Ericsson extends partnership with Entel in Chile


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* Entel Chile selected Ericsson as sole supplier for its 4G/LTE networkand expanded partnership for its 2G and 3G networks

* 3G and 4G users to enjoy superior mobile broadband experience andhigh-performing networks, as well as advanced solutions and services

* Includes multi-standard radio access network, Evolved Packet Core with Evolved Packet Gateway on the SSR 8000 family of Smart ServicesRouters, operation and support system and backhaul transport design

In response to Chile's data traffic growth and increasing demand for mobilebroadband coverage, Entel has extended its strategic partnership withEricsson(NASDAQ: ERIC) to supply its 2G, 3G and end-to-end IP network for 4G/LTEandwill continue joint efforts to enhance customer experience.

Antonio Büchi, CEO of Entel, says: "At Entel, we value innovation andthe skillsto provide excellence in service; we have made huge efforts in deliveringanunbeatable customer experience on mobile broadband and now on 4G. TogetherwithEricsson, we will be able to provide our customers with superior mobilebroadband services and performance, based on a complete end-to-end 3G-LTEsolution,"

Nicolas Brancoli, Vice President of Ericsson Latin America, says: "Thiscontractmarks another significant milestone for Ericsson and further consolidatesournetwork leadership in the region. Entel's continued trust in us isdemonstratedby their selection of Ericsson as the sole supplier for their 2G, 3G and4G/LTEnetworks. We're proud and happy to extend our partnership and supportEntel'slaunch of its territory-wide LTE network. Consumers will benefit from anoptimalmobile broadband user experience."

Entel and Ericsson have a long-term partnership since 1997, which is basedon acommon commitment to enhance telecom experience for customers in Chile.

Under the three-year agreement, Ericsson will be the sole supplier ofEntel's2G, 3G and 4G network. The new LTE network includes a multi-standard radioaccess network supported by RBS 6000 base stations, Evolved Packet Core(EPC)with Evolved Packet Gateway on the SSR 8000 family of Smart ServicesRouters andSGSN-MME based in the latest MKVIII architecture. The agreement alsoincludesnetwork rollout, integration and support, deployment services, and networkmanagement with Ericsson's Operations Support Systems for Radio & Core.

Ericsson is the world leader in LTE and today has more than 130 commercialLTEcontracts on six continents, of which over 60 networks have already gonelive.LTE commercial networks worldwide currently cover 455 million people, ofwhich305 million people are covered by LTE networks delivered by Ericsson. Oncecurrently awarded contracts have been deployed, Ericsson will have a morethan50 percent share of the Latin American LTE market in terms of volume.


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