Ericsson to upgrade Israel's Partner with mobile softswitch

Press release
Jun 26, 2006 08:15 (GMT +00:00)
Major Israeli mobile operator Partner Communications Company Ltd (Partner) has selected the Ericsson Mobile Softswitch Solution to upgrade its network.

Ericsson's (NASDAQ:ERICY) Mobile Softswitch Solution will expand Partner's (TASE and NASDAQ:PTNR; LSE:PCCD) network capacity, necessary for its 3G subscriber growth. It will also allow the operator to introduce high-quality services quickly. The mobile softswitch paves the way to an all-IP network.

Alon Berman, Partner's Vice President, Technologies, says: "Ericsson's leading solution will be used to converge our 2G and 3G core network. It will allow us to grow in a cost-efficient way and to introduce innovative services to a growing number of our customers."

Bjorn Eisner, President of Ericsson Israel, says: "This contract with Partner proves our technology leadership in the softswitching arena. It also strengthens our long-standing partnership and excellent relations with Partner."

Ericsson has been the main supplier of Partner since 1998 with deliveries of GSM/WCDMA networks, including HSPA.

The Ericsson Mobile Softswitch Solution is the world's most widely deployed softswitch architecture solution. It powers around 50 percent of all mobile networks with softswitch architecture that are in full commercial service.

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.



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About Partner
Partner Communications Company Ltd. is a leading Israeli mobile communications operator providing GSM/GPRS/UMTS services and wire free applications under the orange(TM) brand. It commenced full commercial operations in January 1999 and, through its network, provides quality service and a range of features to over 2.560 million subscribers in Israel. Partner subscribers can use roaming services in 163 destinations using 353 GSM networks. The Company launched its 3G service in 2004. Partner's ADSs are quoted on NASDAQ under the symbol PTNR and on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol PCCD. Its shares are quoted on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange under the symbol PTNR.

Partner is a subsidiary of Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited (Hutchison Telecom). Hutchison Telecom is a leading listed telecommunications operator (SEHK:2332; NYSE:HTX) focusing on dynamic markets. It currently offers mobile and fixed-line telecommunication services in Hong Kong, and operates or is rolling out mobile telecommunication services in India, Israel, Macau, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Indonesia and Vietnam.

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