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2016-02-21

Ericsson: Telstra deploys Ericsson Telecom Cloud in full stack

* Ericsson to provide full stack, a telecom cloud solution including Network
Functions Virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN)
* Solution brings network flexibility, agility and cost-efficiency, and
represents a key step in readying Telstra's core network for the Internet
of Things (IoT) and 5G
* Telstra and Ericsson to define lead use cases for network virtualization
and the ongoing development of the network cloud environment

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has been chosen by Australian telecommunications
operator Telstra to deploy a full stack telecom cloud solution, focusing
initially on transforming the wireless network and providing a 5G-ready core.

Telstra customers will receive benefits such as reduced latency, tailored
vertical network solutions and optimized distribution of key network
capabilities. By committing to network virtualization and the deployment of
Ericsson's virtual network functions (VNFs) and cloud execution environment,
Telstra will gain a flexible, agile and programmable network that can improve
customer experience and support the development of compelling new customer
services.

The solution will also enable networking slicing, which can be used to tailor
solutions efficiently for enterprises. Enterprises in mining, public safety,
agriculture, manufacturing, utilities and other industries can
cost-effectively have their own network slice adapted to their business
needs, which will assist in driving growth and productivity in their
businesses.

The deployment of the Ericsson solution will provide Telstra's network with a
5G-ready core and will help the network scale as Internet of Things (IoT)
adoption increases. As 4G and 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) speeds increase
to many gigabits per second and latency decreases, the core network needs to
evolve from today's relatively static, centralized architecture to an
architecture that can elastically centralize some functions and distributes
others to deliver flexibility, efficiency and low latency.

This 5G-ready core network architecture will be delivered on Ericsson's
solution for telecom cloud, based on the OPNFV reference architecture. The
solution includes the following products:

* Ericsson VNFs such as virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) and virtual IP
Multimedia System (vIMS)
* Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 based on Intel® Rack Scale
Architecture
* OpenStack-based virtualization layer (Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment)

* Hybrid network management system (Ericsson Network Manager)
* NFV orchestrator (Ericsson Cloud Manager)
* Ericsson Cloud SDN
* Ericsson Services SDN

This new technology will assist Telstra's operations teams in managing,
orchestrating and automating network changes, as well as simplifying
delivery, scaling and assurance of new services.

Ericsson and Telstra have also co-signed a telecom cloud collaboration
agreement. The agreement confirms the joint commitment of the two companies
to ongoing development of telecom cloud technology, and to defining and
developing lead use cases for network virtualization, which demonstrates the
business value of this solution both for Telstra and its customers.

Mike Wright, Managing Director, Networks, Telstra Group, says: "Our customers
increasingly demand new network capabilities to help them grow their
businesses and improve their productivity. Ericsson's Telecom Cloud provides
a 5G-ready core with a virtualized network which can better support new
services such as 5G, network slicing and IoT that will be particularly
important to our enterprise customers."

Anders Lindblad, Head of Business Unit Cloud&IP, Ericsson, says: "We are very
pleased that Telstra has chosen Ericsson's 5G-ready core solution, which will
position Telstra to be a leader in telecommunications network virtualization.
Ericsson is committed to collaborating with Telstra as our lead customer for
the full stack telecom cloud, and we trust their thought-leadership will help
make our product better - to the benefit of all our customers."

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

NOTES TO EDITORS

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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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