Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Telenor Sweden today announced the first ever contract for Ericsson's Business Communication Suite (BCS), which will enhance multimedia experiences for Telenor's enterprise customers with collaboration services in Sweden. Ericsson will also be responsible for the expansion, upgrade and systems integration of Telenor's IMS network.
 
Ericsson's Business Communication Suite is the first service of its kind to be based on IMS. It is a communication tool that enables mobile, unified communication for business users and increases efficiency with easy-to-use social-networking tools, such as presence, messaging, chat, video, incoming call management, file sharing and corporate directory. It can be used to communicate both with colleagues and other business associates.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will be the prime integrator of the IMS system, including systems-integration services. Ericsson IMS-based multimedia solutions will provide new, value-adding services for Telenor's customers, with the main focus on mobile applications for enterprises. The delivery and integration phase of the BCS and the extended IMS-based network has already begun.

Lars-Åke Norling, CEO of Telenor Sweden, says: "Ericsson's Business Communication Suite solution opens up new and exciting opportunities in the enterprise area and will enable new ways of mobile working for our business customers, giving them the choice between integrated fixed and mobile telephony and customized solutions."

Mikael Bäckström, President of Ericsson Nordic and Baltics, says: "We are pleased to support Telenor in such a strategically important step. This agreement reaffirms Ericsson's strong commitment and capabilities in the IMS area and our ability to deliver innovative solutions such as the Business Communication Suite."
 
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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 250 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 billion (SEK 209 billion) in 2008. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and NASDAQ.
 
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About Ericsson's IMS solution


Ericsson IMS is an end-to-end solution that gives operators immediate revenue opportunities when evolving to all-IP operations. It enables seamless access to a wide range of new multimedia services across both fixed and mobile networks. Ericsson IMS Solution includes a converged IMS core infrastructure, as well as application servers and service enablers for common functions that can be reused by multiple fixed and mobile applications. The IMS solution is a part of Ericsson's Full Service Broadband offering.

Ericsson is the leader in the IMS area with 60 IMS-system contracts globally for commercial launch. Of these, 36 are already in full commercial service, the majority delivering IP telephony services for enterprise and residential users.