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Ericsson Wins Smart Deal

Ericsson wins mobile softswitch contract to update Smart's satellite network in the Philippines

April 27, 2007

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STOCKHOLM -- Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has been chosen by Philippine operator SMART to enhance the switching capacity of its satellite-based telephony network, called SMART Link, giving consumers greater reach and access to data services.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will install its Mobile Softswitch Solution at SMART's earth station in Subic Bay, north of Manila, enabling the operator to efficiently boost capacity and accommodate new users.

Mobile Softswitch Solution improves voice quality and increases network efficiency, helping operators to reduce core network opex by up to 50 percent.

The expanded infrastructure will allow SMART to provide access to the newly launched Inmarsat I-4 satellite. The cooperation between SMART and the UK's Inmarsat will increase SMART Link's existing coverage area across Asia to include Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Rajendra Pangrekar, President of Ericsson Philippines, says: "This project showcases the flexibility of Ericsson's Mobile Softswitch Solution. We are very pleased to be able to help SMART enhance their network with this latest technology. We are confident that this will enable them to gain network efficiency, provide an even greater array of services to their customers, and connect them to even more parts of the world."

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)

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