Ericsson applauds decision on IMT-2000 (3G) radio interface specifications

Ericsson applauds decision on IMT-2000 (3G) radio interface specifications Ericsson applauds the recent decision by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) which established a comprehensive set of terrestrial and satellite radio interface specifications for third generation communications, or IMT- 2000. The specifications will allow performance optimization in a wide range of radio operating environments. They are designed to give operators of current networks the flexibility they need to evolve their existing systems to 3G service capabilities, as well as providing for the needs of operators of new networks. "The decision represents the very positive culmination of more than a decade of work by groups and individuals from across the telecommunications industry," said Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt, Senior Vice President - Technology at Ericsson. "The goal of 3G is true global, mobile multimedia access, regardless of the location or technology used. The significance of this decision lies in the fact that it paves the way for the rapid roll-out of 3G systems and services and allows for migration according to market requirements and individual operators' business strategies." The five terrestrial radio interface standards are: IMT DS, widely known as Wideband CDMA, or WCDMA. IMT MC, widely known as cdma2000 and consisting of the 1X and 3X components. IMT TC, called UTRA TDD or TD-SCDMA. IMT SC, called UWC-136 and widely known as EDGE. IMTFT,well-known as DECT. Ericsson is the world-leading supplier of mobile infrastructure, supplying all current major international mobile technologies: GSM, PDC, TDMA and cdmaOne; and with its complete portfolio of 3G wireless systems is ideally positioned to support any operator anywhere to migrate to 3G, whatever the technology choice: EDGE, WCDMA or cdma2000. Read more about third generation radio access standards and mobile multimedia communication in the latest edition of "Ericsson Review" (No. 3, 1999), on line at www. Ericsson.se/review Ericsson is the leading provider in the new telecoms world, with communications solutions that combine telecom and datacom technologies with freedom of mobility for the user. With more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for its customers - network operators, service providers, enterprises and consumers - the world over. Please visit Ericsson's Press Room at: http://www.ericsson.se/pressroom Ericsson is the leading provider in the new telecoms world, with communications solutions that combine telecom and datacom technologies with freedom of mobility for the user. With more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for its customers - network operators, service providers, enterprises and consumers - the world over. Please visit Ericsson's Press Room at: http://www.ericsson.se/pressroom FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Johan Wiklund, Ericsson Corporate Communications Phone: +46 70 560 0134; E-mail: johan.wiklund@lme.ericsson.se James Borup, Ericsson Corporate Communications Phone: +46 70 590 9261; E-mail: james.borup@lme.ericsson.se

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