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STOCKHOLM -- Today, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) will hold its annual Investor Day in Stockholm. President and CEO Hans Vestberg will elaborate on how Ericsson will leverage its current assets - technology leadership, services leadership, global scale - to move from being a leading mobile infrastructure vendor to become a leading Information and Communications Technology solutions provider in telecoms. "This development will naturally imply a future business mix for Ericsson with more recurring software and services revenues. However, hardware will always be part of the mix and a key differentiator for Ericsson," says Hans Vestberg.

Ericsson is currently in a phase with a higher share of coverage than capacity projects due to a high proportion of hardware being rolled out. At the Investor Day Management will reiterate that this mix is expected to prevail short-term but that the negative impact from the network modernization projects in Europe will start to gradually decline end 2012. Hans Vestberg will point to the fact that the company presently has a selective approach to market share investments and a strong focus on commercial management. Management will also discuss some uncertainties going forward such as macroeconomic factors, the competitive situation and operator consolidation.

A market outlook for 2012-2015 will be presented. Ericsson estimates that the total network equipment market will show a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3-5%. In Ericsson's key equipment market segments - radio, IP and transport, core - the CAGR is expected to be 4-6%. In radio a CAGR of 2-4% is expected, in IP and transport a CAGR of 6-8% and in core a CAGR of 0-2%. Ericsson expects the market for telecom services to show a CAGR of 5-7% in the same time period. The market for support solutions is forecasted to show a CAGR of 9-11%, including a CAGR of 12-14% for the media market. The market for OSS/BSS software and services is expected to show a CAGR of 5-7%.

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