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Ericsson’s MINI-LINK selected by Ranks Telecom for expansion of transmission network in Bangladesh


January 9, 2007, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has signed a supply and delivery contract for PDH microwave radio, MINI-LINK, with Ranks Telecom, a leading PSTN operator in Bangladesh. The Ericsson equipment will be used in the expansion of the operator’s transmission network across the country, with particular focus on the areas around Comilla, Khulna, Bogra and Rajshahi.

This agreement, the third for MINI-LINK products, reaffirms Ericsson as sole supplier of transmission equipment to Ranks Telecom, which operates under the brand name RanksTel.

The solution will allow RanksTel to increase its subscriber base and network coverage across the country substantially.

Zakaria Swapan, CEO of RanksTel, says: "This is a great opportunity for RanksTel to bring telecommunication facilities to the remotest parts of the country. We are excited by the possibility of rolling out communication infrastructure to new areas, making it accessible to more people in the country.

“Ericsson has been a dependable business partner over the past three years. This strong experience, especially in regards to MINI-LINK products, gives us the confidence to further extend this partnership.”

Arun Bansal, managing director, Ericsson Bangladesh, says: “We are proud to have been selected by RanksTel once again. We have enjoyed a fruitful partnership in the past and are confident that through our strong local presence and expertise, we can help RanksTel to meet its future expansion and performance requirements.”

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About RanksTel
Ranks Telecom Limited, a member of the RANGS Group, launched its wireless phone-services under the brand name RanksTel on April 14, 2005. The company aims to bring telecommunication technology to all citizens at a very competitive price, and in so doing, contribute to the development of Bangladesh.

About Ericsson MINI-LINK portfolio
MINI-LINK offers an unmatched product range and reliability record in the short-haul segment. The portfolio includes point-to-point 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 1,000,000 MINI-LINK all around the world.


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