Ericsson has been selected by Western Wireless Corporation to host, operate, and manage its MMS offering

December 12, 2003

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STOCKHOLM -- Western Wireless Corporation (Nasdaq: WWCA) has selected Ericsson to host, operate and manage its multimedia messaging service (MMS) offering throughout its domestic CDMA coverage area. The agreement continues the trend toward managed services in which operators and vendors work as partners to reduce costs and to bring new services to market as quickly as possible.

In addition to supplying the platform and integrating the application with the Western Wireless network and billing system, Ericsson will be responsible for around-the-clock operation and maintenance of the MMS service. Furthermore, through Ericsson's Mobility World initiative, Western Wireless will benefit from relationships with thousands of application and content developers whose services are compatible with Ericsson networks around the world.

"In today's market, vendors and service providers must work together to develop creative, flexible and cost-effective ways to deliver wireless services," Ericsson Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Angel Ruiz said. "The hosted service offering makes sense because our customers spend less money on capital and operations, which minimizes risk and allows them to focus on growing their business and customer relationships."

"Exceeding our customers' needs by providing high quality wireless data services is truly important in this ever-changing wireless communications arena," said Eric Hertz, chief operating officer at Western Wireless Corporation. "Ericsson's services will assist us to continue our leadership role within the rural marketplace while providing us with the best and most cost-effective solutions for our growing data services sector."

LM Ericsson

Western Wireless Corp.

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