Ericsson Builds 3G for 2G

Ericsson's GSM, GPRS, EDGE, and WCDMA solutions to provide the foundation for the launch of 3G services for the ironically-named Finnish 2G

October 17, 2003

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STOCKHOLM -- Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) and Finnish 2G have signed a contract to extend their frame agreement on mobile network infrastructure deliveries. This agreement enables the operator to build a 3G network to launch new mobile services.

Ericsson is currently the main supplier of Finnish 2G and the extended frame agreement reinforces the existing relationship between the two companies.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will provide Finnish 2G with mobile network solutions for GSM, GPRS, EDGE and WCDMA as well as Intelligent Network services like mobile positioning, and related services.

"This agreement allows us to build up our nationwide mobile phone network by integrating the latest technologies, and to deploy a 3G mobile network supplied by the industry leader," says Seppo Hanninen, Managing Director of Finnish 2G.

"The extended agreement is a token of Ericsson's and Finnish 2G's strategic co-operation, and it constitutes a firm foundation for the operator to grow and further increase their market share," says Kjell Forsen, President, Ericsson Finland.

The history of Ericsson's and Finnish 2G's co-operation goes back to the year 2000 when the operator began constructing a nationwide mobile network. At present, the mobile network covers over 99 % of the population in Finland.

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.

LM Ericsson Finnish 2G Ltd.

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