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 March 03, 2000
Ericsson Wireless Internet Technology Meets The Challenge Of America's Cup 2000

 The America's Cup 2000 yachting regatta is now all over with New Zealand being the first country outside the USA to successfully defend the America's Cup in its 150-year history. Ericsson Wireless Internet technology played a major part in bringing the spectacle to a vast international audience.

A sponsor of the America's Cup 2000 event as well as a supplier of the Louis Vuitton Challenger series, Ericsson Communications Ltd supplied a special Wireless Internet system (based on Cellular Digital Packet Data) to transport race information from each yacht to the shore. In the America's Cup 2000 Louis Vuitton Media centre this information was translated into the animated graphics used to explain the racing to international television and Internet viewers.

"Ericsson is proud to have been part of the best America's Cup ever," said Goran Olsson, Ericsson managing director in New Zealand. "Our Wireless Internet technology was 100% available over the whole regatta and significantly enhanced the sporting experience for millions of people."

Ericsson also supplied Wireless LAN, PABX and Cordless systems for use by hundreds of media representatives in the America's Cup 2000 Louis Vuitton media centre. The Ericsson KF788 was the Official Mobile Phone of America's Cup 2000.

"We congratulate Team New Zealand, the successful America's Cup defenders, and Prada, the Italian winners of the Louis Vuitton Cup on a wonderful contest," continued Goran Olsson. "Ericsson and customers were certainly well represented amongst the 100,000 people who welcomed both teams back to the Cup Village in Auckland after the final race."