Far EasTone and its subsidiary Yuen-Ze select Ericsson to further expand their WCDMA network and services

December 11, 2003

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STOCKHOLM -- Taiwan operator Far EasTone Telecommunications and its subsidiary Yuen-Ze have selected Ericsson to continue as sole supplier for its 3G network. In this 3G expansion contract, Ericsson is delivering a fully integrated GSM-GPRS-WCDMA solution that ensures all Far EasTone's customers a seamless evolution from 2G to 3G.

The 3G agreement with Far EasTone comprises a complete 3G system including WCDMA radio access network, core network and a wide portfolio of comprehensive professional services for Yuan-Ze Telecommunications, subsidiary of Far EasTone. Multi-vendor terminal verification services for 3G handsets are also included.

The expansion of the WCDMA system will start immediately and will be managed by Ericsson on a turnkey basis. Ericsson's super compact RBS 3104 and RBS 3203 base stations will be deployed. The small footprint and the minimal volume significantly reduce site costs for the operator.

"The partnership between Far EasTone and Ericsson was proven successful in the initial network rollout. Far EasTone was the first WCDMA operator to demonstrate a video call and the first to receive the 'Qualification Certificate' from the Director General Telecom," says Jan Nilsson, president of Far EasTone. "Therefore, it is a natural step to continue the partnership to ensure a cost efficient and smooth expansion. It is definitely a strength for Far EasTone only having to deal with one network vendor when integrating GSM, GPRS and WCDMA."

"After performance proven from earlier implementation, we are selected again as sole supplier for WCDMA," said Jan Signell, president of Ericsson Taiwan. "We are delighted to continue this partnership with Far EasTone and the chance to also extend our services to KGT subscribers after KGT's merger with Far EasTone. I am sure that Far EasTone with its strong focus on innovation and Ericsson with its technology leadership will be a winning combination in the advanced Taiwanese mobile multi-media market."

LM Ericsson

Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. Ltd.

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