Ericsson and mobilkom austria commercially launch HSPA Evolution

Monday, 23. March 2009 14:45
As first provider in Europe leading operator mobilkom austria today
commercially activated enhanced mobile-broadband services powered by
HSPA Evolution, Ericsson's (NASDAQ:ERIC) latest high-speed
broadband-access technology. HSPA Evolution, commercially marketed as
HSPA+ by mobilkom austria, boosts network capacity in and enables
peak data rates of up to 21Mbps, significantly improving users'
mobile-broadband experience.

The network upgrade allows the customers of mobilkom austria - the
Austrian market-leader with 400.000 mobile broadband customers - to
enhance their mobile-broadband experience with the highest speeds in
Austria and confirms mobilkom austria and Ericsson's leadership in
mobile-broadband technology.

The step to 21Mbps peak rate adds a new dimension to the broadband
experience, providing significantly faster internet browsing and file
downloads. It increases network capacity and allows a greater number
of customers to enjoy higher mobile broadband speeds especially in
congested areas.

Ericsson is the main supplier for the upgrade of mobilkom austria's
WCDMA/HSPA radio-access network with the HSPA Evolution step to
21Mbps, and is also responsible for network deployment and
integration services. Transmission speed of up to 28 Mbps will be
reached in the course of the year.

Hannes Ametsreiter, CMO mobilkom austria AG and CEO Telekom Austria
TA AG, says: "Ericsson's HSPA Evolution technology provides us with
the fastest, most advanced mobile-broadband network in the country
and allows us to significantly enhance our customers' true
mobile-broadband experience."

Roland Nordgren, Head of Ericsson Central Europe and President of
Ericsson Austria, says: "This launch marks an important milestone for
mobile broadband in Austria. We are proud to provide mobilkom austria
with the latest mobile-broadband technology and support its position
as a leader in innovation."

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Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services
to telecom operators. The market leader in 2G and 3G mobile
technologies, Ericsson supplies communications services and manages
networks that serve more than 250 million subscribers. The company's
portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, and
broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and
developers. The Sony Ericsson joint venture provides consumers with
feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision of 'communication for all' through
innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working
in 175 countries, more than 70,000 employees generated revenue of USD
27 billion (SEK 209 billion) in 2008. Founded in 1876 and
headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX Nordic
Exchange Stockholm and NASDAQ

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About the HSPA Evolution step to 21Mbps
This improvement is the first step of HSPA Evolution, also called
HSPA+. Using enhancements standardized by the 3rd Generation
Partnership Project (3GPP), it brings the maximum downlink speed for
HSPA to 21Mbps, much higher than the current maximum of 14Mbps. The
step to 21Mbps is obtained by using a higher-order modulation called
64QAM, which makes it possible for HSPA systems to send data bits at
a higher rate. For Ericsson base stations, the enhancement is a
software-only upgrade. Consumer devices that support the higher speed
are already available. Future steps in the HSPA Evolution path
include the addition of technologies such as
Multiple-Input/Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technologies and
multi-carrier functionality. By combining these improvements,
downlink speeds of 168Mbps and uplink speeds exceeding 20Mbps will be
possible. The mentioned data rates are peak-network rates. Actual
customer-data rates can be lower, and will vary due to congestion,
distance from the base station, local conditions, hardware, software
and other factors.


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