Telefonica To Launch 4G/LTE Network In Spain

  * Ericsson selected as vendor for the cities of Madrid and Barcelona, among    others  * The agreement will allow Telefonica to bring 4G mobile technology to 60    cities across SpainTelefonica, the largest Spanish operator, announced its plans to roll out anationwide LTE network in Spain and selected Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) as atechnology partner for this network.Within the agreement, Ericsson will build the network in Madrid and Barcelona,rolling out about 1000 nodes in 2013, in order to support Telefonica's goal totake 4G to as many customers as possible already this year.Luis Miguel Gil Pérez, President of Telefonica in Spain, highlighted that LTE isis one of the two pillars of their ultra broadband network concept - togetherwith fiber - and that it is key to make the most out of it.Telefonica expects to roll out around 2200 nodes in 2013 and will reach 3000 byQ1 2014. They are aiming to cover about 60 major cities across Spain.The new network will be rolled out in the 1800MHZ band and include the roll outof Ericsson's multi-standard technology RBS6000.To date, Ericsson has more than 160 LTE/EPC deals around the world. Thisagreement confirms its leadership position in Mobile Broadband and LTE globallyand in Spain.Telefonica is one of the world's leading integrated operators, providingcommunication solutions, information and entertainment in Europe and LatinAmerica. It has operations in 24 countries and an installed customer base ofmore than 317.3 million subscribers to June 2013.NOTES TO EDITORSLTE press kit: is the world's leading provider of communications technology andservices. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-timesolutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, insustainable societies around the world.Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Informationand Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Todaymore than 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericssonnetworks and we support customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billionsubscribers.We operate in 180 countries and employ more than 100,000 people. Founded in1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 the company hadrevenues of SEK 226.9 billion (USD 35.0 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQOMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACTEricsson Corporate Public & Media RelationsPhone: +46 10 719 69 92E-mail: media.relations@ericsson.comEricsson Investor RelationsPhone: +46 10 719 00 00E-mail:  Telefonica to launch 4GLTE network in Spain:[HUG#1727747]