Ericsson

Ericsson and Telecom Italia Group strengthen their partnership for mobile communication

Pressmeddelande   •   Jun 16, 2003 11:45 CEST

Ericsson announced today that it has signed a Letter of Intent with
Telecom Italia Group further extending the commercial relationship
regarding the supply of mobile communication solutions.

Under the Letter of Intent, a Global Frame Agreement will be signed
to regulate terms and conditions for the supply to subsidiaries
within Telecom Italia Group for GSM, EDGE and UMTS (WCDMA) equipment
and related services. Moreover, the Letter of Intent covers
collaboration in R&D, standardization and product and service
innovation related activities. The Global Frame Agreement will
reinforce the existing relationship between the two companies.

"Ericsson has supported TIM and other Telecom Italia mobile
operations since the beginning, and has had a key role in most of the
Group's start-ups. This Global Frame Agreement confirms our
commitment to further contribute to the success of TIM and Telecom
Italia in this challenging market environment," says Cesare Avenia,
Head of Ericsson Market Unit in Italy and Head of Global Customer
Unit TIG. "This agreement represents a significant recognition of
Ericsson's technological leadership and our ability to sustain
Telecom Italia Group also in its future successful business growth."

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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Peter Olofsson, Director Public Relations
Ericsson, Corporate Communications
Phone: + 46 8 719 18 80, + 46 8 719 69 92
E-mail: press.relations@lme.ericsson.se

About EDGE
Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution (EDGE) is a 3G-compliant
wireless technology that enables high-speed (384 kilobits per second)
transmission of large amounts of data. EDGE can be deployed
inexisting GSM 800, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz frequency bands and
complements UMTS (WCDMA) technology. EDGE uses the same TDMA
(TimeDivision Multiple Access) frame structure, logic channel and
200kHz carrier bandwidth as today's GSM networks, which allows
existing cellplans to remain intact. This means that operators can
offer high-speed multi-media services with total protection of their
initial network investment. To learn more about Ericsson's EDGE
solution, please visit http://www.ericsson.com