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Telcel first in the world to boost efficiency and reliability with Ericsson’s MSC Pool Solution


January 16, 2007, Telcel and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) have achieved the world’s first commercial implementation of 3GPP standardized MSC Pool technology. This technology is used together with the Ericsson Mobile Softswitch Solution to increase the effective softswitch capacity, while reducing operating expenses and providing efficient network-level redundancy.

Telcel will immediately benefit from the increased capacity of the Ericsson softswitch network, and from the reduced time and effort needed for network planning and routine operation and maintenance.

Telcel’s GSM/GPRS/EDGE network is growing rapidly and Ericsson’s MSC (Mobile Switching Center) Pool technology is expected to make network expansions easier and faster as it avoids major reconfiguration and re-parenting activities.

Fredrik Alatalo, vice president, Product Area Mobile Core at Ericsson, says: “We are extremely proud to have achieved the world’s first commercial implementation of this important new technology on time and to our customer’s satisfaction. We are very grateful for the help and close cooperation of Telcel’s technical staff in making this happen.”

Ericsson was the first company in the world to deploy softswitch technology in both wireline and mobile networks. This world-first reiterates Ericsson’s continued leadership in standards-compliant softswitch technology and its commitment to commercializing new innovations that improve its customers’ competitive advantage.

Ericsson’s Mobile Softswitch Solution is the world’s most widely deployed softswitch architecture solution. It powers about 50 percent of all the mobile networks with softswitch architecture that are in full commercial service.

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.


About Telcel, Mexico
Telcel is the leading wireless services provider in Mexico, with more than 41 million clients and 75 percent of the Mexican wireless market. In operation since 1989, Telcel offers a wide array of voice and data services in the largest TDMA network and GSM/GPRS/EDGE 1900 network in Latin America. Telcel is a subsidiary of América Móvil, (NYSE: AMX, NASDAQ: AMOV, BMV: AMX) the leading provider of wireless services in Latin America. As of October 30, 2006, it had more than 115 million wireless subscribers and 2 million fixed-wire lines in the Americas.

About Ericsson MSC (Mobile Switching Center) Pool
MSC Pool enables the area served by each individual MSC to be combined into a much larger “pool,” typically including five MSCs. Traffic from the whole area is distributed evenly between all the MSCs, increasing the effective MSC capacity through the smoothing of traffic fluctuations across adjoining regions. It also reduces the amount of network signaling.

If an MSC is out of service due to maintenance or failure, traffic is automatically distributed between the remaining MSCs in the pool, providing an “always up” service through network-level efficiency. Radio network equipment is configured towards an MSC Pool rather than an individual MSC. This makes network expansion much easier as pool capacity can be expanded simply by adding new MSCs to the pool and thus avoiding re-parenting and reconfiguration of core and radio network equipment.

Ericsson MSC Pool is fully compliant with 3GPP standards, enabling full support in multivendor networks.

About Ericsson softswitch solutions
Ericsson is the leading provider of softswitch solutions for both mobile and wireline networks. Ericsson’s solutions are commercially proven and fully standards-compliant, offering an efficient and low-risk evolution of existing circuit-switched networks to a telecom-quality, IP-based service platform. They use network resources in the most cost-efficient way to provide both classic telephony and next-generation services. More than 70 fixed and mobile operators worldwide have commercially launched services based on Ericsson’s softswitch solutions.


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