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2016-05-18

Ericsson: Airtel Nigeria and Ericsson pursue broadband for everyone

* Ericsson Radio System expands Airtel Nigeria's mobile broadband access
while reducing operating expenses
* Lower cost mobile broadband networking combined with increased handset
affordability enables widespread Internet access and adoption
* Over ninety percent of the world's population to be covered by mobile
broadband networks by 2021

In the second half of 2015, Nigeria was among the top five countries worldwide
in terms of mobile subscription additions, and Nigerian businesses are
increasingly adopting mobile-first strategies. In fact, 83 percent of mobile
phone subscribers in Nigeria rely solely on their mobile device for their
internet connectivity (source:Ericsson Mobility Report Sub-Saharan Africa
Nov. 2015). To address this growing demand and increase access to affordable
mobile broadband Internet service, Airtel Nigeria and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC)
are rolling out the award-winning Ericsson Radio System in sites across the
country.

Ericsson Radio System's multi-standard platform enables Airtel Nigeria to
cost-effectively leverage the reach, maturity and increasing affordability of
today's 3G technology, while laying the foundation for their 4G and 5G
evolution. The network-wide solution incorporates a broad range of products
including: radio, baseband, small cells, backhaul, fronthaul, enclosures,
power site equipment and the controller. These products are augmented through
twice-yearly network software updates, and through Ericsson Global Services
offerings.

Ahmed Mokhles, Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, says: "Mobile
broadband access is really a prerequisite to achieving our key objective of
enriching the lives and empowering the people of Nigeria to benefit both
consumers and industry. Ericsson Radio System provides the performance and
efficiency to support this objective while also ensuring a future-proof
evolution as Nigeria continues to establish itself as a progressive and
innovative ICT-driven country."

By 2021, it is forecast that more than 90% of the world's population will be
covered by mobile broadband networks. Meanwhile, cost points for entry-level
cellular devices reduced by 85% over the last ten years. This increasing
device affordability addresses the major barrier to entry and is achieved
through the global economies of scale enabled by cellular standards.

Arun Bansal, Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson, says: "Airtel Nigeria and
their customers are directly benefitting from the performance and efficiency
innovations designed in to the Ericsson Radio System - network-wise, its
future-proof multi-standard platform ensures a smooth evolution, while its
compact, modular design reduces operating costs enabling Airtel Nigeria to
offer more affordable mobile broadband access today.

"Ericsson Radio System has already won both the Global Mobile Award for Best
Mobile Infrastructure and the Red Dot Award for Product Design, but it is the
recognition of our key customers like Airtel Nigeria that matters the most."

Ericsson Radio System was launched at MWC 2015, and started shipping to
customers in Q3 2015. Its innovative rail system enables the Ericsson Radio
System to adapt to any site, with zero floor footprint and easy one-bolt
installation while its modular, compact and energy efficient radios reduce
both operating and capital expenses, delivering three times the capacity
density with 50 percent improvement in energy efficiency. As operators, like
Airtel Nigeria, strive to deliver the best possible performance and quality
of experience in the most cost-efficient way, Ericsson Radio System's
multi-standard, multi-band, multi-layer architecture supports their
requirements today and on the road to 5G.

Ericsson has also launched software and hardware innovations, including
Intelligent Antenna Sharing, aimed at lowering the cost of mobile broadband
access, and a Managed Rural Coverage services offering focused specifically
on addressing the economic challenges of delivering mobile broadband access
to rural areas.

Photo Cutline: Award-winning, compact, lightweight and energy-efficient
Ericsson Radio System - including rail-mounted Radio 2217, pictured - to
deliver mobile broadband access to Airtel Nigeria customers.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Product Info: Ericsson Radio System

Award: Ericsson Radio System wins Best Mobile Infrastructure

Award: Red Dot 2016 to Ericsson Radio System

Launch: Mobile Broadband for Everyone

Launch: Ericsson launches NuVu subscription video-on-demand service

White Paper: Mobile broadband for all - optimizing radio technologies

White Paper: White Paper: 3G smartphones - optimizing user experience and
network efficiency

About Airtel Africa

Airtel is driven by the vision of providing affordable and innovative mobile
services to all. Airtel has African operations in: Burkina Faso, Chad,
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya,
Malawi, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone,
Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

About Bharti Airtel

Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with
operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New
Delhi, India, the company ranks among the top four mobile service providers
globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings
include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line
services, high speed DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including
national&international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the
geographies, it offers 2G, 3G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti
Airtel had over 277 million customers across its operations at the end of
September 2013.

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visitwww.ericsson.com/press

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in
communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with
every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society
to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.

Our services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband
and the cloud
- are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business,
increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new
opportunities.

With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries,
we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support
networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the
world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments
in research and development ensure that our solutions - and our customers -
stay in front.

Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales
in
2015 were SEK 246.9 billion (USD 29.4 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ
OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.

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