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Ericsson teams with SonyEricsson to demonstrate leading edge Mobile Instant Messaging solution

Press release
Feb 13, 2002 11:00 (GMT +00:00)

Today Ericsson successfully demonstrated a complete end-to-end Instant
Messaging solution using an application built into a SonyEricsson handset.
Ericsson's Instant Messaging and Presence Server (IMPS) will allow users to
view presence information, share content, send instant messages and join in
community chats on their mobile devices - regardless of manufacturer.

London, UK, February 12-13, 2002 - Ericsson passed an important Wireless
Village milestone by successfully demonstrating interoperability of its
forthcoming Instant Messaging and Presence Server (IMPS) together with
handsets from SonyEricsson, Motorola and Nokia. The demonstration offers a
preview into the future of mobile Instant Messaging solutions and solves the
problem of universal interoperability between different instant messaging and
presence services.

Ericsson's Instant Messaging and Presence Server (IMPS) is built upon the
Wireless Village version 1.0 specifications and will provide network operators
with an advanced personal communication tool for users that can deploy to 2G,
2.5G and 3G networks worldwide. The new instant messaging solution, which also
works with legacy handsets, is to be announced by Ericsson in the upcoming months.

"Ericsson will continue to be a leader in supporting the open standards of the
Wireless Village initiative and be at the forefront in developing the next
generation of messaging applications," says Jan Lindgren, Vice President
Ericsson Internet Applications.

Interoperability will be possible via mobile handsets, mobile computing
devices, and desktop applications through various transport bearers including
SMS, WAP over GPRS, and multimedia messaging (MMS).

"Applications based upon Wireless Village are important for SonyEricsson,
which will enable new services to be delivered to our customers. Wireless
Village integrates with MMS, a strategic messaging application for both
Ericsson and SonyEricsson customers", says Jan Svensson, Vice President,
SonyEricsson Mobile.

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.


Caroline Ohlson, Ericsson Corporate Communications
Phone: + 46 8 719 56 60

About Wireless Village

Founded by Ericsson, Motorola, and Nokia, Wireless Village, the Mobile Instant
Messaging and Presence Services (IMPS) Initiative, was formed in April 2001 to
define and promote a set of universal specifications for mobile instant
messaging and presence services. The specifications will be used for
exchanging messages and presence information between mobile devices, mobile
services and Internet-based instant messaging services, all interoperable and
leveraging existing web technologies.