Ericsson and Telstra partner to enhance and expand LTE innovation

Ericsson and Telstra partner to enhance and expand LTE innovation 
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- (Marketwire) -- 02/25/13 --    * Telstra and
Ericsson agree to extend strategic partnership to deliver world-class
LTE experience for Telstra users and expand Telstra's LTE network 
across Australia 
* Advanced technology trial and subsequent deployment of
LTE-Advanced Carrier 
Aggregation in 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum
* LTE heterogeneous network trial and LTE Broadcast trial to
further enhance 
Telstra's network 
Telstra and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced the renewal of
their longstanding strategic partnership to deliver a world-class LTE
experience for
Telstra's users. The renewed contract, announced at the
Mobile World Congress,
will include an expansion of Telstra's LTE
network across Australia, reaching
more Australians with improved
coverage, capacity and availability. 
The partnership also includes the implementation of a program of
advanced technology trials - of LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation, LTE
heterogeneous networks and LTE Broadcast - to further enhance
Telstra's network. 
Nearly 1.6 million mobile subscribers have joined Telstra over the
past 12 months and data usage on its Next G network is doubling each
David Thodey, Chief Executive Officer of Telstra, says: "Telstra is
very proud
of the work that we are undertaking with Ericsson to ensure
Australia remains at the forefront of mobile connectivity. We believe
these initiatives are a way of efficiently maintaining our high
quality network and meeting sustained, growing
customer demand." 
By combining spectrum assets for LTE networks - such as the use of
the 1800MHz
and 900MHz bands - the LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation
trial will pave the way
for future improvements in capacity and
Ericsson's coordinated solution for small cells in heterogeneous
networks ensures high-quality capacity and connectivity in even the
most densely populated city areas. The Telstra trial will examine how
small-cell technology
can improve the future scalability and
densification of its LTE network. 
In the third trial for 2013, for the LTE Broadcast solution, Ericsson
will deploy Evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS)
technology into
Telstra's live network. As part of the trial, premium
video and file-based content will be broadcast over the LTE network
to test how video and other content can be more efficiently delivered
through application of dynamic offload, particularly in dense
consumption scenarios. 
Ericsson President and CEO Hans Vestberg says: "Under this agreement,
continues as Telstra's prime vendor of 3G and 4G RAN
technology. The trials for
Telstra will provide insights applicable
not only on the Australian market but
also globally. For example, the
heterogeneous networks trial will be of interest
to operators around
the world who want to ensure capacity and connectivity in
populated city areas. And the LTE Broadcast trial will show how
technology can deliver media content efficiently over LTE." 
The agreement includes provision of hardware, software, customer
service, construction services and the innovative technology trials. 
During Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Ericsson showcases
its combined
technology and services leadership for the ICT industry.
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