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Ericsson to expand Viettel’s GSM network in Vietnam


July 5, 2006, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) has signed a GSM network expansion contract with Viettel, the fastest growing mobile network operator in Vietnam, to extend its coverage in rural areas of Vietnam and increase its capacity in large metropolitan areas of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang.

Under the contract, Ericsson will provide Viettel with new core network nodes, radio base stations, and microwave transmission equipment. It also includes upgrades and expansions of functionality in the service layer such as charging and voicemail, as well as project management, integration and implementation services.

This expansion will further enhance Viettel’s network coverage, capacity and performance and support the operator to strengthen its competitive position in the Vietnamese mobile market.

Jan Signell, President of Ericsson South East Asia, says: “We are honoured to be chosen for this comprehensive network expansion and we are fully committed to supporting Viettel in growing its market share.”

“This contract will further enhance the cooperation between Ericsson and Viettel and strengthening Ericsson’s position as the leading provider of mobile systems in Vietnam,” concludes Signell.

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.



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