Baltic mobile operator, BITE Group, has signed a contract with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERICY) for the supply of 2G and 3G mobile systems infrastructure in Lithuania and Latvia until 2008.

The contract extends the existing business partnership between Ericsson and BITE Group companies for GSM and EDGE in Lithuania to Latvia and WCDMA.


Jesper Theill Eriksen, CEO, BITE Group, said, "We are very satisfied with Ericsson's performance and happy to select them as a technology partner for future mobile services. On the basis of Ericsson's leading solutions, we look forward to offering modern and cost efficient mobile data and voice services for consumers and enterprises in Lithuania and Latvia."


Stefan Johansson, President for Ericsson Lithuania and Latvia, said, "We are proud of the trust and long-lasting relations we have built with BITE Group companies and are thrilled to take our partnership to the next level with 3G. It will be an exciting challenge for us to support BITE as they will bring advanced mobile services to Lithuania and Latvia."


Ericsson and BITE Group have built up a strong partnership over the last decade. Ericsson has previously been selected by Bité as sole supplier of a GSM Core and Radio Network (1995) and an EDGE network (2003), the first commercial EDGE network in Europe.


Ericsson is the world's leading 3G supplier, with a 35 percent market share for the GSM family, including WCDMA.
 
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About BITE Group
BITE Group consists of the companies "BITE Lietuva" and "BITE Latvija". The international telecommunications company "BITE Lietuva" in Lithuania is the full-scale mobile operator providing mobile communications services as well as data and Internet solutions for the business market. BITE in Lithuania is the number one in serving the customers, as it delivers easy-to-understand and easy-to-use communication services. BITE has signed the Partner Network agreement with Vodafone, the world's largest mobile community, in June 2003. 


With the number of customers on "BITE Lietuva" network exceeding 1,42 million, the company owns 25 percent of Lithuania's mobile market according to the revenue. 


The company won the auction for the third WCDMA/GSM mobile license in Latvia on March 31, 2005 and has been providing its services to customers in Latvia since September 15.