Ericsson powers EMT's commercial launch of HSDPA in Estonia

Estonian mobile operator EMT launches commercial mobile broadband services based on HSDPA in Tallinn, pioneering the technology in the Baltic region. This launch follows the successful upgrade by Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) of EMT's 3G/WCDMA networks with HSDPA.
Press release
Apr 26, 2006 06:30 (GMT +00:00)
The upgrade to HSDPA enables EMT to introduce its customers to a new generation of mobile services, including mobile broadband, mobile video and mobile music. Under the agreement, Ericsson has delivered commercial HSDPA hardware, software and implementation services.

Valdo Kalm, CEO of EMT, says: "We are very excited about this HSDPA upgrade, which brings even more advanced services with higher connection speed to our customers. Being the first operator in Estonia to have launched this cutting-edge technology gives us a strong position in the market and great opportunities to develop mobile services further. Following our 3G launch in Q4 last year, this is another significant step in our long-standing, successful partnership with Ericsson."

Veiko Sepp, CEO of Ericsson Estonia, says: "We are proud to power EMT's HSDPA launch, bringing this key technology to Estonian consumers at a very early stage. We look forward to cooperating with EMT as it brings the mobile services of the future to its customers."

Ericsson and EMT have built a strong partnership over the last decade. Ericsson has previously been selected by EMT as sole supplier of GSM Core and Radio Network, including GPRS/EDGE, and WCDMA/3G networks.

Ericsson's HSDPA solution will enable peak download speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps. The advanced technology offers operators more than double the system capacity and makes response times for interactive services faster. On average, users will be able to download four times faster than the current 3G connection using existing PC-cards, and 20 times faster than with a GSM/GPRS connection.

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EMT, a company in the Estonian Telecom group, majority owned by the Telia Sonera Group, is the largest and most experienced mobile communications operator in Estonia, with a leading position measured by number of customers, financial indicators, development of coverage and size of networks, diversity of services and potential of value-added services. EMT is recognized for its leading-edge innovative business activities: the company was the first in Estonia to launch GPRS, 3G and now HSDPA services, and was one of the first in Europe to offer a wide range of mobile internet services, mobile p