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* Telstra and Ericsson agree to extend strategic partnership to deliverworld-class LTE experience for Telstra users and expand Telstra's LTEnetwork across Australia
* Advanced technology trial and subsequent deployment of LTE-AdvancedCarrier Aggregation in 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum bands
* LTE heterogeneous network trial and LTE Broadcast trial to furtherenhance Telstra's network
Telstra and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced the renewal of theirlongstanding strategic partnership to deliver a world-class LTE experienceforTelstra's users. The renewed contract, announced at the Mobile WorldCongress,will include an expansion of Telstra's LTE network across Australia,reachingmore Australians with improved coverage, capacity and availability.
The partnership also includes the implementation of a program of advancedtechnology trials - of LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation, LTE heterogeneousnetworks and LTE Broadcast - to further enhance Telstra's network.
Nearly 1.6 million mobile subscribers have joined Telstra over the past 12months and data usage on its Next G network is doubling each year.
David Thodey, Chief Executive Officer of Telstra, says: "Telstra is veryproudof the work that we are undertaking with Ericsson to ensure Australiaremains atthe forefront of mobile connectivity. We believe these initiatives are away ofefficiently maintaining our high quality network and meeting sustained,growingcustomer demand."
By combining spectrum assets for LTE networks - such as the use of the1800MHzand 900MHz bands - the LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation trial will pave thewayfor future improvements in capacity and coverage.
Ericsson's coordinated solution for small cells in heterogeneous networksensures high-quality capacity and connectivity in even the most denselypopulated city areas. The Telstra trial will examine how small-celltechnologycan improve the future scalability and densification of its LTE network.
In the third trial for 2013, for the LTE Broadcast solution, Ericsson willdeploy Evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS) technologyintoTelstra's live network. As part of the trial, premium video and file-basedcontent will be broadcast over the LTE network to test how video and othercontent can be more efficiently delivered through application of dynamicoffload, particularly in dense consumption scenarios.
Ericsson President and CEO Hans Vestberg says: "Under this agreement,Ericssoncontinues as Telstra's prime vendor of 3G and 4G RAN technology. The trialsforTelstra will provide insights applicable not only on the Australian marketbutalso globally. For example, the heterogeneous networks trial will be ofinterestto operators around the world who want to ensure capacity and connectivityindensely populated city areas. And the LTE Broadcast trial will show howEricssontechnology can deliver media content efficiently over LTE."
The agreement includes provision of hardware, software, customer service,construction services and the innovative technology trials.
During Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Ericsson showcases itscombinedtechnology and services leadership for the ICT industry. Our solutionsdeliversuperior network performance in the field, enable complete customerexperiencemanagement, and simplify and automate operations workflows - therebyleading tooperational excellence. We show how the Networked Society comes to life -whatit will mean for the industry and how it will enable our customers tocapturegrowth opportunities.
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Ericsson is the world's leading provider of communications technology andservices. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-timesolutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely,insustainable societies around the world.
Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure withinInformationand Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries.Todaymore than 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericssonnetworks and we support customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billionsubscribers.
We operate in 180 countries and employ more than 100,000 people. Founded in1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 the company'snetsales were SEK 226.9 billion (USD 35.0 billion). Ericsson is listed onNASDAQOMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.
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