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Ericsson and Telenor sign global microwave transmission agreement


June 28, 2006, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) and Norwegian operator Telenor have signed a global frame agreement for the supply of microwave transmission solutions. The two year contract is an expansion of the existing partnership and covers all majority-owned Telenor group affiliates worldwide.

Under the contract, Ericsson will supply Telenor with its suite of MINI-LINK and Marconi branded point-to-point microwave transmission products. These include high-capacity radios, smart traffic nodes and both long- and short-haul systems.

As well as being the largest provider of fixed and mobile telecommunications services in Norway, Telenor has substantial international mobile operations. The Ericsson microwave transmission portfolio contribute to enabling the operator to serve this variety of needs with solutions that deliver cost-efficient coverage, high capacity for fixed and mobile broadband, and highly competitive ’second-mile’ backhaul solutions.

Sivert Bergman, Head of Broadband Networks at Ericsson, says: “This new agreement confirms our position as a major partner to Telenor globally, and takes our business relationship a step forward. With our strong product portfolio and our market and customer knowledge, we can meet any capacity and reliability requirements, quickly and efficiently.”

Ericsson offers a complete portfolio of transmission systems for fixed and mobile broadband networks. The unique combination of high-flexibility microwave and optical products enables Ericsson to meet virtually any transmission requirement end-to-end.

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 MINI-LINK portfolio
MINI-LINK offers an unmatched product range and reliability record in the short-haul segment. The portfolio includes both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint systems as well as smart nodes under a centralized management system. It offers the widest range of capacities, frequencies, antennas, accessories and services available on the market. Ericsson is the undisputed market leader in microwave transmission and has delivered more than 900,000 MINI-LINK all around the world.

About Ericsson’s Marconi LH
The Marconi LH is a long-haul SDH microwave radio system that transmits STM-1 data streams in the 4GHz to 13GHz frequency range. It provides 10xSTM-1s in one rack and a maximum of 20 STM-1s in two racks using a single antenna. Highly efficient utilization of the frequency bands is ensured by the 64 MLQAM and 128 MLQAM modulation schemes, in conjunction with a cross-polarization interference canceller (XPIC).


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