Ericsson provides Telma with a unique competitive position by launching fixed convergent system

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Ericsson provides Telma with a unique competitive position by launching fixed prepaid postpaid convergent system. Telma customers will benefit from differentiating end-user packages due to market unique convergence using Ericsson’s first hybrid convergent system.

Telma has selected Ericsson's real-time charging solution, Charging System, for the launch of its fixed pre- and post-paid convergent system in Madagascar. Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will migrate 150k prepaid fixed subscribers, currently on a FERMA service node, to Ericsson’s Charging System.

Ericsson Charging System will provide Telma with a robust solution that will allow expansion of its services, improve current services including prepaid roaming, and increase revenues. Through the installation of a Media Gateway, all network traffic will move over from Telma Fixed network onto Ericsson's Charging System allowing for tariff plan migration and call flow development for fixed subscribers. The solution is in full commercial service in Telma’s network giving the company a distinctive competitive position in the Malagasy market by being able to offer convergent services to their subscribers.

Patrick Pisal Hamida, CEO of Telma, says; "With the successful implementation of this project, Ericsson has proven that it is a partner in which we can have full delivery confidence. With faster time to revenue and organisational effectiveness provided by Ericsson's Charging System, we are able to continue to deliver innovative and precise customer propositions."

Positive developments in the Internet and broadband sector in Madagascar are expected from the arrival of the EASSY Submarine cable, which will be available in Q2 2010, connecting the island to the world.

This will end the country's dependency on satellites for international connections, bringing down the cost of international bandwidth and making Internet access more affordable to a wider part of the population*. Furthermore, a national fibre backbone is being implemented connecting the major cities and wireless broadband access networks are being rolled out, enabling converged voice, data and entertainment services – making such a solution, ever more important for the GSM operator going forward.

Lars Lindén, President, Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa, says; "We are proud that Telma has selected Ericsson as its partner for this business-critical project. Capable and efficient convergent systems are key to reducing costs and Ericsson is fully committed in its support for Telma's initiatives to deliver a wide range of new, differentiated services to its Madagascar customers."

* Madagascar - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband & Forecasts, Budde, 2009

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 OMX NASDAQ, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.

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About Telma

Set up in the 19th century, Telma is the reference for Telecommunications in Madagascar, and the only operator to provide Fixe-Mobile-Data services.

Privatized in 2004, the company achieved strong commercial results in a highly competitive sector by disrupting the existing duopoly, and has a unique track record of launching innovative products in all Telecom market segments in Madagascar.

Since 2005, Telma has invested 70MioUSD in a 3,300km National Fiber Optic Backbone; Telma is also the 5th contributor to the EASSY Submarine cable which will be available in Q2 2010, connecting the island to the world.