Ericsson powers EMT's commercial launch of HSDPA in Estonia

Pressmeddelande   •   Apr 26, 2006 09:24 CEST

Estonian mobile operator EMT launches commercial mobile broadband
services based on HSDPA in Tallinn, pioneering the technology in the
Baltic region. This launch follows the successful upgrade by Ericsson
(NASDAQ:ERICY) of EMT's 3G/WCDMA networks with HSDPA.

The upgrade to HSDPA enables EMT to introduce its customers to a new
generation of mobile services, including mobile broadband, mobile
video and mobile music. Under the agreement, Ericsson has delivered
commercial HSDPA hardware, software and implementation services.

Valdo Kalm, CEO of EMT, says: "We are very excited about this HSDPA
upgrade, which brings even more advanced services with higher
connection speed to our customers. Being the first operator in
Estonia to have launched this cutting-edge technology gives us a
strong position in the market and great opportunities to develop
mobile services further. Following our 3G launch in Q4 last year,
this is another significant step in our long-standing, successful
partnership with Ericsson."

Veiko Sepp, CEO of Ericsson Estonia, says: "We are proud to power
EMT's HSDPA launch, bringing this key technology to Estonian
consumers at a very early stage. We look forward to cooperating with
EMT as it brings the mobile services of the future to its customers."

Ericsson and EMT have built a strong partnership over the last
decade. Ericsson has previously been selected by EMT as sole supplier
of GSM Core and Radio Network, including GPRS/EDGE, and WCDMA/3G

Ericsson's HSDPA solution will enable peak download speeds of up to
14.4 Mbps. The advanced technology offers operators more than double
the system capacity and makes response times for interactive services
faster. On average, users will be able to download four times faster
than the current 3G connection using existing PC-cards, and 20 times
faster than with a GSM/GPRS connection.

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About EMT
EMT, a company in the Estonian Telecom group, majority owned by the
Telia Sonera Group, is the largest and most experienced mobile
communications operator in Estonia, with a leading position measured
by number of customers, financial indicators, development of coverage
and size of networks, diversity of services and potential of
value-added services. EMT is recognized for its leading-edge
innovative business activities: the company was the first in Estonia
to launch GPRS, 3G and now HSDPA services, and was one of the first
in Europe to offer a wide range of mobile internet services.