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SmarTone Launches HSDPA

Ericsson brings HSDPA to SmarTone-Vodafone in Hong Kong

July 31, 2006

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong mobile operator SmarTone-Vodafone launches Hong Kong's first commercial mobile broadband service with full HSDPA coverage in Hong Kong, pioneering the technology in the Greater China region. This launch follows the successful upgrade by Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) of SmarTone-Vodafone's 3G/WCDMA network with HSDPA.

The upgrade to HSDPA enables SmarTone-Vodafone to deliver true broadband speed of up to 1.8Mbps to laptops, and introduce its customers to a new generation of mobile broadband services with true mobility and real freedom to move. At this stage, users will be able to download five times faster than the current 3G connection using existing PC-cards, and 20 times faster than with a GSM/GPRS connection. Under the agreement, Ericsson has delivered HSDPA hardware, software and implementation services.

Douglas Li, CEO of SmarTone-Vodafone, says: "We are pleased to be the first operator in Hong Kong as well as the Greater China region to offer mobile broadband with full HSDPA coverage throughout the territory. The launch represents what real 3G can achieve and demonstrates how 3G with HSDPA can bring substantially better benefits to both business users and consumers through our Mobile Broadband service."

Johan Adler, President of Ericsson Hong Kong, says: "We are proud to support SmarTone-Vodafone with the introduction of HSDPA services, bringing this key technology to Hong Kong consumers at a very early stage. SmarTone-Vodafone's early launch of HSDPA underlines their innovative profile and will gear their network with the most advanced functionalities and services."

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)

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