Tele2 selects Ericsson for mobile backhaul network expansion


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* Global frame agreement commenced December 2012

* Tele2 to use Ericsson MINI-LINK microwave radio solutions across its European operations

* Professional support services and training will also be provided

Tele2 has signed a frame agreement with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), commencingDecember 2012, for the expansion and upgrade of its mobile backhaul networkthroughout Europe.

Ericsson will provide Tele2 with its industry-leading MINI-LINK series ofmicrowave radio solutions as well as professional support services andtraining.

Robert Puskaric, President of Region Northern Europe and Central Asia atEricsson, says: "We have supplied MINI-LINK microwave products to Tele2 forseveral years and are pleased to be able to continue to support Tele2'sexpansion. Ericsson's MINI-LINK microwave product range will provide Tele2witha future-proof solution that supports both older technologies, such as GSMand3G, and large volumes of IP data traffic in next-generation LTE networks."

The widespread use of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, hasledto a dramatic increase in mobile network traffic.

One of the key features of Ericsson's MINI-LINK family of products isflexibility; they can be used both to create all-IP networks and innetworksthat are evolving from TDM to packet technology. The hybrid MINI-LINK TNandMINI-LINK CN can transport native Ethernet and native PDH (plesiochronousdigital hierarchy) data over the same hop, which gives cost-effectivemigrationfrom TDM to packet technology.

Ericsson is the microwave equipment market leader, having delivered morethan2.8 million microwave systems to more than 600 customers - includingoperators,governmental bodies and agencies - in more than 160 countries worldwide.


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