Green Power To Bring Mobile Telephony To Billions Of People

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Green Power to Bring Mobile Telephony to Billions of People

STOCKHOLM, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    By 2013, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), the world's leading provider of

telecommunications equipment and services, anticipates that there will be

some 6.5 billion mobile phone subscriptions in the world, compared to today's

3.7 billion. About 90 percent of growth is expected to come from developing

markets where more than half of the population lives outside city limits. To

build mobile networks in rural areas with no or unreliable power grid means

that the power challenge must be solved.

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    As mobile telephony reaches billions of new subscribers, areas in the

world that have never had access to communication services will soon be part

of the connected society. Having reliable access to cost-effective energy

supplies has long been a stumbling block for telecom operators seeking to

offer services outside major population centers. Building out electricity

grids has not only been prohibitive from a cost perspective, but often

impossible due to geographic and environmental constraints.

    Ericsson, whose technology has already provided billions of people with

mobile telephony, is meeting this challenge with a combination of

energy-efficient products and emphasis on network energy optimization. This

supports telecom operators to develop and deliver affordable and sustainable

communications services to the emerging markets in a way that makes business

profitable for the operators.

    Wind power is one example of an alternative energy resource for powering

mobile networks located beyond the electricity grid. In 2007, Ericsson

implemented biofuel as an alternative energy resource, and in 2000 Ericsson

was the first telecom player to deploy a solar solution to power a Moroccan

operator's mobile network.

    "Being at the forefront of innovation is crucial for Ericsson to stay in

its leading market position," says Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of

Product Area Radio at Ericsson. "I am, of course, proud to be part of a

company that is behind technologies like Bluetooth, setting the standard for

mobile technology GSM that half of the world's population are using to make

phone calls, as well as leading the development of the fourth generation of

mobile communication. But one must also have in mind how to run mobile

networks so that all of us can have access to communication services, no

matter whether you live in a big developed city or in a remote village in a

country with poor infrastructure."

    As energy-related expenditures, including cost for diesel, can be as high

as 50 percent of total network operating costs in some markets, the next step

after getting infrastructure in place is to ensure cost-efficient day-to-day


    "One example of what we have done to be able to offer mobile telephony to

the billions of people living outside city limits, is the introduction of a

unique hybrid solution where we use submarine batteries that can be recharged

over and over again to power a mobile network," Ewaldsson says. "This

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solution saves approximately 10 000 liters of diesel per radio site per year,

which is 40 to 50 percent of the diesel needed. This adds up to large

quantities of fuel that can be saved in a mobile network with hundreds or

thousands of diesel powered radio sites."

    Developing green solutions to build and power mobile networks holds the

key to reaching billions of people that have never had access to

communication services. And the benefits of green solutions are twofold - not

only does this mean telecom operators can build and operate mobile networks

cost efficiently, the environment is also a winner as less fossil fuel is

needed to run the mobile networks.

    Notes to editors:

    Still photos on alternative energy sources:

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    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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SOURCE: Ericsson



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