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Ericsson to boost BayanTel’s broadband services


June 20, 2006, Bayan Telecommunications, Inc. (BayanTel), has signed a frame agreement with Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) for the provision of Ericsson’s EDA solution to support high broadband subscriber growth in the Philippines.

The contract is part of an ongoing deployment of Ericsson’s EDA solution for BayanTel’s nationwide DSL rollout. Under the agreement, Ericsson will continuously provide a comprehensive portfolio of services to BayanTel, including supply, delivery, installation, integration, staff training, testing and commissioning of Ericsson’s IP-DSLAM Ethernet DSL Access solution, within the agreed time frame.

Covering BayanTel’s service areas in Metro Manila, the Bicol region, the Visayas and Mindanao regions, the deployment of Ericsson’s EDA solution will enable Bayantel to continue to provide an enhanced platform of broadband services and reliable, high-speed connections to more customers nationwide. The implementation of the new frame agreement will commence in June 2006.

Tunde Fafunwa, BayanTel’s chief executive consultant for business operations, says: “We have been working with Ericsson since late 2004 for our DSL rollout and we are pleased with Ericsson’s EDA solution, as well as with the implementation support we have received over the past years. The advantages of Ericsson’s solution, such as its redundant architecture, high flexibility and availability, backed by its strong local expertise, all play a key role in helping us to maintain our strong competitive edge and continuing dedication to customer service excellence.”

Rajendra Pangrekar, president and country manager of Ericsson Philippines, says: “We are proud to be able to play a role in supporting BayanTel’s goal of meeting the fast-growing demand for high-quality, high-performance broadband services in this country. As a long-term partner, we are fully committed to supporting Bayantel as it expands and further enhance its services to meet growing customer demand.”

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 Ericsson’s EDA solution
Ericsson’s industry-leading EDA solution has been supporting high-bandwidth-demanding services, with advanced quality-assurance mechanisms for demanding video applications since 2002. As the most scalable IP-DSLAM solution on the market, Ericsson EDA allows operators to develop their businesses beyond basic IP connectivity, ensuring the ability to offer triple-play services to home and office environments in a way that is cost efficient and future proof. Ericsson EDA is the most widely deployed IP-DSLAM solution globally, with more than 90 networks deployed to date. The introduction of a solution with the performance increased 10-fold, alongside the addition of new capabilities, makes it the best solution available for VDSL2 deployments in the off-site plant.

About BayanTel
BayanTel, a member of the Lopez Group of Companies and one of the top 100 companies in the Philippines in terms of gross revenue, has been providing an extensive range of telecommunications offerings and various voice and data applications to corporate and residential customers all over the country for more than 10 years. The company is also a leading provider of data communications services, such as dedicated domestic and international leased lines, frame relay services, internet access and DSL.


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