Central Europeans get mobile broadband boost

Press release
Nov 30, 2009 09:00 (GMT +00:00)
  •          Telekom Austria Group gears up for the next generation of mobile services
  •          18,5 million users in eight countries to get higher speed and improved services
  •          Microwave solution increases capacity and reduces costs

  • Mobile phone subscribers are doing an increasing amount with their handsets, and Telekom Austria Group is expecting a significant increase in capacity demands; data traffic in Austria alone has increased fivefold over the past two years. To meet these demands, all Telekom Austria Group companies in eight European countries are, besides other innovative technologies, upgrading their mobile networks with Ericsson's (NASDAQ:ERIC) latest, microwave solution, which enables increased capacity while reducing costs for mobile operators.

    Johann Pichler, Group CTO of mobilkom austria group, says: "To guarantee that our customers can enjoy the benefits of mobile broadband and take advantage of new possibilities in the future, the work to smoothly upgrade our networks needs to begin today. Ericsson's highly cost-effective solution helps us meet our objective of having a complete mobile broadband offering. "

    Roland Nordgren, Head of Ericsson Central Europe and President of Ericsson Austria, says: "Demand is increasing fast in Central Europe, and now 18.5 million user in eight countries will get higher speed and improved services. In addition, we are also reducing costs for our operator customers with our sustainable, cost-effective solutions."

    The Telekom Austria Group will upgrade its networks in Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Serbia and Slovenia, according to market needs. Rollout has already started, which includes an IP-based microwave transmission network, a management system and related integration and support services.

    Ericsson and Telekom Austria Group have been working together for more than 10 years, achieving several breakthroughs in commercial launches of mobile broadband technologies in Europe.

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    Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 1 billion subscribers and has a leading position in managed services. The company's portfolio comprises of mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

    Ericsson is advancing its vision of "to be the prime driver in an all-communicating world" through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 75,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 209 billion (USD 32.2 billion) in 2008. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.


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    About Ericsson microwave transmission
    Ericsson is the undisputed market leader in microwave transmission and has delivered more than 1.9 million microwave radios all around the world. The portfolio consists of the well-established MINI-LINK family strengthened by the Marconi LH trunk radio. All products are managed by a common management system, ServiceOn.

    The microwave offering enables deployment and evolution of mobile, fixed and converged networks in a step-by-step way, supports any legacy and results in lowest cost of ownership. The flexible hardware, outstanding production capacity and ability to offer complete turn-key site solutions provides operators with quick and efficient roll-out of networks.