Five-year contract to manage field operations for Mobiltel Bulgaria & Si.mobil Slovenia. Contract extends Ericsson Managed Services footprint in Europe.

Telekom Austria Group, a leading provider of mobile communication services in Central and Eastern Europe, has selected Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) as exclusive partner to manage the field operations of mobile access and transmission networks, including facilities and infrastructure of Base Station and Core Network Sites, in Bulgaria & Slovenia.

As part of the five year agreement, about 70 employees working in Mobiltel Bulgaria and Si.mobil Slovenia will join Ericsson as of April 2012.

Ericsson will take responsibility for the operations, ensuring that the networks are run with the highest quality and securing a smooth transition for the staff into Ericsson. Currently, Ericsson employs 56,000 services professionals.

Emil Nilsson, Head of Customer Unit Central Europe, Ericsson, says: “These are the first managed services in Bulgaria and Slovenia for Ericsson and they extend our footprint in Europe. With the Ericsson’s expertise, know-how and resources on the ground, we will add real value to Telekom Austria Group operations. We are honored to have new colleagues joining us from Mobiltel Bulgaria and Si.mobil Slovenia. Their skills and competences will be valued and they will be working within one of the fastest growing business areas in Ericsson”

Ericsson manages networks with more than 900 million subscribers and has invested more than USD 1 billion in tools, methods and processes in order to help its customers increase efficiency while providing the best possible user experience.