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 March 03, 2000
Ericsson Selected By Japan Telecom To Deliver 3G WCDMA Mobile Network

 Ericsson has been selected as supplier for Japan Telecom to deliver WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) infrastructure for the operator's new 3G network, enabling the next generation mobile Internet.

Japan Telecom Co., Ltd., together with partners Vodafone/AirTouch Plc. and British Telecommunications Plc., have announced their plans to launch a 3G network in Japan.

The network will be nationwide and Ericsson has been selected as supplier providing the Radio Access Network and core network elements. Ericsson will deploy the network during year 2000 and 2001.

Using Ericsson's WCDMA technology, Japanese subscribers will easily roam internationally and enjoy the multimedia capabilities of the mobile Internet.

"Japan Telecom's selection of Ericsson as a supplier for 3G again confirms our leading position in building the mobile Internet," says Morgan Bengtsson, President of Ericsson in Japan. "Japan is in the forefront of WCDMA market deployment, as well as being one of Ericsson's most significant markets and this gives Ericsson an excellent position for future 3G systems worldwide."

Ericsson has been a main supplier of infrastructure solutions to Japan Telecom since 1994. Currently, 6,6 million subscribers are connected over Japan Telecom's Ericsson-supplied PDC network, making Japan Telecom Ericsson's biggest customer in Japan. Ericsson also delivered a WCDMA experimental system to Japan Telecom, already in 1998.

Ericsson is the only non-Japanese supplier of total system solutions for mobile telephony in Japan today. Ericsson is committed to the Japanese market, supporting Japan Telecom with branch office Nippon Ericsson K.K. and its 1100 employees.