Ericsson upgrades its manufacturing facility in India; will set up a new R&D center in Chennai and a Global Services Delivery Center (GSDC)

October 24, 2005

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STOCKHOLM -- In meeting with journalists today, Ericsson’s President and CEO, Carl-Henric Svanberg highlighted the company's views on the telecommunications industry and Ericsson's role as a prime driver in achieving the next wave of mobile communications in India.

Ericsson announced four essential building blocks to further strengthening its strong market and technology leadership in India:

  • Local Supply & Manufacturing

  • Research & Development

  • Global Service Capability Expansion

  • Commitment to Human Capital

Mr Svanberg said: “India is one of the most exciting markets. We see immense potential in this region and we are committed to partner with India in its growth. Through our overall market and technology leadership, we will continue to strengthen our number one position in India”.

Ericsson was the first multinational company to manufacture GSM Radio Base Station (RBS) with complete site solutions in India. The facility is based in Kukas, Rajasthan. The first RBS was delivered in March 2005. The GSM RBS has been customized for Indian conditions, to cope with challenges like severe climatic conditions, prolonged power cuts and voltage fluctuations. The local manufacturing will also ensure easier handling of repair and flexible inventory management, reducing cost to the operators.

The facility has now been upgraded to incorporate the manufacturing of Mobile Switching Center (MSC) and Base Station Controller (BSC) to further support the Indian market. This local manufacturing facility will ease transfer of technology and help Indian operators to offer first class quality with cost efficient solutions.

Ericsson will also set up a new R&D center in Chennai. This center will perform R & D in cutting edge areas such as service layer, VAS etc.

Ericsson today also announced the set up of Global Services Delivery Center (GSDC). This strengthens Ericsson’s pioneer role in managed services in India, which was established with the contract with Bharti in 2004. The GSDC includes a Systems Integration Competence Center, a Product Customization Center, a Regional Network Operating Centre and Ericsson Mobility World Center in India.

Ericsson’s fourth building block for driving growth in India is Commitment to Human Capital, with a continuous aim to build competence. Ericsson currently employs over 1500 persons in 22 locations in India, and engages over 3000 partner employees around the country.

Mr. Mats Granryd, President Market Unit India & Srilanka said “we are happy for these 4 Building Blocks being set up in India. It significantly enhances Ericsson’s capability to serve the Indian Market in a better way”.

Mr Svanberg finished: “Ericsson provides global diversity and an innovative environment, where we constantly invest in building competence. Ericsson also provides a performance-driven career and empowerment with clear expectations and goals”.

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)

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