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Ericsson chosen by TeliaSonera to boost fixed broadband network


* Meeting consumers’ and enterprises’ demand for fixed high speed broadband
* Enabling new multimedia services and high-definition TV
* Ericsson chosen as sole supplier of one million access lines
* Improving speed in existing copper access network

TeliaSonera is upgrading its fixed broadband access network to offer businesses and consumers media-rich services such as high-definition TV, live video streaming and online gaming. Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) provides the broadband access network of one million lines based on VDSL2 technology.

Mikael Bäckström, Head of Ericsson Nordic and Baltics, says: “Operators’ decision to move from ADSL to VDSL2 is in line with consumers’ need to get more bandwidth at home. Combining the strength of its fiber access with existing copper access is an effective and fast way to deliver nationwide high-speed broadband.”

Internet use in Sweden is widespread, and according to Swedish statistics, almost 90 percent of households have home access. The goal for Swedish authorities is to secure access to even higher broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s.

Ove Alm, Senior Vice President of TeliaSonera Networks, says: “Enhancing our fixed broadband network will meet the booming demand for bandwidth. By boosting the speeds in both our fixed and mobile networks, our customers will be able to reach their personalized services irrespective of where they are and what device they are using.”

Under the agreement Ericsson will deliver EDA 1200 based on VDSL2 technology and related installation services. The contract includes Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Deployment starts in Sweden and will run over the next 12 months.

The VDSL2-based technology offers unprecedented speeds on existing copper lines, opening up new opportunities for operators to provide customers with high-speed broadband services. By using VDSL2, operators can extend its fiber connections into existing copper lines in the last mile, and thereby maximize the reuse of the existing infrastructure.

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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 the leading position in managed services. The company’s portfolio comprises 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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