Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today unveiled its groundbreaking next-generation radio base stations, the RBS 6000 series, at the Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona. This energy-efficient site solution is the smallest on the market and supports GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA and LTE in a single package.


Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson, says: "Our customers face increasingly complex challenges in terms of operational costs, multiple radio technologies and sustainability concerns. The RBS 6000 series is a truly multi-standard system that gives operators what they need for the smooth evolution of their radio access. This means we take the risk out of the investment. Customers know that when they choose Ericsson we deliver technology for tomorrow, today."


The RBS 6000 series products are available in indoor, outdoor and main-remote packages. The compact design requires only 25 percent of the space used by previous generations while at the same time doubling capacity. The RBS 6000 series reduces power consumption by 20 to 65 percent, compared with existing Ericsson radio base stations, and offers a simple, energy-efficient site solution that helps operators reduce costs across all areas of ownership.


Commercial launch is set for 2008. By bringing base station, site and transmission functionality together, Ericsson has created a solution that suits all profiles and caters to immediate and long-term needs. The one-cabinet, temperature-controlled solution requires less maintenance and training, and is easier to transport, install and run, thus significantly reducing operating costs.


"This launch is the realization of a long-held vision to develop a true multi-standard solution and also highlights our commitment to offering customers a seamless, integrated and environmentally friendly solution," says Ewaldsson.


The RBS 6000 series facilitates low-cost migration, since it re-uses equipment already deployed and can be installed on existing sites. Its compact size also makes it easy to deploy new sites. 


 The RBS 6000 series is on display at the Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona, which runs until February 14.


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Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. The market leader in 2G and 3G mobile technologies, Ericsson supplies communications services and manages networks that serve more than 185 million subscribers. The company's portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure and broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and developers. The Sony Ericsson joint venture provides consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.
 
Ericsson is advancing its vision of 'communication for all' through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 70,000 employees generated revenue of USD 27.9 billion (SEK 188 billion) in 2007. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on the Stockholm, London and NASDAQ stock exchanges.
 
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