Slovak Telekom launches nationwide 4G/LTE network with Ericsson

Slovak Telekom launches nationwide 4G/LTE network with Ericsson

  *New LTE network is a part of the most extensive and technologically
    advanced mobile broadband network in Slovakia
  *LTE provides enhanced mobile broadband experience for subscribers
  *As sole vendor of the radio network, Ericsson extends its long-term
    co-operation with Slovak Telekom

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Slovak Telekom has
launched a 4G LTE network in five cities in Slovakia, more locations will
follow soon.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) is the sole vendor for the LTE radio network, which is
based on the multi-standard RBS 6000 base station. The network operates at
1800MHz and offers a maximum theoretical speed of 73Mbps download and 23Mbps
upload. Circuit-switched fallback (CSFB) ensures that voice calls and text
messages are delivered to LTE devices through the use of a 2G/3G
circuit-switched network.

Miroslav Majoroš, Chairman of the Board and CEO at Slovak Telekom, says: "We
have launched first Slovak nationwide LTE network and our ambition is to build
the most advanced mobile network in our country. Following the launch in five
cities we plan to cover 20% population of Slovakia in first three months and
more locations will follow in 2014. This is new generation network for mobile
devices introducing faster downloads, better latency and enabling better usage
of smartphones, tablets and mobile apps. LTE is our eighth technology premiere
in 12 years and confirms our leader position in technology and innovations in

Valter D'Avino, Ericsson Head of Region Western & Central Europe, says: "We
are proud to be supporting Slovak Telekom in the launch of Slovakia's largest
LTE network and expanding our successful 16 year relationship by adding the
provision of 4G to our existing business as sole supplier of 2G, 3G and
circuit core hardware and software."

This LTE rollout contract marks the continuation of long-standing cooperation
between Slovak Telekom and Ericsson, and includes systems integration, network
optimization, multi-vendor verification and related services.

Ericsson is the operator's sole supplier of 2G and 3G radio, as well as
circuit core hardware and software, including IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem).
With the Ericsson IMS Slovak Telekom will evolve its current voice business to
support VoLTE in the future. This will enable HD voice, video calling over LTE
and other new flexible communication services. Ericsson is also providing
managed services for Slovak Telekom's fixed network operations.


About Slovak Telekom

Slovak Telekom is the largest Slovak multimedia operator and the second
largest in mobile. Of a total 6.416 million active SIM-cards in the Slovak
market, Slovak Telekom held 2.175 million in September 2013.

Today, more than 80 percent of the population has 3G/HSPA+ coverage and the
new addition of 4G means that Slovak Telekom continues to be a technology
leader in building mobile broadband networks. The company is a member of the
multinational Deutsche Telekom Group.

About Ericsson and LTE

Today, 50 percent of the world's LTE smartphone traffic is served by Ericsson
networks, which is more than double the traffic of our closest competitor.
More than 180 LTE RAN and Evolved Packet Core networks have been delivered
worldwide, of which more than 110 have gone live commercially. Ericsson is
present today in all high-traffic LTE markets including the US, Japan, South
Korea, Australia and Canada, and has been selected by nine of the top 10 LTE
operators, ranked in terms of worldwide LTE subscriptions.

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Slovak Telekom launches nationwide 4G/LTE network with Ericsson

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