Ericsson and Entel partner for the next step in 21st century education in Chile


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* Ericsson partnering with Entel to deploy Connect To Learn in Chile

* Rural Chilean students and their teachers benefit from connectivity toa 21(st) century education through a cloud-based computing solution andmobile broadband technology

* Program for online cultural exchange is also implemented, bringingteachers and students together with global peers

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Entel announce the launch of Connect To Learn,aninitiative that offers quality education for rural students, in threeschools inChile that previously did not have access to technology in education.Connect ToLearn in partnership with Millennium Promise and the Earth Institute atColumbiaUniversity is using the latest technology to improve educationalopportunitiesfor rural students, especially girls.

Through Connect To Learn, mobile broadband connectivity has beenimplemented inthe Arturo Prat Chacón secondary school as well as two primaryschools, alllocated in rural Ninhue, in the Bío Bío Region of southern Chile.The program inthe Arture Prat Chacón school also includes online educationalresources, acloud-computing solution in a low-maintenance and easy-to-use model andrelevanttraining for teachers. The technology deployed gives students and teachersaccess to 21st-century educational tools and resources, and the ability toconnect to other schools around the world to foster collaborative learning,cross-cultural understanding and global awareness.

Manuel Araya, Corporate Affairs Manager, Entel, says, "With Connect ToLearn,students and teachers benefit from access to global news, information andthelatest educational content, and can collaborate with fellow students andteachers around the world, despite their remote location."

Entel is providing optimized 3G connectivity to the selected schools toensuregood connectivity, as well as free Internet connections.

Carla Belitardo, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility,EricssonLatin America, says, "This initiative demonstrates our commitment toenablingour vision for a Networked Society in Chile and in Latin America. Mobilebroadband is a key enabler for access to a quality education in allcommunities,even the most rural. Delivering cloud-based computing services andconnectingthem is a major step toward bringing quality education."

Since 2010, Connect To Learn has been deployed to help students in Ghana,Kenya,Tanzania, Uganda, Brazil Senegal and Djibouti helping students accessqualitylearning resources for a 21st-century education.

School-To-School Connections

Through Connect To Learn, Entel and Ericsson are also introducing School-To-School Connections, a flagship program, pioneered by co-founders MillenniumPromise and the Earth Institute. High school students at the Juan deMairenaInstitute in San Sebastian de los Reyes, Spain, created their very ownglobalclassroom, connecting through a video call session with students fromArturoPrat Chacón High School, located in Ninhue, southern Chile, as part oftheSchool-To-School Connections partnership program facilitated by the ConnectToLearn initiative.

The program connects classrooms in rural and urban communities around theworldto foster cross-cultural learning and cultivate global awareness,understanding,and collaboration.

The goal is that the School-To-School Connections program will help createasense of commonality among young people and a sense of sharedresponsibility fortackling the global challenges we all face. In 2011, with School-To-SchoolConnections in mind, Connect To Learn commissioned a team from ColumbiaUniversity Teachers College to create a set of curricular resources basedon theMillennium Development Goals in order to support shared lesson planningbetweenteachers at partnered schools and collaborative learning among theirstudents.Video calls and emails help facilitate their work together and buildrelationships among participants.

The classes shared their thoughts on "ensuring environmentalsustainability" andwhat it means in each of their countries, asking questions, clapping,laughingand nodding their heads. They also talked about the similarities anddifferencesin the types of activities that take place in each of their communities.


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About the Connect To Learn initiative

Connect To Learn is a public-private partnership between Ericsson, theEarthInstitute at Columbia University, and Millennium Promise along withoperator andother corporate and individual partners. A global education initiative,ConnectTo Learn was launched in 2010, in response to the challenges of access andinequality. The Connect To Learn partners recognize the transformationalrolebroadband connectivity and other ICT solutions can have in scaling upaccess toquality education through innovative programs, such as cloud-basedcurricula andschool-to-school connectivity.

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About Ericsson

Ericsson is a world-leading provider of communications technology andservices.We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutionsthatallow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainablesocieties around the world.

Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure withinInformationand Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries.Today40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks andwesupport customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscriptions.

We are more than 110,000 people working with customers in more than 180countries. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.In2012 the company's net sales were SEK 227.8 billion (USD 33.8 billion).Ericssonis listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.

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