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Ericsson’s charging and value-added services solutions selected by Warid Telecom


June 20, 2006, Warid Telecom (Warid) has chosen Ericsson’s (NASDAQ: ERICY) real-time charging solution, as well as value-added services solutions (VAS), to be deployed in its Bangladesh network. Covering 61 districts in Bangladesh, the project is expected to be completed this year.

Under the agreement signed recently, Ericsson will supply Warid with its charging system, providing the mobile operator with functionalities such as real-time costs and spending control, and real-time bonus and balance notifications.

The agreement also includes the provisioning of VAS solutions such as MMS, SMS, WAP, voice mail services (VMS) and Missed Call Notification (MCN), enabling Warid to offer new revenue-generating services to its customers.

Farhan J. Khan, Chief Technical Officer of Warid Telecom International LLC, Bangladesh Operations, says: “Being in a greenfield scenario within Bangladesh, it is critical for us to be able to launch high-quality services in a fast and cost-efficient way. It is our aim to be the preferred mobile-service operator with an ability to provide enhanced communications services and experiences to our customers.”

Muneer Farooqui, Chief Executive Officer of Warid Telecom International LLC, Bangladesh Operations, adds: “Ericsson has proven that it is a very strong partner that an operator can rely on for support and commitment. Together with its technology leadership in GSM, proven track record and strong local presence, Ericsson is an ideal partner for us”.

Arun Bansal, Managing Director, Ericsson Bangladesh, says: “We are proud that Warid has selected Ericsson as their partner for this important milestone. We are fully committed towards supporting Warid in its efforts to deliver a wide range of new and differentiating services to its customers.”

Ericsson Charging System is the most widely deployed real-time charging solution for telecom networks, catering for more than 250 million subscribers at more than 110 operators.

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 Warid Telecom
Warid Telecom International LLC, Bangladesh Operation (Warid) was recently awarded a GSM license to launch its cellular services in Bangladesh. Warid Telecom is chaired by a member of the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi, His Highnes Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan. It is part of the Dhabi Group, which is a player in telecommunications, hospitality and property, oil exploration and supplies, and automobile industries. Warid Telecom’s stated strategy for its Bangladesh operations is to achieve technical differentiation based around premium quality of service, innovative or differentiated propositions, next-generation or future-proof architectures, and solutions that ensure efficient operation and scalable networks.


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