Ericsson and Tele2 sign ENGINE contract for fixed telephony net

Press release
Feb 04, 2002 11:00 (GMT +00:00)
Tele2, that operates and develops one of Norway's largest networks for
telephony and Internet, has signed an agreement with Ericsson for the
migration of Tele2's fixed network. This will enable Tele2 to establish a
future proof, voice/data network enabling new introduction of services. The
Implementation started in early January.

With this deal, Ericsson and Tele 2 are paving the way for ENGINE to migrate
Tele2's existing network from a proprietary circuit-switched to an open,
layered packet-based network. Ericsson will supply new hardware and software
for the fixed network.

The ENGINE network will first be rolled out in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and
Bodø. Tele 2 is the second largest operator of telephony and internet services
in Norway.

"The ENGINE concept will enable Tele2 to make substantial cost savings in the
core network", says Ole Martin Gunhildsbu, Technical Director of Tele2 Norway.
"We will in the near future also be able to integrate traditional fixed
telephony with IP based data network services in the same network. This will
open some new business opportunities, and at the same time it will further
strengthen Tele2s cost advantage in the Norwegian market."

With the new network Tele2 can start the migration from single service
networks to multi-service networks based on IP.

"This contract is yet another but very important confirmation of Ericsson's
leadership in the multi-service networks market," says Anders Rian, Sales
Manager at Ericsson AS. "The ENGINE solution represents a profitable option
for Tele2, rationalizing their fixed network and making full use of existing
infrastructure without compromising reliability, flexibility and security."

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications
through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions
in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful
communication companies in the world.



Stine Koppang, Mgr. Corporate and Market Communication, Ericsson AS
Phone: +4767250824/+4790505695

About Tele2

Tele2 operates in 22 countries, and is now the largest pan-European telecom
brand with more than 13 million customers. The Company is listed on
Stockholmsbörsen, under TEL2A and TEL2B, and on the Nasdaq Stock Market under
TLTOA and TLTOB. Tele2 Norge AS is the second largest telecom operator in Norway.


ENGINE is Ericsson's global multi-service network offering for operators of
fixed networks, designed for real-time services; a carrier-class network able
to carry large and growing volumes of IP-based traffic. The ENGINE concept
efficiently builds new and migrates operators' current circuit-switched
networks into a single next generation network, based on ATM and IP packet
switching technologies.

Ericsson's access portfolio comprises of end-to-end solutions and access
technologies like copper, fiber Ethernet and wireless technologies.

Until this date, Ericsson has received 72 commercial agreements for ENGINE type solutions.
To learn more about Ericsson's suite of multi-service network solutions,
ENGINE, please visit: