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First Ericsson LTE network built in Africa


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* Users to have access to high-performance broadband services



* Services including design, installation, integration commissioning,
tuning
and optimization



* Network transformation and RBS 6000 family at heart of deliveries



Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) announced that it has helped MTN South Africa to
launch
a commercial LTE network which will be rolled out across the country. Along
with
its RBS 6000 family of base stations, Ericsson is supplying the Evolved
Packet
Core, Home Subscriber Server (HSS) for user data management, Operating
Support
Systems (OSS), project management and services.





This is the first commercial LTE network built by Ericsson in Africa. The
launch
comes after the pilot network has been running for more than a year.



Long Term Evolution (LTE), the next generation of mobile communication
technology, enables the fast transfer of huge amounts of data in an
efficient
and cost-effective manner, optimizing the use of spectrum. The increased
capacity and lower latency will allow subscribers effortless access to
faster
web browsing, online gaming, social media and video.



Lambo Kanagaratnam, MTN South Africa Chief Technology Officer, said: "MTN's
first LTE network will enable our South African customers an experience
that is
more efficient and seamless."



Lars Lindén, head of Region Sub-Saharan Africa, Ericsson, said: "This
will open
countless opportunities and will change the way people work, live and play.
The
commercial deployment of LTE will help users experience and interact in a
better, more efficient way."



Ericsson is the world leader in LTE and today has more than 90 commercial
LTE
contracts on six continents, of which over 50 networks have already gone
live.
More than 455 million people worldwide have LTE coverage, of which 305
million
are covered by LTE networks supplied by Ericsson (July 2012).



NOTES TO EDITORS



LTE media kit: www.ericsson.com/thecompany/press/mediakits/lte : www.ericsson.com/thecompany/press/mediakits/lte



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Ericsson is the world's leading provider of communications technology and
services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time
solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely,
in
sustainable societies around the world.



Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within
Information
and Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries.
Today
more than 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson
networks and we support customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion
subscribers.



We operate in 180 countries and employ more than 100,000 people. Founded in
1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 the company's
net
sales were SEK 226.9 billion (USD 35.0 billion). Ericsson is listed on
NASDAQ
OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.



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