Ericsson to build A Global ICT Centre IN CANADA

  • Ericsson's ICT Centre to be located in Quebec

  • High-tech, sustainable global ICT Centre to support R&D and Services organizations to bring innovation faster to the market

  • Another step in providing industry-leading cloud-enabled technology

TORONTO, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - At the Canadian Telecom Summit, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) announced its plans to build a global ICT Centre in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec. The new approximately 40,000 Sqm facility will house the company's complete portfolio enabling the R&D organization to develop and verify solutions, creating the foundation for the next generation technology and cloud-based services. Canada's new state-of-the-art centre will be located close to two of Ericsson's main R&D hubs in Montreal and Ottawa and will be a new platform for its R&D engineers, supporting their lean and agile ways of working.

Ericsson's customers will also be able to connect remotely for interoperability testing, trials, and will have early access to innovation on new business services in real-time from their own locations. Mark Henderson, President, Ericsson Canada Inc., says: "It is a special day for us as we celebrate 60 years of doing business in Canada and at the same time we announce the plan to build this high-tech centre which will be an important foundation for our future innovation. The ICT Centre represents our commitment to the region and will contribute to building the ICT ecosystem and competence in Canada."

"The future of Quebec and the greater Montreal area relies on the knowledge base, the training opportunities and the skills available locally," says Quebec Premier Pauline Marois.  "And I welcome the establishment of Ericsson's new global ICT Centre and see this as an example of what Quebec has to offer and a sign of confidence in our economy."

The North American ICT Centre will begin operations in early 2015.

Ericsson has more than 3,100 employees in Canada and works closely with more than 15 of the country's top universities and colleges to provide funding for R&D projects while granting students and researcher the opportunities to gain hands-on experience in Ericsson's facilities. In 2012, Ericsson invested more than $325 million in R&D in Canada and is one of the top ten R&D investors in the country.

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Ericsson is a world-leading provider of communications technology and services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainable societies around the world.

Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Information and Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and we support customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscriptions. 

We are more than 110,000 people working with customers in more than 180 countries. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2012 the company's net sales were SEK 227.8 billion (USD 33.8 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.

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SOURCE: Ericsson Canada

For further information:

Ericsson Media Relations - Canada
Patricia MacLean
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E-mail: patricia.maclean@ericsson.com

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