Ericsson's MINI-LINK helps Hydro-Québec expand its Broadband Network

    TORONTO, July 24 /CNW/ - Ericsson's MINI-LINK(TM), a microwave
transmission product, will allow the government corporation to expand its
network and to improve its high-performance broadband service, thereby
upgrading the quality of its communication services.
    Patrick Truong, Senior Telecommunications Director at Hydro-Québec, says:
"We needed to extend and modernize our existing microwave-based communications
systems to meet the new traffic demands. We feel that Ericsson's MINI-LINK
meets the complexity, high reliability and fault tolerance our operations
require. It also provides a platform for flexible, secure, scalable and cost
effective wireless operations," he added.
    Mark Henderson, President & CEO, Ericsson Canada, says: "MINI-LINK is
well suited for situations where great distances and inhospitable climate make
communications difficult, allowing companies to reduce cost and increase the
level of service to their users. We are confident that, through our strong
local presence and expertise we can help Hydro-Québec meet its future
expansion and performance requirements."
    Ericsson was identified as the supplier of choice after a rigorous
selection process, testing and trial period. In addition to Ericsson's
engineering excellence, the company has a Quebec-based Research & Development
and Services Centre, which employs more than 1,500 people in Montreal.

    Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to
telecom operators. The market leader in 2G and 3G mobile technologies,
Ericsson supplies communications services and manages networks that serve more
than 195 million subscribers. The company's portfolio comprises mobile and
fixed network infrastructure, and broadband and multimedia solutions for
operators, enterprises and developers. The Sony Ericsson joint venture
provides consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.
    Ericsson is advancing its vision of 'communication for all' through
innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175
countries, more than 70,000 employees generated revenue of USD 27.9 billion
(SEK 188 billion) in 2007. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm,
Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and NASDAQ.

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    About Ericsson's MINI-LINK product

    Designed to be installed almost anywhere reliable transmission is
required, MINI-LINK is a cost-effective, point-to-point microwave
communications system optimized for the cost-effective and fast rollout of
mobile broadband. To date, over 1.4 million MINI-LINK nodes have been deployed
in more than 125 countries, giving Ericsson more than a 40 per cent share of
the global market.
    The latest version, which transfers data at rates up to 155 Mb/s, allows
optimization on both network and site level up to 25%, can be configured
remotely, and provides ten times the aggregated transport capacity of current
systems. MINI-LINK products are based on open standards, making them fully
compatible with networks from any supplier (supporting all existing
technologies: PDH, SDH, Ethernet and ATM); comprising increased capacity,
switching, and enhanced O&M and QoS.

    MINI-LINK, is a trade-mark of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Ericsson
Canada Inc. is a licensed user

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For further information: Patricia MacLean, Ericsson Canada Inc., Phone:
(905) 206-7928, E-mail:

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