Ericsson named ‘best corporate citizen’ for Connect To Learn initiative

Recognized for leading efforts to connect youth in the unconnected world via mobile broadband and cloud solutions. Presented as part of annual The New Economy awards program, which recognizes companies empowering the sustainable global economy.

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) today announced that it has been recognized as “Best Corporate Citizen” in the technology, media and telecoms category in The New Economy Magazine’s annual awards program. The awards, which were announced in a special issue of the magazine, recognize the companies committed to the future growth of a more inclusive, empowering and sustainable global economy. Ericsson has been honored for its work leading Connect To Learn, a powerful alliance that uses Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to provide global access to primary and secondary education resources.

Ericsson is the lead technology partner in Connect To Learn, an initiative in collaboration with Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Millennium Promise, with a specific focus on increasing young girls’ access to quality education. Connect To Learn connects youth in the unconnected world via Ericsson mobile broadband and cloud solutions. As a result, over 40,000 students from South America to Africa to Asia are able to access quality education resources. This means life-changing technology transformation that enables children in remote villages to virtually walk into a classroom and connect to people and information around the world. This opens the door to a whole new world of knowledge and possibility.

“Education is essential to reducing poverty, and as a global technology provider, we are committed to extending our expertise in ways that benefit the underprivileged and unconnected,” said Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson. “The latest communication technology has unprecedented capability to achieve global scale, and Ericsson is uniquely positioned to lead the most advanced efforts in this space, driving toward connectivity for all.”

As of December 2014, over 40,000 students have received access to quality educational resources enabled by the cloud-based ICT solution deployed by Connect To Learn in their schools. These students attend secondary schools in Millennium Villages in Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, Malawi and Rwanda. Connect To Learn has also been deployed in schools in Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Djibouti, India, China, Bhutan, Chile and Brazil. During the first half of 2015, among other deployments, Ericsson plans to deploy its newest wave of ICT solutions in 17 schools in Myanmar, serving over 10,000 additional students.

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