Ericsson: ICT Fundamental To Global Sustainable Development

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
  * In New York from September 21-24, Ericsson is participating in global    conversations about technology and social good  * Mashable, UN Foundation, UN Development Programme (UNDP), Bill and Melinda    Gates Foundation, and Ericsson host the Social Good Summit at 92Y September    22-24  * Report on broadband and sustainable development from a task force led by    Ericsson to be released on Saturday, September 21  * Ericsson furthers its work in Technology for Good, improving lives for    teachers, students, and health care workers as well as those affected by    conflictWith the backdrop of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Ericsson(NASDAQ: ERIC) is participating in a number of events and initiatives thathighlight the potential of technology to offer solutions to some of the world'smajor challenges.Ericsson President and CEO Hans Vestberg will appear as a panel speaker at theSocial Good Summit, where the main theme is #2030Now.  Vestberg will be speakingon the topics of: technology and peace; and the role of broadband in sustainabledevelopment.At another panel, Ericsson Vice President of Sustainability and CorporateResponsibility, Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, will discuss big data and social good.The entire three-day Social Good Summit will be webcast. Additionally, Ericssonand UNDP are collaborating in regional Social Good Summit events in Istanbul,Nairobi, Sao Paolo, and Stockholm.Vestberg will be participating in the Broadband Commission for DigitalDevelopment meeting where he will present the report "Transformative Solutionsfor 2015 and Beyond," which is an output from a task group he has led for thepast six months.Vestberg says: "Ericsson has been a leading advocate of technology to addressglobal challenges like the Millennium Development Goals for many years. We seethat the role of Information and Communications Technology can play an even moreimportant role in the future sustainable development agenda, when in the nearfuture, 85% of the world will have access to mobile broadband. We expect thistrend to continue. This tells us that people are using mobility, broadband andcloud to transform their lives - and society."For example, more than 17,300 students now have access to secondary educationthanks to our Connect To Learn initiative in 33 countries.  We are also buildingon our long-term commitment in the Millennium Villages and to Community HealthWorkers, in sub-Saharan Africa, by supporting the 1 Million Health Care Workercampaign," says Vestberg.Weidman-Grunewald says: "People come together in New York during the week todiscuss topics of great importance, and these gatherings bring the globalconversation to the masses, empowering them to influence their communities andsociety at large."Activities to round off the week include the Clinton Global Initiative, whereamong other activities Vestberg will speak at an official dinner on the topic ofeducation: "From Basics to Excellence: Putting quality education in the reach ofevery child."On Monday, September 23, Ericsson executives will open NASDAQ at the TimesSquare headquarters of the stock exchange.Vestberg summarizes: "While in New York, we are able to drive importantdiscussions on how our technology should be used responsibly as a force forgood.  We care deeply about our role as a trusted partner in each of theseconversations and look forward to the feedback we receive from everyone rangingfrom bloggers at Social Good Summit, to our executive-level customers, to ourpartners in the public and private sectors."Watch the livestream at http://new.livestream.com/mashable and follow Ericssonduring the week at @ericssonsustain on Twitter and technologyforgood onFacebook, as well as on Google+ and LinkedIn. To request interviews withEricsson during the Social Good Summit, contact Corporate Communications on thee-mail below.NOTES TO EDITORSwww.mashable.com/sgsDownload high-resolution photos and broadcast-quality video atwww.ericsson.com/pressEricsson is a world-leading provider of communications technology and services.We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions thatallow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainablesocieties around the world.Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Informationand Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and wesupport customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscriptions.We are more than 110,000 people working with customers in more than 180countries. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In2012 the company's net sales were SEK 227.8 billion (USD 33.8 billion). Ericssonis listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.www.ericsson.comwww.ericsson.com/newswww.twitter.com/ericssonsustainwww.facebook.com/technologyforgoodwww.youtube.com/ericssonpressFOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACTEricsson Corporate CommunicationsPhone: +46 10 719 69 92E-mail: media.relations@ericsson.comEricsson Investor RelationsPhone: +46 10 719 00 00E-mail: investor.relations@ericsson.comEricsson: ICT Fundamental to Global Sustainable Development: http://hugin.info/1061/R/1730084/578134.pdf[HUG#1730084]

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