Ericsson signs contracts to manage core networks of Wireless Services, Indigo Wireless, and PSC Wireless

January 26, 2004

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STOCKHOLM -- Ericsson has signed managed services contracts with three individual rural market operators to migrate their TDMA wireless networks to GSM. According to the agreements, Ericsson will manage and provide core network capacity on demand to each operator. By choosing this strategy, Missouri-based Chariton Valley Wireless Services, Pennsylvania-based Indigo Wireless and Georgia-based PSC Wireless will each be able to deploy a full-featured GSM network with more flexibility, and less capital and operational expense than traditional buildouts.

Under the terms of the agreements, each customer has purchased and will operate its own radio access network. Each operator will use Ericsson's supplied core network capacity to provide switching services and data capabilities, which initially will include GPRS, voice mail and SMS. The arrangements eliminate core facility concerns such as power, site leasing and facility maintenance.

"Managed Services is a great alternative for rural operators because it allows them to provide the same GSM service as major operators much more quickly and cost effectively than if they had to design and build the infrastructure themselves," said Gowton Achaibar, vice president and general manager, Ericsson Global Services North America. "It leaves operators free to concentrate on marketing their services to local subscribers while benefiting from providing advanced wireless services to roaming traffic."

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