Five year agreement to manage Orange’s network in Switzerland. About 100 employees to join Ericsson in January, 2013. Extends Ericsson’s managed services footprint in Europe.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has entered into a managed services agreement with Orange in Switzerland. The five-year agreement covers all of Orange’s operations in Switzerland, including network management, field maintenance and spare parts management.

Johann Andsjö, CEO of Orange Switzerland, says: “We are delighted to have chosen Ericsson, the world leader in managed services to be our partner. As a result, we can continue moving ahead with our commitment to offering customers leading network quality.”

Anders Runevad, Head of Region Western and Central Europe at Ericsson, says: “We are pleased to announce this managed services agreement with Orange Switzerland. With this partnership, Orange secures network quality and frees up resources to focus even more on its core business – providing its end users with innovative services. We see great momentum for managed services and this agreement reinforces our leadership both in Europe and globally.”

By teaming up with Ericsson in managed services, operators can strengthen their competitive edge through improved network availability and capacity, while reducing their operating costs. This drives the market for mobile services and helps improve the quality of services and the end-user experience. Globally, Ericsson has signed more than 300 managed services contracts in more than 100 countries. Ericsson manages networks on behalf of operators that serve more than 950 million subscribers worldwide.

Notes to editors

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