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Telstra Softswitches With Ericsson

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STOCKHOLM -- Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) is assisting Australia's Telstra to simplify its mobile network by deploying the world's first Mobile Softswitch Solution based on highly efficient blade technology. It will also reduce the energy use of the softswitch by up to 60 percent per subscriber.

Telstra started this transformation in 2007 when it became the first operator in the world to implement a common GSM-WCDMA Mobile Switching Center-Server (MSC-S) pool network, which is now in full commercial service. Commercial implementation of the next-generation Mobile Softswitch Solution using the new MSC-S Blade Cluster has just started.

This innovative technology provides ultra-high capacity, supporting up to eight million subscribers with only two cabinets. The footprint can be as little as 10 percent of that for existing servers, reducing energy consumption.

Mike Wright, Telstra's Executive Director of Wireless, says the completion of the world's first MSC-S pool architecture for a common GSM-WCDMA mobile core network means a more flexible and robust mobile network for Telstra's mobile customers.

"The MSC Server has a crucial function in delivering wireless services to customers so, by bringing together our 2G and 3G mobile cores, Telstra has achieved the key goal of providing an even more reliable customer experience," he says. "At the same time we have made inroads with our transformation goals of reduced complexity and operating costs through network simplification."

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)

Telstra Corp. Ltd. (ASX: TLS; NZK: TLS)

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