CenturyLink will enhance customer experience with Ericsson Service Agility *Ericsson delivers Service Agility based on Service Innovation Framework, a catalog-driven OSS/BSS software suite *Service Agility will enable CenturyLink to quickly deliver new enterprise applications *Significant milestone in Ericsson's mission to support operators in becoming agile and successfully differentiating themselves in a competitive marketplace STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) have signed an agreement for a next-generation OSS/BSS solution. Through this joint development effort, Ericsson will utilize its Service Innovation Framework to help enhance the CenturyLink customer experience, giving enterprise customers more control over their services and helping reduce service delivery times. This new solution, which will begin implementation at the end of 2014 and continue through 2015, will enable CenturyLink to simplify its business processes through the use of a single platform for delivering next-generation products such as Global Ethernet, Internet, Virtual Private Network and Optical Wavelength services to its enterprise customers. As part of this effort, CenturyLink will implement an open Application Program Interface (API) structure, allowing quicker delivery of new products and features. "Ericsson's Service Agility will help support our goals to simplify our business and better serve our customers by enabling faster product delivery, enhancing service capabilities and providing back office support for the software-defined network and virtualized environment we are creating," said James Feger, CenturyLink Vice President of Network Strategy and Development. "We recognize the value of Ericsson's thought leadership and innovation and are excited that our collaboration on this new OSS/BSS solution will provide our customers with an enhanced service experience." Ericsson is utilizing its OSS/BSS and Service Enablement portfolio to provide its customers with a unified, end-to-end framework to support new business models, enable rapid introduction of new products including M2M and digital services, and help transition from legacy to consolidated next-generation systems and business processes. Global providers must be more agile than ever in addressing changing market needs. To meet consumer demand, operators need to improve the customer experience, capture new revenues and drive business efficiencies. Ericsson is enabling these efforts with a comprehensive, unified OSS and BSS product suite that combines business, IT and network capabilities. Per Borgklint, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Support Solutions, Ericsson, says: "We continue to build upon our wide and deep portfolio to bring pre-integrated solutions to the market for faster time-to-market and lower total cost of ownership. CenturyLink is leveraging these next-generation advancements with the full integration of the former Telcordia and ConceptWave products into the Ericsson portfolio. With Service Agility, CenturyLink will be in the next wave of solution owners delivering the best customer experience in the enterprise space." During Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, Ericsson is showing world-leading technology and service capabilities and innovations. We believe that anything that benefits from a connection will be connected, and we lead the way with solutions that drive the development in mobility, broadband and the cloud, creating the foundation for eco-systems and transformation across industries. We are your guide in the Networked Society. You can find us at MWC in Hall 2, Stand 2S60. Follow us during the event using @Ericsson and @Networked_Soc and join the discussion using #MWC14. Insights from our experts and Networked Society evangelists are also published on our blog during the event. NOTES TO EDITORS About CenturyLink CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism(TM) TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com Ericsson Mobile World Congress Media Kit Download high-resolution photos and broadcast-quality video at www.ericsson.com/press Ericsson is a world-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 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 are more than 110,000 people working with customers in more than 180 countries. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2013 the company's net sales were SEK 227.4 billion (USD 34.9 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges. www.ericsson.com www.ericsson.com/news www.twitter.com/ericssonpress www.facebook.com/ericsson www.youtube.com/ericsson FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Ericsson Corporate Communications Phone: +46 10 719 69 92 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ericsson Investor Relations Phone: +46 10719 00 00 E-mail: email@example.com CenturyLink Corporate Communications Stephanie Meisse Phone: 419-755-8433 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org CenturyLink selects Ericsson's Service Agility http://hugin.info/1061/R/1763977/597956.pdf HUG#1763977
CenturyLink will enhance customer experience with Ericsson Service Agility
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