and varied industry experience. Joining President and Chief Executive Officer Alain Dutheil are:

Robert Puskaric, Deputy CEO, Executive Vice President
Tommi Uhari, Senior Vice President, Products
Abhijit Bhattacharya, Vice President, Operations and Quality
Marc Cetto, Vice President, 2G and Connectivity
Jean-Louis Champseix, Vice President, Human Resources
Monica De Virgiliis, Vice President, Wireless Multimedia
Jörgen Lantto, Vice President, Mobile Platforms and CTO
Claudia Levo, Vice President, Global Communications
Timothy Lucie-Smith, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Thierry Tingaud, Vice President, Strategic Planning
Lotta Westerlund, Vice President, Legal Affairs
Pascal Langlois, Vice President, Sales, reporting to Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, R. Puskaric

In addition to its name, ST-Ericsson today also disclosed its logo and brand, which capitalizes on its strong roots, while retaining the rich wireless heritage of both parent companies. At the same time, the new visual expression of the brand differentiates the new company and emphasizes the independent identity of this new driving force in the wireless semiconductor industry. The result is a vibrant new wireless brand built on a solid industry foundation.

Created as a fabless company, ST-Ericsson will utilize the leading-edge wafer-processing capabilities of STMicroelectronics as well as other third-party foundries. It also has full access to world-class assembly and test facilities operated by STMicroelectronics. ST-Ericsson’s operations are spread around the world, with main centers in China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, the UK and the USA.

Notes to editors
A downloadable version of the logo is available at www.ericsson.com/ericsson/press/photos/ericsson_st.shtml and at http://www.st.com/stonline/company/st_ericsson_logo.zip

Ericsson and STMicroelectronics Complete Deal to Create World Leader in Semiconductors and Platforms for Mobile Applications

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Ericsson and STMicroelectronics Complete Deal to Create World Leader in Semiconductors and Platforms for Mobile Applications
February 03, 2009

Ericsson and STMicroelectronics Complete Deal to Create World Leader in Semiconductors and Platforms for Mobile Applications

Geneva, Switzerland and Stockholm, Sweden – February 3, 2009 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) today announced the closing of their agreement merging Ericsson Mobile Platforms and ST-NXP Wireless into a 50/50 joint venture. The deal was completed on the terms originally announced on August 20, 2008.

The new company is designed for long-term stability and is set to become an industry leader in product research, as well as design, development, and the creation of cutting-edge mobile platforms and wireless semiconductors. The JV begins as a major supplier to four of the industry’s top five handset manufacturers, who together represent about 80 percent of global handset shipments, as well as to other exciting industry leaders.
Ericsson contributed USD 1.1 billion net to the joint venture, out of which USD 0.7 billion was paid to ST. Prior to the closing of the transaction, ST exercised its option to buyout NXP’s 20 percent ownership stake of ST-NXP Wireless.

Alain Dutheil, presently CEO of ST-NXP Wireless and Chief Operating Officer of STMicroelectronics, will lead the joint venture as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Governance is balanced. Each parent appoints four directors to the board with Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO of Ericsson, as the Chairman of the Board and Carlo Bozotti, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics, as the Vice Chairman.

Employing about 8000 people - roughly 3000 from Ericsson and approximately 5000 from ST - the new global leader in wireless technologies is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

The new company will meet its customers at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from Feb 16th to Feb 19th.

Notes to editors:
Announcement on August 20, 2008:
http://www.ericsson.com/press/releases/20080820-1244729.shtml

Multimedia content from the press conference on August 20 is available at the broadcast room: http://www.ericsson.com/broadcast_room

Photos are available at
http://www.ericsson.com/ericsson/press/photos/ericsson_st.shtml

Carl-Henric Svanberg’s bio and photos are available at http://www.ericsson.com/ericsson/corpinfo/management/carl-henric_svanberg.shtml

Carlo Bozotti’s bio and photo is available at
http://www.st.com/stonline/company/bio/bozotti.htm

About Ericsson
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 250 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 billion (SEK 209 billion) in 2008. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and NASDAQ

For more information, visit www.ericsson.com or www.ericsson.mobi.

About STMicroelectronics
STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products play a key role in enabling today’s convergence markets. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, on Euronext Paris and on the Milan Stock Exchange. In 2008, the Company’s net revenues were $9.84 billion. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.

Ericsson and STMicroelectronics to Create World Leader in Semiconductors and Platforms for Mobile Applications

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Ericsson and STMicroelectronics to Create World Leader in Semiconductors and Platforms for Mobile Applications
August 20, 2008

Ericsson and STMicroelectronics to Create World Leader in Semiconductors and Platforms for Mobile Applications

Geneva and Stockholm, August 20, 2008 — STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) today announced an agreement to merge Ericsson Mobile Platforms and ST-NXP Wireless into a joint venture. The 50/50 joint venture will have the industry’s strongest product offering in semiconductors and platforms for mobile applications and will be an important supplier to Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG and Sharp. The fabless joint venture will employ almost 8,000 people with pro-forma 2007 sales of USD 3.6B. ST is expected to exercise its option to buy NXP’s 20 percent of ST-NXP Wireless before the closing of this transaction.

In the joint venture, ST contributes its industry-leading multimedia and connectivity solutions as well as a complete world-class 2G/EDGE platform and strong 3G offering, including customer relationships with Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson. Ericsson contributes its industry-leading 3G and LTE platform technology as well as customer relationships with Sony Ericsson, LG and Sharp. The joint venture, staffed by proven professionals across all functional areas, is designed for long-term stability in its original structure, and is set to become an industry leader in product research, as well as design, development, and the creation of cutting-edge mobile platforms and wireless semiconductors.

In a business where scale matters, the complementary product portfolios contributed by the parent companies will deliver significant scale and synergies by leveraging and expanding the existing strategic cooperation between Ericsson Mobile Platforms and ST-NXP Wireless.

“By combining the complementary strengths and product offerings of Ericsson and ST in platforms and semiconductors the joint venture is well positioned to become a world leader,” said Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO of Ericsson. “The industry continues to develop at a swift pace and customers see benefits from our broad offering. This partnership is a perfect fit and secures a complete offering, as well as the necessary scale for technology leadership.”

“ST is taking another bold step. By combining two industry-leading operations, we will create a world leader in mobile platforms and semiconductor solutions with even stronger capabilities to create customer value and continue to deliver rapid innovation,” said Carlo Bozotti, President and CEO of ST . “In April, we announced a plan to join wireless resources with NXP to strengthen our wireless business and enhance our leadership position in a sector which we have targeted for strong organic and external growth and substantial expansion of financial returns. Now, we’ve expanded our ambitions and will be even better positioned to meet our opportunities.”

Frans van Houten, CEO of NXP, said: “We understand the desire of ST to call our 20 percent stake in order to expand the ST-NXP Wireless joint venture with Ericsson. We support this next step that Ericsson and ST are taking to create the global leader in wireless semiconductors. To help ensure the success of the joint venture going forward all NXP’s supply and support agreements will continue as planned. The additional proceeds of the 20 percent stake will enable NXP to further build leadership positions through innovation and investment in NXP’s core businesses.”

The joint venture’s top-tier and broad customer base will also benefit from a tighter relationship that follows from the success of the existing cooperation between ST and Ericsson. The businesses being combined are major suppliers to four of the industry’s top five handset manufacturers, who together represent almost 80 percent of handset shipments, as well as to other exciting industry leaders.

The joint venture will rely on its complete platform offering, which will include modems, multimedia and connectivity solutions for 2G/EDGE, 3G, HSPA and LTE technologies. It will also include all appropriate hardware, software and support to enable handset manufacturers to develop mass-market products. Ericsson Mobile Platforms has state-of-the-art mobile modem design and mobile terminal architecture expertise and ST-NXP Wireless brings vast experience in wireless semiconductor development, including an industry-leading ASIC, ASSP, Application Processor and connectivity portfolio and hardware assembly and testing.

The business in the 50/50 joint venture will be led by a development and marketing company with approximately 7,000 people employed. This company will be consolidated by ST and Ericsson will account for it using the equity method. A separate platform design company, with approximately 1,000 people employed, will provide platform designs to the development and marketing company. Ericsson will consolidate this company and ST will account for it using the equity method. Of the almost 8,000 people employed, almost 5,000 will be from ST-NXP Wireless and roughly 3,000 will be from Ericsson Mobile Platforms. The new company will be fabless and will use silicon technologies and manufacturing capabilities from ST and other external providers.

The joint venture will be headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and governance will be balanced. Each parent will appoint four directors to the board and Ericsson will designate Carl-Henric Svanberg as the Chairman of the Board while ST will appoint Carlo Bozotti as the Vice Chairman. In addition, ST will designate the Chief Executive Officer and Ericsson will appoint the Executive Vice President to the company. An integration management team, led by Alain Dutheil, has already been selected.

The joint venture will acquire relevant assets from the parent companies. After these acquisitions the joint venture will have a cash position of about USD 0.4B. Ericsson will contribute USD 1.1B net to the joint venture, out of which USD 0.7B will be paid by the joint venture to ST. The joint venture is subject to ordinary regulatory approvals.

As ST-NXP Wireless was launched as an 80-20 venture between STMicroelectronics and NXP, ST will acquire the remaining shares under the terms already agreed with NXP. The value of the 20 percent stake will be a function of the last twelve months (LTM) performance of the ST-NXP Wireless joint venture at the exercise of the call, which is expected to take place before the closing of the transaction between ST and Ericsson.

On September 1, 2001, Ericsson formed Ericsson Mobile Platforms to offer 2.5G and 3G platforms to manufacturers of mobile phones and other wireless devices, based on Ericsson’s global standardization leadership and the world’s strongest intellectual property rights portfolio for 2.5G and 3G mobile phone systems. The rationale for the new company was the transformation of the handset industry where few companies would be able to deliver chip-sets, but many to deliver handsets. Ericsson Mobile Platforms is the supplier of 3G and HSPA platforms to Sony Ericsson, LG and Sharp. The unit is headquartered in Lund, Sweden and is a part of Business Unit Multimedia within the Ericsson Group.

ST-NXP Wireless began operations on August 2 and the new entity is a global provider of platform solutions and ICs for wireless communications, offering leading-edge capabilities in 2G, 2.5G (GPRS), 2.75G (EDGE), 3G, LTE, multimedia, and connectivity. Nearly three-quarters of the company’s sales are in product categories in which ST-NXP Wireless is the market leader and its strong position in TD-SCDMA established the new company with a solid foundation in the rapidly growing China market. The joint venture has been created from successful businesses that generated USD 3B in revenue in 2007 and which has produced thousands of important communication and multimedia patents.

SEB Enskilda is acting as Ericsson’s sole financial advisor in the transaction while Morgan Stanley and UBS are acting as financial advisors, respectively, to ST and its Supervisory Board.

Notes to editors:
Carlo Bozotti, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics and Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO of Ericsson, will hold a joint conference for media and analysts in London at 12.00 noon UK time, 1.00 pm CET, to comment on today’s announcement. The press conference will be webcast and available at www.ericsson.com/press and on ST’s website at http://investors.st.com .

An analysts, investors and media conference call will begin at 3.00pm UK time, 4.00 pm CET.

Photos will be available during the day at
http://www.ericsson.com/ericsson/press/photos/index.shtml
and at
http://www.st.com/stonline/company/photos.zip

Carl-Henric Svanberg’s bio and photos are available at
http://www.ericsson.com/ericsson/corpinfo/management/carl-henric_svanberg.shtml

Carlo Bozotti’s bio and photo is available at
http://www.st.com/stonline/company/bio/bozotti.htm

Ericsson’s standard multimedia content is available at the broadcast room: http://www.ericsson.com/broadcast_room

About Ericsson
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 OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and NASDAQ.

For more information, visit www.ericsson.com or www.ericsson.mobi .

About STMicroelectronics
STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products play a key role in enabling today’s convergence markets. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, on Euronext Paris and on the Milan Stock Exchange. In 2007, the Company’s net revenues were $10 billion. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com

Telkomsel and Ericsson sign three-year contract for 2G and 3G mobile networks in Indonesia

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Telkomsel and Ericsson sign three-year contract for 2G and 3G mobile networks in Indonesia

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has signed a three-year frame agreement with Indonesia’s leading mobile operator, Telekomunikasi Selular Indonesia (Telkomsel), to supply, deploy and integrate GSM/EDGE and WCDMA/HSPA radio access networks (RAN) in Indonesia.

With a population of about 240 million people, Indonesia still has a lot of untapped potential as well as a growing demand for mobile voice and data services. With Ericsson’s leading mobile technology, Telkomsel will expand existing network coverage, boost capacity and improve performance, bringing a superior voice and data experience to consumers. This contract extends the existing business partnerships between the two companies and the rollout begins this month.

Sarwoto Atmosutarno, CEO of Telkomsel, says: “Providing the best services for our subscribers is incredibly important for maintaining our leading position in the competitive Indonesian market. We are confident that, through our continued partnership with Ericsson, we can provide excellent quality voice and data as we expand our network to even more regions of the country.”

Bengt Thornberg, President of Ericsson Indonesia, says: “Ericsson shares Telkomsel’s vision of bringing high-quality mobile services to an increasing number of residents in Indonesia and will continue to support Telkomsel with the best technology and a strong services capacity. This three-year contract further strengthens Ericsson’s position as the leading mobile supplier in Indonesia.”

Ericsson has been a key supplier to Telkomsel since 1995 and was recently selected to supply Telkomsel’s combined (2G and 3G) circuit core network using mobile softswitch technology.

Notes to editors:
Ericsson’s standard multimedia content is available at the broadcast room: www.ericsson.com/broadcast_room

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 250 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 billion (SEK 209 billion) in 2008. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and NASDAQ

For more information, visit www.ericsson.com or www.ericsson.mobi.

Ericsson and BSNL in India’s biggest roll-out of 3G to boost mobile broadband

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Ericsson and BSNL in India’s biggest roll-out of 3G to boost mobile broadband

February 27, 2009, 11:30 (CET)

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) is using its WCDMA/HSPA technology to help BSNL, India’s second largest telecom operator, achieve India’s biggest simultaneous launch of 3G services to date, across 11 leading cities. The commercial launch of much awaited 3G services in India will allow consumers to experience enriched communications including rich voice, video and data services.

The successful launch of 3G services in India’s across multiple cities in Northern and Eastern parts of India brings 3G access to more than 15 million people and will help in driving quicker uptake of 3G services to a wide customer base.

As part of its roll-out strategy, BSNL plans to launch 3G services using WCDMA/HSPA technology across more than 700 cities in the first phase. Ericsson is BSNL’s strategic partner for 3G roll-out in over 400 of these cities.

Speaking on the launch occasion, Kuldeep Goyal, Chairman and Managing Director of BSNL, says: “Today is a significant day for BSNL. The commercial launch of 3G services represents a major milestone in our journey of realizing 3G services for the country and our customers. Ericsson’s leading position and professional services capabilities have allowed us to make available a range of premium services, including rich voice, data and video services in record time.

“The widespread roll-out of 3G network will also help in propelling telecom and broadband growth in India and will help us meet India’s target of 20 million broadband subscribers by 2010.”

Gowton Achaibar, President, Ericsson India and Sri Lanka, says: “Ericsson is proud to partner with BSNL in the roll-out of 3G services in India. This not only helps us in bridging the urban-rural digital divide, but is also a step forward in actualizing our vision of driving communications for all. Innovative services such as mobile health, m-learning and m-governance that are eventually offered to masses, using HSPA technology, shall ultimately drive socio-economic development in the country.”

Today’s launch will bring high quality voice services along with high speed data and video services with speeds of up to 2 Mbps. While certain applications such as video telephony, mobile broadband, mobile TV and video on demand are being offered with immediate effect, others such as music downloads, video tones, instant messaging, on line gaming, bill payment, and so on will be offered by BSNL in the future.

The mammoth roll-out will also strengthen BSNL’s position as a leading player with a broad offering including Wireline, GSM Mobile, CDMA mobile, Internet, Broadband, Carrier service, MPLS-VPN, VSAT, VoIP services, IN Services to Indian consumers.

This roll-out is part of the contract announced by the companies September 7, 2007.

Notes to editors:

Ericsson to upgrade and expand BSNL’s mobile network in India - Sept 7, 2007
www.ericsson.com/press/releases/20070907-1152112.shtml

Press backgrounder - HSPA and LTE
www.ericsson.com/press/facts_figures/doc/hspa_lte.pdf

About mobile broadband
www.ericsson.com/campaign/mobile_broadband/index.html

Ericsson’s standard multimedia content is available at the broadcast room:
www.ericsson.com/broadcast_room

Ericsson’s 3G reference list:
www.ericsson.com/press/facts_figures/3g_reference.shtml

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 250 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 billion (SEK 209 billion) in 2008. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and NASDAQ

For more information, visit www.ericsson.com or www.ericsson.mobi

Ericsson and Orange bring sustainable and affordable connectivity to rural Africa

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Ericsson and Orange bring sustainable and affordable connectivity to rural Africa

February 18, 2009, 13:00 (CET)

Orange Guinea Conakry and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) are deploying more than 100 base stations fully powered by solar energy, connecting remote parts of rural Africa. Using Ericsson’s energy-efficient base stations, a hybrid diesel-battery solution and solar panels, Orange is increasing mobile coverage in rural and urban areas, while taking concrete steps towards its target of reducing CO2 emissions by 20 percent by 2020. This enables remote areas without an established power grid to get access mobile communications.

Alassane Diene, CEO of Orange-Guinea Conakry, says: “We are reducing our energy bill. These base stations are also easier to install and require less maintenance than the traditional site. They also offer greater reliability and therefore considerably improved quality of service.”

Jan Embro, President of Ericsson for sub-Saharan Africa, says: “It is extremely exciting to be able to run sites on alternative energy sources. Limiting dependency on fossil fuels brings many advantages, but the greatest is the ability to offer sustainable connectivity to low-income users in remote areas across Africa.”

Ericsson’s hybrid diesel-battery energy solution replaces one of a site’s diesel generators with a bank of specially designed batteries that can handle a large amount of charging and discharging. This self-contained power solution can be set to meet the batteries’ optimal charging and discharging levels, extending the lifetime of the battery and the generator, and reducing energy-related costs by about 50 percent.

The Ericsson BTS 2111 radio base station is a main-remote solution without any active moving parts such as cooling fans. It reduces energy consumption up to 50 percent, allowing the site to be fully powered by solar energy, supported by a battery bank for 24/7 operation.

This rollout program supports the sustainability initiatives of both Ericsson and Orange, focusing on reducing the carbon footprint while making communication more affordable and accessible. Orange Group intends to have more than 1000 wholly solar-powered base stations in its African operations by the end of 2009.

Ericsson was first to deploy solar power in telecom, back in 2000. As radio technology becomes more energy-efficient, solar solutions have become increasingly economically viable. Reaching the next billion subscribers means expanding to rural off-grid areas. Ericsson sees attractive business cases for using renewable solutions all around the world.

Notes to the editor:

Visit Ericsson in Halls 6 and 8 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to learn more about its sustainable energy solutions and how telecom can contribute to social and economic development as well as the creation of a more carbon-lean economy.

Photos: www.ericsson.com/press/photos/alternative_energy.shtml

Background material on Ericsson’s energy-efficient solutions:
www.ericsson.com/press/facts_figures/doc/energy_efficiency.pdf

Ericsson’s multimedia content is available in the Corporate Responsibility area of the broadcast room: www.ericsson.com/broadcast_room

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 250 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 billion (SEK 209 billion) in 2008. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and NASDAQ

For more information, visit www.ericsson.com or www.ericsson.mobi.

Ericsson to deploy 28 Mbps mobile broadband speeds in Telecom Italia’s network

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Ericsson to deploy 28 Mbps mobile broadband speeds in Telecom Italia’s network

February 18, 2009, 08:30 (CET)

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Telecom Italia initiate deployment of mobile network technology of 28 Mbps speeds in early 2009. The deployment will include MIMO technology. Milan will be the first town to become the Italian ‘ultra-broadband city’, enjoying speeds up to 28 Mbps in download and 5.8 Mbps in upload.

Telecom Italia will be first in Italy to deploy live mobile broadband speeds of 28 Mbps with Ericsson’s mobile network technology. Tests in Telecom Italia’s mobile network will start early 2009 and initial deployment is planned in the city of Milan in June 2009. National coverage will follow in the second half of 2009.

The deployment will include Multiple Input and Multiple Output (MIMO), a technology that uses two or more antenna branches to transmit data to a consumer. This makes it possible to provide higher data rates to each user and improve the spectrum efficiency in the radio network. With this technology, Telecom Italia will be able to offer a faster mobile broadband experience to consumers while continuously optimizing its operational costs.

Ericsson is leading the development of High Speed Packet Access (HSPA), a standardized evolution of Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA), the world’s leading third generation mobile standard. HSPA offers users superior broadband speeds from their notebooks and other devices anywhere there is coverage. HSPA is already a global success and a burgeoning ecosystem of mobile broadband devices and services has emerged around the technology, including phones, notebooks, PC modems and wireless routers.

With HSPA technology bringing up to 28 Mbps in downlink and up to 5.8 Mbps in the uplink, the user experience of mobile broadband services such as video conferencing, uploading user-generated content and sending e-mail with attachments will improve even further.

Actual customer download speeds can be less and will vary due to congestion, distance from the cell, local conditions, hardware, software and other factors.

Notes to editors:
Ericsson’s standard multimedia content is available at the broadcast room:
www.ericsson.com/broadcast_room

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 250 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 billion (SEK 209 billion) in 2008. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and NASDAQ

For more information, visit www.ericsson.com or www.ericsson.mobi.

Ericsson showcase world’s best voice quality for mobile networks

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Ericsson showcase world’s best voice quality for mobile networks

February 17, 2009, 15:15 (CET)

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has introduced AMR Wideband, the latest technology for high-quality voice calls, in mobile networks and is demonstrating it at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The technology can be implemented in both GSM and WCDMA/HSPA networks, and provides hi-fi quality, crystal-clear sounds on mobiles that support the feature.

AMR (Adaptive Multi Rate) Wideband is a GSM/WCDMA standardized speech technology that enhances voice quality and clarity in mobile networks to noticeably higher levels than today’s mobile and fixed telephony networks, even in whispered conversations or environments with high background noise. The new speech-compression algorithm doubles voice bandwidth without extra radio and transmission requirements.

Results from consumer trials show that consumers appreciate the higher voice quality and make more and longer calls. The higher voice quality is ideal for telephone meetings and can contribute to a reduction of business traveling which will improve productivity and lower environmental impact.

“We are ready to roll-out this impressive voice quality feature in all Ericsson-supplied GSM and WCDMA/HSPA networks in the world,” says Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio, Ericsson. “This is the starting point of a voice quality revolution that will change telephony as we know it today”.

Ericsson performs demonstrations of the AMR Wideband technology during the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Spain.

Notes to editors:
Ericsson’s standard multimedia content is available at the broadcast room:
www.ericsson.com/broadcast_room

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 250 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 billion (SEK 209 billion) in 2008. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and NASDAQ

For more information, visit www.ericsson.com or www.ericsson.mobi.

Economic growth to come from telecoms investments, says Ericsson CEO, Carl-Henric Svanberg

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Economic growth to come from telecoms investments, says Ericsson CEO, Carl-Henric Svanberg

February 16, 2009, 09:30 (CET)

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) President and CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg said today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that 2008 was a year of establishing mobile broadband, and that investments in telecom infrastructure can drive growth across societies.

“Ericsson stood strong during 2008 with a year-over-year sales growth of 11% and a strong financial position. Our view of 2009 is unchanged and as we said in our year-end report, it remains difficult to more precisely predict to what extent consumer telecom spending will be affected and how operators will act. Last year, our infrastructure business was hardly impacted at all, but it would be unreasonable to think that that would be the case also throughout 2009,” says Svanberg.

On stage with Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to UN Secretary General, and Dr. Saad Hamad Al-Barrak, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director (CEO) of the Zain Group, Svanberg said: “Communications plays a critical role in the development of a sustainable and prosperous society. Mobile phones have had a profound impact on peoples’ lives all over the world. The mobile industry is now on the verge of another significant wave of investment, which will bring affordable mobile broadband services to all.”

“In emerging markets, ICT can drive economic development and environmental sustainability,” said Svanberg. But development is only part of the picture. Svanberg stresses that the business of telecommunications can also play a key role in the current economic climate.

“Investing in mobile broadband infrastructure can contribute to speeding recovery in the global recession. According to the US House of Representatives, such investments can have a direct impact on GDP and they say that for every USD investment in broadband, the economy sees a tenfold return. Today, mobile communication is as essential to any nation’s infrastructure as water, transportation or electricity”.

Svanberg also said that the move toward all-IP networks creates new opportunities and challenges: “Consumers more and more start to demand access to any service, to any screen and anywhere and naturally this put demands on the operators’ networks.”

In the press conference Johan Wibergh, head of business unit Networks said: “Operators are seeking to introduce new services whilst at the same time reduce their cost structure by introducing IP technology and transform their business and networks. With our technology leadership and leading change program management capabilities, Ericsson stands out as the strong transformation partner to operators.”

Svanberg concluded: “Despite the current macro-economic environment, the fundamentals of our industry are sound and the underlying demand drivers remain intact; the operators are generally in good shape and the networks are fairly loaded. As we move further into a financially turbulent 2009 our focus will be to manage our company for value creation. In this market environment there will be opportunities to strengthen our position and I am convinced that we are uniquely positioned to capture them.”

Notes to editors:
Ericsson’s standard multimedia content is available at the broadcast room:
www.ericsson.com/broadcast_room

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 250 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 billion (SEK 209 billion) in 2008. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and NASDAQ

For more information, visit www.ericsson.com or www.ericsson.mobi.

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