Ericsson provides IMS platform to KDDI as sole solution vendor

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* Ericsson will provide Japanese operator KDDI with an IP MultimediaSubsystem (IMS) - the foundation for communication services over LTE

* Ericsson plans to start providing IMS after the second half of 2013

* Ericsson's IMS will serve as the basis for new communication servicessuch as RCS, HD voice over LTE (VoLTE) and video calling over LTE

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has signed a contract with Japan's KDDI Corporationforthe development and deployment and of an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), a3GPPstandardized platform that delivers multimedia services. With Ericsson'sIMS,KDDI will realize delivery of the latest telecommunication services for itsover35 million subscribers. The deployment of IMS is scheduled to commenceafter thesecond half of 2013.

Having launched LTE mobile broadband services in September 2012, KDDI nowintroduces IMS in order to take advantage of the latest technologicaldevelopments that Ericsson as the technology leader provides globally. Byconsolidating both wireless and fixed systems, KDDI strengthens theframeworkfor services and will be able to make better use of its resources andoptimizeboth capital and operational expenditure. Ericsson's IMS will also pave thewayfor KDDI to launch additional services such as Rich Communications Suite(RCS),HD voice over LTE (VoLTE) and video calling over LTE - thereby opening upnewrevenue streams.

Yoshiharu Shimatani, Senior Vice President, General Manager, TechnologySector,Member of the Board, KDDI, says: "KDDI always strives to provide itssubscriberswith a superior user experience through constant technological innovation.Introducing IMS will enable us to make the most of KDDI's past investmentandlaunch additional rich services in future. With Ericsson's globalleadership indevelopment of new functions for IMS, we will be able to deliver everbetterservices."

Jan Signell, President and Representative Director of Ericsson Japan K.K.,says:"We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with KDDI to provide itsJapanese customers with the world's best IMS platform and new services. Thiscontract marks a major advance in our relationship with KDDI and we hope wewillbe able to develop our partnership with them in many other areas."

Ericsson will provide KDDI with a complete solution including IMS andsystemintegration.

Ericsson has taken the lead in IMS development and implementation based onthetechnologies accumulated since the telephone exchange era, with inimitabletrackrecords in the delivery of top-class IMS solutions.

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Ericsson IMS:http://www.ericsson.com/ourportfolio/products/ims?nav=productcategory002

Ericsson Flexible RCS solution:http://www.ericsson.com/ourportfolio/telecom-operators/consumer-communication?nav=marketcategory001

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