Ericsson bags 4G TD-LTE contract from Augere

Augere, a provider of 4G wireless broadband with 4G licenses covering more
than 500 million people in emerging markets in South Asia and Africa, has
selected Ericsson’s radio base station, the RBS6000; Evolved Packet Core
technology and microwave transmission.

This will enable Augere to offer broadband services under the ZOOSH brand to
residential and business customers in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

To ensure optimal network performance, Ericsson will also be responsible for
providing managed services and network operations for three years. Ericsson
will plan, design, build, operate, maintain and provide spare-parts management
for the 4G network for Augere. The contract includes the supply, installation
and commissioning of the network.

We are delighted to be one of the first wireless broadband service
providers to announce our plans for the launch of 4G services in Madhya Pradesh
and Chhattisgarh. India today offers one of the most existing growth
opportunities globally in wireless broadband services and we believe LTE will
provide us with a network to offer a customer experience in line with the core
values of our brand ZOOSH,” said Lars Stork, CEO, Augere Wireless Broadband

Augere Wireless
telecom experience and local partnerships are geared up to deliver broadband
service in underserved markets enabling customers to get high speed and
reliable access to the Internet.

Mobility and broadband are among the main elements of Ericsson’s vision of
a Networked Society. With LTE and TD-LTE, the mobile broadband experience will
reach the next level. It is exciting to see India, one of the world’s largest
telecom markets, planning the next steps for mobile broadband,” said Fredrik
Jejdling, head of Ericsson in India.

The rollout of services will start from early next year, with a soft launch
planned for early Q2 2012.

Augere currently has access to spectrum in Pakistan; Bangladesh; the states
of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in India; Uganda; Rwanda and Tanzania.
Access to additional spectrum is being actively pursued across Africa and Asia.

Augere’s first commercial wireless network was launched under the Qubee
brand in Pakistan in July 2009. This was closely followed by the Bangladesh
network in October 2009. By mid-2011 Augere was operating wireless networks
comprising more than 650 radio base stations and serving over 100,000 broadband

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