Telstra Goes Live with Combined EPC

Australian operator's triple-access Evolved Packet Core now in commercial service following work with Ericsson

September 27, 2011

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STOCKHOLM -- Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Telstra have together created a world first by enabling Telstra to operate a combined core network for its 2G, 3G and 4G traffic.

Ericsson's Evolved Packet Core (EPC) enables the mobile broadband traffic carried in Telstra GSM, WCDMA/HSPA and LTE access networks to be seamlessly handled by the same core network nodes, resulting in an improved mobile broadband experience for consumers.

To date, Ericsson has signed 30 commercial EPC contracts. The majority of the network operators that signed these contracts have deployed an EPC network as an overlay upon their existing packet core networks. EPC's validated triple-access functionality through software upgrades allows for smooth introduction of new IP-based services to existing networks, protecting earlier investments.

Mike Wright, Telstra's Executive Director of Network and Access Technologies, says: "Through implementing the Evolved Packet Core, we can smoothly integrate and transition 2G, 3G and 4G traffic seamlessly for our customers. This is the complete network solution that we envisioned over 5 years ago: a common and efficient core network supporting traffic from any source across our evolving GSM, WCDMA and LTE access networks.

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)

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