Orange, Ericsson and Qualcomm have successfully completed the world's first live demonstration of supplemental downlink

 Orange, Ericsson and Qualcomm have successfully completed the world's first
 live demonstration of supplemental downlink technology on L-band frequencies

  PR Newswire

  PARIS, Feb. 21, 2013

PARIS, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Orange, Ericsson and Qualcomm
Incorporated, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies,
Inc., have successfully used L-band frequencies to demonstrate the use of
supplemental downlink technology on a mobile network, thereby confirming the
potential of this approach to increase mobile broadband capacity and enhance
user experience. The demonstration was carried out on Orange's network in
Toulouse, France, on 21 February 2013. The performance and benefits of this
technology will be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, on
Ericsson's stand.

Orange , Ericsson and Qualcomm to drive innovation on mobile network
efficiency This initiative was achieved in the context of the recent decision
from the CEPT (European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications
Administration) to harmonize use of the L-band (1452-1492 MHz), reserving it
specifically for supplemental downlink technology.

The trial system, which uses L-band frequencies for testing, was authorized by
the French telecoms regulator, Arcep, in June 2012. The system combines L-band
frequencies in the downlink mode with traditional 2.1 GHz frequencies owned by
Orange to boost downlink capacity. The trial network uses radio base stations
supplied by Ericsson and devices equipped with Qualcomm chipsets.

The live demonstration held today in Toulouse has clearly demonstrated the
relevance of this technology for increasing download speed and improving user

The performance and benefits obtained at this live demonstration will be
presented at the Mobile World Congress:

  *on February 26 at 12:30
  *at the Ericsson Experience stand, Hall 2

Supplemental downlink, a promising technology for optimizing data traffic on
tomorrow's networks Supplemental downlink is a new technology that can be used
to increase downlink capacity on both 3G and LTE networks. The technology
represents a significant step forward in traditional spectrum aggregation
systems that are already used for HSPA+ and LTE networks by the 3GPP
standardization group. Supplemental downlink is a technological breakthrough
as it provides a significantly enhanced technique for using radio spectrum for
wireless networks. Supplemental downlink technology can now be used in the
L-Band and could also be considered in other frequency bands.

This new technology will allow network operators to manage the ever-increasing
demand for data service on wireless networks and provide improved performance
for end users.

"After two years of extensive studies, CEPT ECC decided to harmonise the
L-band for Supplemental Downlink. I am happy to see the industry materializing
rapidly this decision which will generate substantial benefits to European
users," said Eric Fournier, chairman of the Electronic Communications

About OrangeFrance Telecom-Orange is one of the world's leading
telecommunications operators with sales of 45.3 billion euros for 2011 and has
170,000 employees worldwide at 30 September 2012, including 105,000 employees
in France. Present in 33 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 227
million customers at 30 September 2012, including 169 million mobile customers
and 15 million broadband internet (ADSL, fibre) customers worldwide. Orange is
one of the main European operators for mobile and broadband internet services
and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in
providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.

With its industrial project, "conquest s 2015", Orange is simultaneously
addressing its employees, customers and shareholders, as well as the society
in which the company operates, through a concrete set of action plans. These
commitments are expressed through a new vision of human resources for
employees; through the deployment of a network infrastructure upon which the
Group will build its future growth; through the Group's ambition to offer a
superior customer experience thanks in particular to improved quality of
service; and through the acceleration of international development.

France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (compartment A) and
on the New York Stock Exchange.

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About EricssonEricsson is the world's leading provider of communications
technology and services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient
real-time solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more
freely, in sustainable societies around the world. Our offering comprises
services, software and infrastructure within Information and Communications
Technology for telecom operators and other industries.Today more than 40
percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and we
support customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscribers.We
operate in 180 countries and employ more than 100,000 people.Founded in 1876,
Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 the company's net
sales were SEK 226.9 billion (USD 35.0 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ
OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges

About Qualcomm IncorporatedQualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world
leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm
Incorporated includes Qualcomm's licensing business, QTL, and the vast
majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries,
substantially all of Qualcomm's engineering, research and development
functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses,
including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm
ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications,
linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each
other. For more information, visit Qualcomm's website , OnQ blog , Twitter and
Facebook pages.

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Orange Tom Wright, +33 1 44 44 93 93,

Ericsson Corporate Public & Media Relations Phone: +46 10 719 69 92E-mail:

Qualcomm Contacts: Tina Asmar, Corporate CommunicationsPhone:

Warren Kneeshaw, Investor RelationsPhone: 1-858-658-4813Email:

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