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2015-10-14

Ericsson: Ericsson signs Humanitarian Connectivity Charter

* Ericsson underlines commitment to disaster and humanitarian response by
signing Humanitarian Connectivity Charter launched by the GSMA
* Charter aims to strengthen access to communication and information for
those affected by crisis
* Ericsson Response, now in its 15th year of service, has supported more than
40 disasters in 30 countries

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announces that it has become a signatory of the
Humanitarian Connectivity Charter. Launched by the GSMA in March 2015, the
Charter aims to strengthen access to communication and information for those
affected by crisis in order to reduce loss of life and positively contribute
to humanitarian response.

In 2014, 102 million people were affected by natural disasters, and nearly 60
million people were forcibly displaced by violence and conflict.
Ericsson has a long history of working with disaster and humanitarian
response, and better ICT industry coordination means millions more lives
could potentially be saved in crisis situations.

The principles of the Charter are:

* to enhance coordination within and among mobile network operators before,
during and after a disaster
* to scale and standardize preparedness and response activities across the
industry to enable a more predictable response
* to strengthen partnerships between the mobile industry, government and the
humanitarian sector.

Ericsson participated in the Charter drafting committee and is the first ICT
infrastructure and service provider to become a Charter signatory. Ericsson's
commitment to disaster and humanitarian response is long-standing, and the
company's Ericsson Response program recently marked its 15-year anniversary.

Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator,
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA),
says: "Well-functioning infrastructure is critical in disasters. Ericsson has
shown a proven ability to deliver time and time again to the humanitarian
community during disasters.

"Humanitarian response is a shared responsibility, and we need the private
sector to play an important role in helping restore vital communications. We
are very pleased to see Ericsson formally join the Charter."

Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate
Responsibility, Ericsson, says: "Our first disaster response was in Kabul,
Afghanistan in 2001. Since then, Ericsson has assisted with providing vital
communications in more than 40 disasters in 30 countries.

"There are enormous opportunities to transform humanitarian response through
improved connectivity. The Humanitarian Connectivity Charter principles chart
the way to realizing this transformation, and align with Ericsson's ambition
to be a responsible and relevant driver of positive change in the Networked
Society."

With more than 7.5 billion connections and 3.7 billion unique subscribers
worldwide, mobile plays a vital role that no other technology can in
supporting preparedness and response efforts for humanitarian emergencies.
Mobile networks facilitate access to life-saving information and allow those
affected by crises and those providing assistance including governments the
humanitarian community to better communicate and coordinate efforts.

"The GSMA is pleased to welcome Ericsson as a signatory to the Humanitarian
Connectivity Charter. The leadership and expertise demonstrated by Ericsson
Response during many recent emergencies highlights the collaborative and
impactful role that the mobile industry can play during these crises," said
Kyla Reid, Head of Disaster Response, GSMA.

The Humanitarian Connectivity Charter, launched by the GSMA at Mobile World
Congress in March 2015, is supported by UN OCHA, the UN Emergency
Telecommunications Cluster and the International Federation of the Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies. It was created following a series of industry
workshops and collaboration facilitated by the GSMA Disaster Response
program, in association with UN agencies, mobile operators, vendors and NGOs.
NOTES TO EDITORS

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