As a leader of advanced mobile messaging solutions, Ericsson is announcing both the availability and the first commercial deployment of its new Instant Messaging and Presence Services Solution (IMPS 2.0), based on the open standards of Wireless Village. This solution enables users to view other users' presence, send and receive Instant Messages and join community chats on their mobile handset. Ericsson's ongoing support of Wireless Village standardization work and delivery of IMPS 2.0 server and client products is further proof of Ericsson's commitment to open standards in the telecommunications industry.

By deploying Ericsson's IMPS solution based on open standards, mobile operators can resolve the interoperability issue of today's proprietary instant messaging systems. Ericsson IMPS allows mobile operators to offer advanced Instant Messaging and Presence Services across handsets, mobile devices and desktop clients - independently of device manufacturer.

"Current Instant Messaging services are primarily based on desktop users and incorporate non-interoperable, proprietary protocols," says Jan Lindgren, Vice President, Mobile Internet Solutions, Ericsson. "Ericsson's IMPS bridges the gap between mobile and fixed communities by ensuring messaging interoperability between Instant Messaging services, operators and different device types."

Ericsson has already seen strong operator demand for advanced messaging and presence enabled services. Ericsson has been chosen to commercially deploy its end-to-end IMPS 2.0 solution by a European 2/2.5/3G operator. The IMPS service includes advanced handsets with both downloadable and embedded clients for improved user experience.

"Our commitment to IMPS solutions further strengthens our leadership position in multimedia messaging, where Ericsson is the clear leader with more than 30 commercial agreements and more than 90 MMS trials at operators' sites worldwide," says Mr. Lindgren. "Integration of IMPS and MMS is an important part of Ericsson's messaging strategy."