Ericsson has strengthened its 3G position in Taiwan by winning a contract with WCDMA operator VIBO Telecom. Ericsson has been chosen to deliver a turnkey solution for VIBO's core network.

The agreement comprises a turnkey solution for core network equipment, both circuit-switching and packet-data, transport network and Systems Integrations, as well as a full portfolio of services such as training, network design, network rollout and technical support to support VIBO's planned 3G launch.

"Ericsson's successful global track record on 3G rollout and strong local support distinguished it from the competition," said David Wang, CEO of VIBO Telecom. We plan to roll out our 3G service in the fourth quarter of this year to enhance the customer experience with an innovative and user-friendly 3G multimedia lifestyle. We believe Ericsson can meet our ambitious plan."

"We are proud to be the partner of choice for VIBO and we are fully committed to yet another success story with VIBO in this market," said Sean Gowran, President, Ericsson Taiwan. "More importantly, the new partnership will help strengthen our local services resource as a foundation for even stronger growth in the future."

The WCDMA contract with VIBO Telecom confirms Ericsson's position as the world's leading supplier of 3G mobile systems. Today Ericsson supplies more commercial WCDMA services than any other system-infrastructure provider.

Implementation of this project will begin immediately, with VIBO's 3G commercial services to be rolled out in the fourth quarter 2005.

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Emily Wang
Communications Director, Ericsson Taiwan
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