Ericsson selected as sole supplier for wireless broadband access by Skanova

January 12, 2002

Ericsson has been awarded a contract by Telia Group company, Skanova, for delivery of a wireless broadband access network for Telia. Skanova is the first operator in Sweden to select a supplier for an LMDS wireless broadband network, following December 2001 award of licenses for the spectrum in Sweden. Deployment of the network begins in the first quarter of 2002.

The 2 year frame agreement covers supply of Ericsson's Wireless Broadband Access, MINI-LINK. Skanova will offer both high capacity services and more refined services for data communication, telephony and Internet at user speeds up to 20 Mbit/s.

LMDS is a microwave-based access or transmission technology used by operators to address enterprises, buildings or mobile base stations with services, or to offer wholesale to other operators. LMDS is a complementary technology to xDSL and fiber. Advantages for the operator are that fiber-like services and capacities can be offered at installation speeds dramatically shorter than with alternative technologies.

"We have chosen the supplier that has the best combination of technical performance, quality, first-class support and development competence," said Ove Alm, Marketing Director at Skanova. "We have positive experiences with Ericsson's radio technology through previous projects and our choice of supplier will enable a rapid introduction of our products on the market."

The contract leverages Ericsson's global market leadership in microwave access systems in which it holds a 40 percent market share. This is more than twice as much as its closest competitor.

"We are proud to have obtained this strategic win from a firmly established operator," said Karl Thedeen, Key Account Director for Skanova, at Ericsson Nordic and Baltics. "Scandinavia is regarded as a very important reference market by the whole LMDS industry. This win demonstrates Ericsson's competence and the competitiveness of our solutions."

Ericsson has already delivered more than 45 commercial LMDS systems worldwide and its proven MINI-LINK point-to-point solution is deployed in more than 110 countries

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