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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Elisa's Enterprise Business

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Finnish operator Elisa, the largest provider of enterprise communication services in Finland, have signed an agreement for managed services under which Ericsson will manage and develop Elisa's multivendor enterprise back-office environment.

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Finnish operator Elisa, the largest provider of enterprise communication services in Finland, have signed an agreement for managed services under which Ericsson will manage and develop Elisa's multivendor enterprise back-office environment.

Ericsson will be responsible for remote maintenance and change management for traditional and IP-based PBXs used by Elisa's enterprise customers. In addition, the contract covers part of the field service in the Uusimaa region of Finland.

The agreement is Ericsson's first multivendor managed services deal in the enterprise area in Finland, and will provide the operator with increased efficiency. Elisa and Ericsson will also strengthen their cooperation in enterprise system sales.

Jukka-Pekka Pelttari, Head of After Sales Services at Elisa, says: "Outsourcing these functions to Ericsson as a strategic partner for managed services is an important step in strengthening Elisa's market position. This partnership will allow us to focus even more on our customers, and further explore Elisa's full growth potential as the major provider of enterprise communication services in Finland."

Mikael Bäckström, President of Ericsson Nordic and Baltics, says: "We are proud to support a pioneering operator such as Elisa in further strengthening its competitiveness in the enterprise communication arena. For Ericsson this agreement is a result of our focus on the enterprise segment, giving us the opportunity to invest further in the potential of this business area, both as end-to-end solution providers and a managed services business partner for enterprises and operators."

As part of the deal, 56 Elisa employees will be transferred to Ericsson, strengthening Ericsson's existing services capabilities in Finland and globally.

Ericsson's managed services offering has been developed to strengthen operators' and enterprises' competitiveness by achieving savings in network operations, shorter time-to-market for new services and technologies, and optimum quality of service.

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.


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About Ericsson's managed services offering

Ericsson has the telecom industry's most comprehensive offering in managed services, ranging from designing, building, operating and managing day-to-day operation of a customers networks, to hosting service applications and enablers, as well as providing network coverage and capacity on demand. As the undisputed leader in managed services, Ericsson has officially announced more than 100 managed services contracts with operators worldwide since 2002. Excluding hosting, Ericsson is managing networks that together serve 135 million subscribers worldwide.

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Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Finnish operator Elisa have successfully launched HSPA on the uplink in Elisa's 3G network.

HSPA on the uplink (also known as Enhanced Uplink or HSUPA) allows data transfer speeds of 1.4 Mbps, more than three times the speed of traditional 3G networks. Higher bit rates for outgoing traffic improves the end-user experience of mobile broadband services such as video conferencing, file sharing and sending e-mails with attachments.

Panu Lehti, Executive Vice President at Elisa, says: "We will further speed up mobilization of internet services and applications for our customers e.g. with HSPA on the uplink."

Janne Laitala, President, Ericsson Finland, says: "HSPA on the uplink is an important milestone in the evolution of HSPA and we are happy to take this step with Elisa. With the take-off of online communities and video-sharing services, greater uplink speed will add a new, mobile dimension to such activities."

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Ericsson's 3G/HSPA reference list is available at


About Elisa Corporation
Elisa Oyj is a leading Finnish communications service company that offers its private, corporate and institutional customers voice and telecommunication services, customized communications services solutions and network operator services. Elisa leads the Finnish broadband market with more than 513,000 subscriptions. It is a forerunner in providing new mobile and content services and has more than 2.2 million mobile phone subscribers in addition to 1.3 million fixed-line subscriptions.
Elisa offers services through the Elisa, Saunalahti and Kolumbus brands, and internationally in association with its partners Vodafone and Telenor.

About Ericsson's HSPA solution
Ericsson's HSPA solution, part of Ericsson's Full Service Broadband offering, enables download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps and upload speeds of 1.4Mbps. The advanced technology lets operators more than double their system capacity and cuts response times for interactive services. On average, users will be able to download 20 times faster than with a GSM/GPRS connection. Future evolution steps will increase the HSPA download speed to 42Mbps and the upload speed to 12Mbps. Ericsson offers HSPA support on many frequency bands ranging from 850MHz to 2.6GHz.

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