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Telenor’s next generation communication


* New frame agreement between Telenor and Ericsson for more cost-efficient fixed voice production
* Telenor enabled to offer Norwegians personalized and richer telephony services such as chat, presence, and video communication in the fixed network
* Transformation to a common all-IP (IMS) core and service platform provides cost efficiency and prepares the ground for new revenue streams
* Telenor secures a future-proof path for convergence of their mobile and fixed networks, while preparing for 4G

Imagine a communication service that automatically follows you wherever you go, and you could see the status of your friends and contacts on any of your phones and devices and then connect easily to them with voice, video or chat. A service that lets everyone in the house know that an incoming call was specifically for you. Well, this can become reality for Telenor’s subscribers in Norway thanks to the new IMS based solution, Multimedia Telephony (MMTel) from Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC).

Telenor, Norway’s largest fixed and mobile telecommunications service provider, is constantly seeking new ways to provide additional value for their customers. By transforming its fixed network into one IP-based converged network (IMS) and by gradually migrating all of its subscribers to a common IP-based service platform, Telenor secures a future service offering with high quality voice and multimedia services. The platform is also made ready for the introduction of 4G voice.

Ericsson will, under this contract, also consolidate all mobile and fixed subscriber data into a centralized user database based on a Data Layered Architecture (DLA). This will allow Telenor to integrate its fixed and mobile service offering while providing a flexible service package serving the specific needs of entire households and businesses.

Robert Puskaric, Head of Region Northern Europe and Central Asia says: “Because our solution is designed to allow for cost-efficient rich communication, it provides a future-proof way to consolidate Telenor’s existing networks and get the most out of the new multimedia services entering the market. We are proud to drive the evolution of the network for an innovative and forward looking operator like Telenor, starting with the fixed voice services.”

Rolv-Erik Spilling, CTO Telenor Norway, explains how the MMTel and IMS solution first and foremost will modernize the production systems and reduce the cost for fixed voice services and then also serve as a platform for increase of our revenues. “By transforming all services to IP-based technology, our subscribers can over time benefit from richer and more convenient communications; for example, knowing who is available for a call and having an individual number for each member of the family. The richer functions will make it possible for us to create tailor-made offerings for users or groups with very specific and differentiating needs such as family and business users.”

Under the agreement, Ericsson is the sole supplier of the new MultiMedia Telephony (MMTel) solution in Telenor’s fixed network and the prime integrator of the project. The solution includes an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) Core network, Ericsson’s own MMTel Application Server (MTAS) and an Ericsson Data Layered Architecture solution for consolidating user data.

Telenor Group:

The Telenor Group is an international provider of high quality tele, data and media communication services with mobile operations in 13 markets across the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia. Headquartered in Norway, the Telenor Group is among the largest mobile operators in the world with 174 million mobile subscriptions (per Q4 2009), revenues in 2009 of NOK 107 billion, and a workforce of more than 40,000 (all numbers include Kyivstar). Telenor is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (TEL).

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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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