Ericsson's Complete Voice Over LTE Solution Selected By SoftBank Mobile

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
  * Ericsson is selected by SoftBank Mobile to supply and integrate its end-to-    end mobile network solution for voice over LTE (VoLTE)  * Ericsson's VoLTE solution will offer subscribers High Definition (HD) voice    and video calling, and new enriched multimedia services  * The Ericsson VoLTE infrastructure will serve as the basis for SoftBank's    future network virtualization plans and Telecom Cloud introduction, and    achieve more efficient spectrum utilization in the networkEricsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) is selected by SoftBank Mobile Corp ("SoftBank Mobile"),one of Japan's leading operators, to provide and integrate its end-to-endnetwork solution, Mobile Telephony Evolution with VoLTE.Ericsson's VoLTE solution will deliver the most advanced communication servicesfor SoftBank Mobile to enhance consumer experience. With VoLTE as a basis,consumers will be able to enjoy telecom-grade HD voice and video callingalongside other telephony services, while using simultaneous LTE data serviceson LTE smartphones. VoLTE introduction will also help SoftBank utilize itsvaluable spectrum resources more efficiently.Junichi Miyakawa, Executive Vice President, Director and CTO, SoftBank Mobile,said: "With the rapid network evolution to LTE, SoftBank Mobile decided tointroduce VoLTE as the next generation communication technology for voice andvideo calling over LTE. We hope to be able to deliver quality communication in afast and cost-efficient manner by utilizing Ericsson's VoLTE solution."Ericsson is upgrading SoftBank Mobile's existing mobile core network (EricssonMobile Softswitch Solution and Evolved Packet Core) with a complete IMS core,which includes the Multimedia Telephony Application Server (MTAS). SoftBankMobile's best-in-class Ericsson-based LTE network is also being upgraded withnew VoLTE software.The VoLTE infrastructure will enable additional new enriched communicationservices, and will serve as the basis for SoftBank's future networkvirtualization plans and Telecom Cloud introduction.Until nationwide LTE coverage is deployed, seamless handover of ongoing voicecalls from LTE to WCDMA is needed to ensure uninterrupted voice services as theuser moves out of LTE coverage. Ericsson will also deploy this end-to-endnetwork handover functionality, SRVCC (Single Radio Voice Call Continuity).Jan Signell, President and Representative Director of Ericsson Japan and Head ofRegion North East Asia, said: "Ericsson's VoLTE offering provides a highlycapable end-to-end solution for SoftBank Mobile. With this new agreement we willcontinue to strengthen our strategic partnership with SoftBank Mobile. Byleveraging on the Ericsson installed base in the mobile core and radio network,and our ability to deliver complex Systems Integration projects, SoftBank Mobilewill benefit from a fast and cost efficient new service introduction."NOTES TO EDITORSDownload high-resolution photos and broadcast-quality video backgrounder on VoLTEAbout Ericsson's solution: Mobile Telephony Evolution with VoLTEAbout SoftBank Group: Ericsson and SoftBank Mobile press releases:Allocation of 900MHz "Platinum Band" (March 1, 2012)SoftBank Mobile deploys 900MHz Evolved HSPA network (March 22, 2012)SoftBank Mobileand Ericsson demonstrate new LTE feature to improve cell-edgedata rate(July 29, 2011)Improved mobile data access for Japanese users (November 5, 2010)Japan's SoftBank Mobile chooses Ericsson mobile broadband solution (August2, 2010)Ericsson 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 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's complete VoLTE solution selected by SoftBank mobile:[HUG#1739055]