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Ericsson chosen by Warid Telecom as prime integrator for first in-building solution in Bangladesh

Pressmeddelande   •   Feb 13, 2007 10:15 CET

Warid Telecom International LLC, Bangladesh Operation (Warid Telecom)
has awarded Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) a prime integrator contract to
plan, design and integrate an in-building solution spanning 43 cities
across Bangladesh. The day-to-day operations will be added to the
scope of the existing managed services partnership.

The in-building solution (IBS) improves wireless coverage inside
buildings, resulting in stronger signals at indoor locations.
Visitors and employees in the buildings may, for instance, use their
mobile phones and laptops to access data previously not accessible
via wireless devices.

The IBS being deployed for Warid Telecom will enable mobile phone
users to enjoy advanced communications with seamless and high-quality
coverage, as well as international roaming services. The system
design will target key areas covering airports, shopping centers,
hotels, hospitals, banks, government institutions and commercial
centers. The system will also support smooth migration to 3G.

Muneer Farooqui, Chief Executive Officer, Warid Telecom Bangladesh,
says: "Ericsson has proven to be a reliable and committed partner in
Bangladesh. Our focus is to ensure that we offer our customers a
high-quality network and wide range of differentiating services that
will add value to their lives, as well as redefine customer service
in the country.

"Warid Telecom's network will have high quality, capacity and
coverage, which is unique in Bangladesh for any operator at launch.
We are confident that with Ericsson as our strategic partner - with
their cutting-edge technology, as well as their local competence -
Warid will be able to meet its commitment of bringing superior mobile
communication to the people of Bangladesh."

Arun Bansal, Country Manager, Ericsson Bangladesh, says this contract
further strengthens Ericsson's leadership in in-building
communication solutions. "This is a significant milestone for
Ericsson Bangladesh. We are honored to have the confidence of Warid
Telecom to develop and integrate this best-in-class in-building
communication solution.

"We are confident of being able to fulfill Warid Telecom's specific
requirements for the Bangladeshi market. Ericsson's global experience
and competitive state-of-the-art solutions are key to ensuring the
success of this project, backed by a strong local presence and
expertise," he says. "We look forward to being the partner of choice
for Warid Telecom in the future."

Under this contract, Ericsson will install in-building solutions in
more than 100 buildings across 43 cities in Bangladesh.

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 Warid Telecom
Warid Telecom International LLC, Bangladesh Operation (Warid Telecom)
was awarded a GSM license in December 2005 to launch its cellular
services in Bangladesh. Warid Telecom is chaired by a member of the
royal family of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al
Nahayan. Apart from having a substantial shareholding in Bank Alfalah
and United Bank Limited, the Abu Dhabi Group also has other
international investments in the telecommunications, finance,
hospitality, property, oil exploration and supplies, and automobile
industries. Warid Telecom's stated strategy for its Bangladesh
operations is to achieve technical differentiation based on premium
quality of service, innovative or differentiated propositions,
next-generation or future-proof architectures, and solutions that
ensure efficient operation and scalable networks.