Ericsson has been selected by Vivo - the largest mobile operator in Brazil and part of the Portugal Telecom and Telefónica Móviles groups - to manage Vivo's field operations in more than 2,000 sites in the states of Distrito Federal, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, São Paulo and Tocantins. The managed services contract spans two years.

The contract represents a breakthrough for Ericsson with Vivo, the leading mobile operator in the Brazilian market, with more than 27 million subscribers. The contract is aligned with Vivo's strategy to reduce operating expenditure in order to create an even stronger position in the competitive Brazilian market.

Vivo's choice of Ericsson as its managed services partner is based on Ericsson's industry leadership in managed services, knowledge about both the operator's existing networks - CDMA and TDMA - as well as Ericsson's extensive local competence and presence. The field operation services will be delivered in a multi-vendor, multi-technology environment including both core and radio networks.

"This services contract underlines Ericsson's strong position in Brazil, an exciting market with healthy competition among operators," said Anders Runevad, President of Ericsson Brazil. "We are utilizing Ericsson's expert services organization to support Brazilian operators in becoming even more competitive, cost efficient and in focusing on their core businesses."

Being the industry leader in managed services, Ericsson is committed to supporting Vivo in delivering world-class services to its customers. The agreement reinforces Ericsson's position in the fast-growing managed services market and as a telecom services provider in the region. It also demonstrates Ericsson's strength in understanding customer needs and quick implementation processes.

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About Vivo
As a part of the Portugal Telecom and Telefónica Móviles groups, Vivo is the largest cellular telephone operator in the southern hemisphere and the 10th-largest in the world, with 27 million customers in Brazil. The company is the leader in both the individual and corporate segments, and provides solutions to the latter through its Vivo Empresas business unit.

Vivo's competitive leadership is in its CDMA technology - which is the basis of third-generation mobile telephony all over the world, according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).  Add to this its coverage, modernity and the innovative nature of its voice and data transmission services, such as broadband mobile internet, video transmission and other formats of online communication.

About Ericsson's managed services offering
Ericsson has the telecom industry's most comprehensive managed services offerings, ranging from designing, building, operating and managing day-to-day operations of a customer's network, to hosting service applications and enablers, as well as providing network coverage and capacity on demand.  As the undisputed leader in managed services, Ericsson has officially announced more than 45 managed services contracts with operators worldwide since 2002.  In all its current managed services contracts, excluding hosting, Ericsson is managing networks that together serve more than 38 million subscribers worldwide.