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Netgear routers go mobile with Ericsson


* Ericsson’s 3G mobile broadband modules in Netgear’s routers
* Cost-efficient internet access for locations that lack wireline infrastructure
* Internet access from buses, trains, cars, boats

Netgear is a world-leading brand in the small- to medium-sized businesses and home router segment. Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) will supply mobile broadband module technology to Netgear.

Mobile network connections for routers are becoming increasingly popular in many countries as a backup for or alternative to wireline broadband. Ericsson and Netgear have teamed to expand the mobile broadband market into new application areas and user segments, helping mobile operators generate higher revenues as their customers realize more reasons to use 3G networks for multiple data applications.

Michael Clegg, vice president and general manager of the Netgear Service Provider business unit, says: “We are thrilled to cooperate with Ericsson, the global leader in 3G mobile broadband network technology. This collaboration furthers our position with mobile operators, and the resulting mobile platform can be migrated to higher speeds and enabled with added features going forward. It is a clear win-win partnership.”

Mats Norin, head of Mobile Broadband Modules at Ericsson, added: “Mobile broadband connectivity over HSPA in routers opens up new opportunities in yet-untapped home, SoHo and semi nomadic user scenarios. We are excited to deliver mobile broadband connectivity to a new segment, home network routers for Netgear.”

The new router from Netgear combines HSPA technology with 802.11n wireless and Ethernet LAN. It sports 270 Mbps on the wireless LAN side and a full-featured firewall. It also allows fast large file downloads and real time media playback of high-quality digital movies, photos and MP3s.

3G/HSPA mobile broadband technology is deployed in more than 300 networks in more than 130 countries. Besides delivering the network infrastructure and services, Ericsson also provides mobile broadband modules for HSPA. To date, Ericsson has officially announced agreements with LG, Toshiba, Dell, Lenovo and Sony.

The new router with 3G radio will be showcased at Ericsson’s exhibition area at Hall 6, La Fira, Barcelona, during the GSMA Mobile World Congress, February 15-18. Access is by invitation only. Media need to contact Ericsson Corporate Public & Media Relations.

Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has a leading position in managed services. The company’s portfolio comprises of mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision of being the “prime driver in an all-communicating world” through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 80,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 206.5 billion (USD 27.1 billion) in 2009. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX NASDAQ, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.


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