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2016-02-24

Ericsson: Ericsson and Cisco partner to transform Vodafone Portugal IP Mobile Backhaul

* Ericsson and Cisco, two complementary market and industry leaders, will
jointly modernize Vodafone Portugal's IP Mobile Backhaul.
* Offering the best combination of both companies: Cisco Aggregation Services
Router (ASR) and Ericsson systems integrations and global services
capabilities, Vodafone Portugal's IP Backhaul will be prepared for future
services bandwidth demands, such as high-quality mobile video and 5G.
* Vodafone Portugal's network capacity will be expanded and data throughput
will be significantly increased.

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), via its global business and technology partnership
with Cisco formed in November 2015, has been selected for the Vodafone
Portugal Mobile Backhaul Evolution. With a combination of forces, the two
companies will jointly support Vodafone Portugal's network transformation
needs. As part of this project Ericsson will deploy and integrate Cisco's
Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 9000 product families to modernize Vodafone
Portugal's IP Backhaul Network.

As a result, Vodafone Portugal's network capacity will be expanded and data
throughput will be significantly increased. This positions the operator to
meet increasing data traffic demands from subscribers and deliver
high-quality customer experiences, while preparing for the future
requirements of 5G networks.

Livio Borgogno, CTO, Vodafone Portugal, says: "Ericsson Systems Integrations
and global services capabilities combined with Cisco's ASR 9000 series
scalable IP routing, brings us the leadership in all fronts enabling a rapid
transformation of our network in this fast changing environment, granting
personalized services for both fixed and mobile users."

Jean-Philippe Poirault, Head of Consulting and Systems Integration, Ericsson,
says: "Paving the way for 5G while meeting consumer demands for high-quality
experiences is an essential capability for the next generation of mobile
networks to support relentless growth in traffic, devices and applications.
By complementing Ericsson's industry-leading services offering with Cisco's
extensive IP portfolio, we bring the possibilities of the Networked Society
closer for Vodafone Portugal and their subscribers. This is a great example
of how Ericsson and Cisco are working together to create the networks of the
future."

David Yates, marketing director of Cisco Service provider segment, says:
"Cisco's strategy is to enable service providers to drive profitable business
outcomes in a digital world. We are honored to take part in modernizing
Vodafone Portugal's IP Mobile Backhaul to help enable enhanced customer
experience and seamless network connectivity, which play a role in helping
them digitize the digital opportunity."

This deal builds on an existing long-standing partnership with Ericsson and
Vodafone Portugal, where Ericsson has been modernizing their entire mobile
network, delivering the latest LTE enabled technology over the last 5 years.

Vodafone Portugal is a member company of one of the world's largest mobile
telecommunications groups. The Vodafone Group has mobile operations in 26
countries, partners with mobile networks in 57 more, and fixed broadband
operations in 17 markets. As of 31 December 2015, Vodafone had 461 million
mobile customers and 13 million fixed broadband customers.

Ericsson and Cisco - two industry leaders in the development and delivery of
networking, mobility, and cloud - formed a global business and technology
partnership in November 2015 to create the networks of the future. The
partnership offers customers the best of both companies: routing, data
center, networking, cloud, mobility, management and control, and global
services capabilities. The next-generation strategic partnership will drive
growth, accelerate innovation, and speed digital transformation demanded by
customers across industries. Please note that the Cisco-Ericsson partnership
is effective worldwide, except for Brazil. A separate partnership has been
created specifically for Brazil, but that project is still subject to
regulatory approval.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Ericsson at Mobile World Congress 2016

During Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Ericsson will showcase its
unique industry insights, the latest innovation and inspirational discussions
that enable powerful new business opportunities. We are in the midst of the
societal transformation we call the Networked Society: a society in which
mobility, broadband and cloud empower every person and every industry to
reach their full potential. Opportunity is everywhere, and companies are
transforming according to the role they have chosen to play in the value
chains and ecosystems of the Networked Society.

Join us in our Hall (Hall 2, Stand 2N60) to learn about 5G, the Internet of
Things and cloud, and to discuss the impact digital transformation can have
on people, business and society.

Follow the conversation online:

www.twitter.com/ericsson

www.linkedin.com/company/ericsson

For media kits, backgrounders and high-resolution photos, please
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.

www.ericsson.com

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Ericsson Corporate Communications
Phone: +46 10 719 69 92
E-mail:media.relations@ericsson.com

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Phone: +46 10 719 00 00
E-mail:investor.relations@ericsson.com

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