The license agreement enables Microcell to develop mobile handsets based on Ericsson Mobile Platforms' solutions. A complete range of hardware and software platforms for triple-band GSM/GPRS, 2.5G/GPRS and EDGE mobile phone technologies are covered in the agreement.

The combined knowledge of Ericsson and Microcell strengthen the position for Ericsson Mobile Platforms as technology supplier and for Microcell as ODM (Original Design Manufacturer) supplier to the mobile phone market.

"We view this cooperation as an important step for us to keep a complete and state-of-the-art technology available for short product development cycle, which are one of our key elements in our competitive edge, " says Anders Torstensson CEO of Microcell. "Ericsson is the leading mobile phone technology provider and we have a strong trust in the platform solutions from Ericsson Mobile Platforms and we are very satisfied with this cooperation."

"We are confident that this cooperation will be of mutual benefit for both companies," says Tord Wingren, President of Ericsson Mobile Platforms. "We believe that Microcell's strength in product finalization will make them a good partner to bring our platform technology to the market."

The market is going through a paradigm shift from a few complete suppliers of mobile phones to a chain of specialized companies, similar to the PC industry. Ericsson holds the world's largest portfolio of 2.5G and 3G Intellectual Property Rights. Part of this portfolio is now offered to the market through Ericsson Mobile Platforms, positioning Ericsson as a leading supplier of the core handset technology.