Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced it has been selected by NTT DoCoMo for its Long-Term Evolution (LTE) base station development project.


LTE is the next evolution in mobile network standards, as defined by 3GPP (the Third-Generation Partnership Project). LTE offers a superior user experience, enhancing such applications as mobile video, blogging, advanced gaming, rich multimedia telephony and advanced services. It also interoperates with existing cellular systems.


Ericsson and NTT DoCoMo have long cooperated in the areas of research and development, and standardization. Since 1992, Ericsson has delivered PDC base stations to NTT DoCoMo and, more recently, W-CDMA base stations for the operator's FOMA(TM) network.


Ericsson has previously demonstrated LTE in Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) mode, with speeds of up to 160Mbps, and for the first time recently demonstrated LTE in both FDD and Time Division Duplex (TDD) mode on the same base station platform.  


Kurt Jofs, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Unit Networks at Ericsson, says: "LTE is the next step in the evolution of mobile communication and we are very proud to extend our long relationship with NTT DoCoMo for the development of this next generation technology.


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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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About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company. DoCoMo serves over 53 million customers, including 42 million people subscribing to FOMA(TM), launched in 2001 as the world's first 3G-mobile service based on W-CDMA. DoCoMo also offers a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services, including i-mode(TM), the world's most popular mobile e-mail/internet service, which is used by more than 47 million people. With the addition of credit-card and other e-wallet functions, DoCoMo mobile phones have become highly versatile tools for daily life. NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit www.nttdocomo.com.
i-mode and FOMA are trademarks or registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries
NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service is only available to subscribers in Japan.