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Ericsson: Ericsson and Telefónica partner for 5G

* Ericsson and Telefónica sign Memorandum of Understanding for development of
5G technologies with focus on the Advanced 5G Network Infrastructure for
Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) and European Technology
Platform for Communications Networks and Services (ETP Networld 2020)
* New initiative from Telefónica, innovation and research laboratory 5TONIC,
has its first supporting manufacturer in Ericsson

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and global operator Telefónica have signed a Memorandum
of Understanding for the development of 5G technologies, products and
services. The two companies will jointly support ongoing and new initiatives
that will boost the development of 5G technologies and the entrepreneurial
environment in which they can evolve, with specific focus on the 5G PPP and
ETP Networld 2020 programs, promoted by the European Commission within the
Horizon 2020 program.

This partnership has already begun, with one example in the recent creation of
the first 5G laboratory of excellence by Telefónica (through its innovation
unit, Telefónica I+D) and IMDEA Networks Institute in Spain. The laboratory,
5TONIC, is intended to create an open ecosystem for innovation and research.
Ericsson is the first manufacturer to join the initiative as part of its 5G
for Europe program.

Ulf Ewaldsson, CTO, Ericsson says: "5G is an evolution journey, and the
transition will be gradual with deployment of complete, commercial 5G systems
not expected until 2020. To achieve the expected capabilities of 5G,
investments in joint research and trialing of 5G technologies must continue.
We're proud to partner with Telefónica to pioneer this work."

Enrique Blanco, CTO, Telefónica Group, says: "Telefonica continues advancing
its role as a key player in the development of 5G technologies, where we have
been actively contributing to relevant international projects, industry
associations and standardization bodies. We see the launch of 5G not as a
date in the future, but as a development ecosystem that needs to start
already now. Through this agreement, and initiatives like 5TONIC laboratory
in Spain, we will be able to trial and prioritize network functions and
services that will become part of the 5G networks in the near future."

Among the companies' joint initiatives will be research, debate, field-testing
and demonstrations of technology and equipment to support eventual 5G network
architecture, communications, services and applications. Through this work,
Ericsson and Telefónica will develop a joint understanding of use cases,
requirements and deployment scenarios for 5G wireless systems and 5G ready
core based on a virtualized network architecture.

Ericsson is leading and driving 5G standardization work - from exploratory
research and pre-standard field trials, through to standardization activities
together with global standards bodies and industry groups. Through key
technology advances like the Ericsson 5G Radio Prototypes that include
advanced antenna design, multi-user MIMO and beamforming, Ericsson and its
customers will be key players in defining the next generation of mobile
network technology all the way to commercialization.


Ericsson 5G Media Kit:www.ericsson.com/thecompany/press/mediakits/5g

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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

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
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.







Ericsson Corporate Communications
Phone: +46 10 719 69 92

Ericsson Investor Relations
Phone: +46 10 719 00 00

Ericsson and Telefonica Partner for 5G


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Source: Ericsson via Globenewswire


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