Ericsson named sole vendor for Thuraya core network upgrade


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* Thuraya's circuit-switched core network upgraded to support modern,high-quality telecommunication services

* Agreement includes advanced billing mediation system, plus supportservices for five years

Mobile satellite services operator Thuraya has selected Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC)as the sole vendor for its circuit-switched core network. Under theagreement,Ericsson will upgrade the Thuraya circuit-switched core network,implement anadvanced billing mediation solution and provide support services for fiveyears.

Ahmed Ali Al Shamsi, Chief Technology Officer at Thuraya, says: "As agloballeader in mobile satellite services, we take pride in our network, whichoffersthe best quality services in the industry. It is important that we canmaintaina high level of network availability and can offer our customers thehighestquality voice and data communication services. Ericsson's innovativesolutionsand our vision to provide customers with the best possible connectivitywillhelp us achieve our long-term expansion goals. We have selected Ericsson asourpartner to upgrade our circuit-switched core network and maintain ourhighlystable and reliable network."

Thuraya's satellite network has always provided consistent connectivity inremote locations. The core network upgrade - including a hardware upgradeofThuraya's Mobile Switching Center (MSC), and hardware and softwareenhancementsfor the Home Location Register (HLR), Operation Support Systems (OSS) andMultiMediation platform - will give subscribers greater access totelecommunicationservices wherever they are and provide Thuraya with additional capacity tohandle future growth.

The integration and implementation of Ericsson's billing mediation solutionwillenable Thuraya to handle all customers, partners and services in astreamlined,convergent system, reducing network complexity. Ericsson support servicesensurethat the network will be running efficiently and smoothly for the next fiveyears.

Rafiah Ibrahim, Executive Vice President, Region Middle East and Africa,Ericsson says: "The rapid expansion of Thuraya's satellite coverage demandsadynamic solution that will transform its existing infrastructure andmaintainThuraya's growing, market-leading footprint. Our services and solutionswillequip Thuraya with the latest technology that will simplify operations andprovide an unprecedented customer experience."

Ericsson's relationship with Thuraya began more than 15 years ago whenThurayaand Hughes International awarded the first network contract toEricsson in1997. Since then, Ericsson has worked closely with Thuraya, which ispartlyowned by Etisalat, while it made its mark as a leading mobile satelliteserviceprovider of voice, data, maritime, rural telephony, fleet management andothertelecommunication solutions in remote areas, expanding into more than140countries around the world.


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About Thuraya Telecommunications Company

Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator andaglobal telecommunication provider offering innovative communicationssolutionsto a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime,militaryand humanitarian NGO.

Thuraya's superior network enables clear communications anduninterruptedcoverage across two-thirds of the globe by satellite and across the wholeplanetthrough its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company's diverserange oftechnologically superior and highly reliable mobile satellitehandsets andbroadband devices provide ease of use, value, quality and efficiency.Thurayaremains committed to serving humanity through delivering the essentialtools foroptimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach.

Ericsson is the world's leading provider of communications technology andservices. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficientreal-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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