Ericsson to provide captioning services for the Australian Parliament

  • Ericsson signs exclusive multi-year contract to provide live captioning services for the Australian Parliament
  • Coverage includes sitting hours within the Senate, House of Representatives, Federation Chamber and Parliamentary Committee hearings
  • Contract strengthens Ericsson's position as a leading provider of access services in Australia and around the world

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has signed an exclusive multi-year contract with the Commonwealth of Australia, represented by the Department of Parliamentary Services, to deliver live captioning services for the Australian Parliament.

Ericsson will provide live captioning from its broadcast and media services hub in Sydney for all sitting hours within the Senate, House of Representatives, Federation Chamber and Parliamentary Committee hearings recorded as video. The service will go live in August 2016 and will be available via the Australian Parliament's online service.

Thorsten Sauer, Head of Broadcast and Media Services, Ericsson, says: "At Ericsson, we believe that video content should be made as accessible as possible - especially content that is of national importance. Our continued investment in technology and innovation and our unrivalled expertise in delivering the highest quality captioning will ensure we provide an exceptional level of service to the Australian public, a service that they expect and deserve."

Earlier this month, Ericsson signed an exclusive contract with the New Zealand Parliament to deliver remote live captioning services. In March Ericsson announced multi-year captioning contracts with Australian public service broadcasters, ABC and SBS. In November, Ericsson also announced a multi-year news captioning contract with ANC, Australia's leading 24-hour multi-channel, multi-platform news service provider. As part of the contract, Ericsson provides captioning services for SKY NEWS-produced bulletins on Qantas flights.

Ericsson's closed captioning business is one of the largest in the world, with hubs in Australia, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and the US. Ericsson has been providing captioning services for over 30 years and delivers 230,000 hours of captions every year, 100,000 of which are live. It is also the world's largest provider of TV audio description and sign-language translation.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Parliamentary Services

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) supports the work of the Australian Parliament, maintains Parliament House as a symbol of Australian democracy, and makes the building, and the important activity that takes place within it, accessible and engaging.

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