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Ericsson: Vodafone India selects Ericsson to manage optical fiber network

* Three-year managed services contract covers operation and maintenance of
the optical fiber cable network
* Ericsson to manage 10 telecom circles in East and West India, spanning a
distance of approximately 45,000 kilometers
* The agreement in India strengthens partnership between Vodafone and
Ericsson and complements collaborations in other parts of the world

Vodafone India, the country's leading mobile services provider, has selected
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) to manage its optical fiber cable network for three
years in 10 telecom circles. The new agreement covers operations and
maintenance of Vodafone's optical fiber network across East and West India,
spanning a distance of approximately 45,000 kilometers.

Vishant Vora, CTO of Vodafone India, says: "We have selected Ericsson as a
partner to manage our optical fiber cable network given Ericsson's strength
and experience in managing multivendor, multi-technology networks for
operators globally and in India. This agreement will give Vodafone the
benefit of Ericsson's expertise in this area."

Vodafone is a leading provider of mobile services and has recently been
expanding its own 3G services to many new circles and also launched 4G-LTE
services in 5 circles in India. It has more than 194 million subscribers in

Paolo Colella, Head of Region India at Ericsson, says: "Ericsson has been
Vodafone's partner in the radio, core and transport domains for many years.
This managed services agreement in India strengthens that partnership in a
very important market and complements our collaborations in other parts of
the world. At Ericsson, we continue to invest in tools, methods and processes
in order to help our customers increase their network efficiency while
delivering world-class subscriber experiences."

Ericsson has more than 15 years' experience in managing multivendor,
multi-technology networks for operators globally, including India.

Today, Ericsson provides managed services for networks that together serve
more than 1 billion subscribers worldwide. With the addition of Vodafone's
optical fiber network Ericsson will manage a total of 2,225,000 kilometers of
fiber and strengthen its existing fiber operations in India. The company
plans to continue its focus on meeting the growing need for strong transport


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About Vodafone India

Vodafone India is a 100% fully owned subsidiary of the Vodafone Group Plc.
with operations across the country serving over 194 million customers (over
100 million in rural areas).

Commencing operations in 2007, Vodafone is today India's largest foreign
direct investor, with a robust, award winning business and committed for the
long term. Vodafone Business Services serves the needs of enterprises and
government by providing total telecommunications (Voice and Data) solutions
across mobility and wireline platforms. Our mobile wallet, M-Pesa is a unique
and innovative money transfer service from Vodafone that fosters financial

Follow us on twitter @Vodafone IN_News and visit www.vodafone.in

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