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Press Releases - January 2004

Ericsson makes music mobile at MIDEM 2004


Ericsson, the leading telecom supplier, is a bridge between the music industry and mobile operators in helping them develop attractive mobile music and video services for consumers. Ericsson will therefore be present for the first time at MIDEM 2004, the leading international music market, to create awareness of the mobile channel as a viable choice for the music industry.

Visitors to the Ericsson booth at MIDEM will experience how music content can be presented through the mobile channel today. Demonstrations will include M-USE, a mobile music service developed by Ericsson in cooperation with Sony Music. M-USE is open to all labels and operators. It delivers personalized music news and "fan-packages" containing music clips, ring-tones, artist pictures, recommendations, and more to consumers. Visitors can also see a 3G M-USE demonstration complete with Mastertones, full-length audio and video downloads and video streaming.

"New services are needed to compete and create new revenues in both the telecom and music industries. Ericsson has great experience and knowledge of what services are successful in the mobile networks," says Kurt SillÚn, Vice President, Ericsson Mobility World.

Visitors to MIDEM can meet Ericsson at booth R36.13, Riviera Hall in the Telecom Village at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

In addition on January 25th between 17:00 and 18:00 Kurt SillÚn, Vice President, Ericsson Mobility World will be a panel member in the "Music To Their Ears - Marketing Music Via Mobile Phones" session during the Mobile Music Forum conference at the Palais des Festivals in the Auditorium Esterel.

Ericsson's press meeting room is located at the Palais des Festivals, Niveau 1, Espace Ortega.

MIDEM takes place on 25-29th January 2004. An overview of the MIDEM program of activities can be found at:

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.

Nokia introduces the first EDGE-capable smartphone for the Americas market


Nokia 6620 imaging phone combines the productivity of a business tool with the fun of a multimedia device.

Surrounded by the bright lights and fast pace of Times Square in New York, Nokia (NYSE: NOK) today unveiled the new Nokia 6620 imaging phone, the first smartphone for the Americas market optimized for use on new high-speed EDGE networks. The Nokia 6620 imaging phone employs a 65,000 color TFT screen for viewing still images and video clips captured by the integrated VGA camera and real-time video streaming over the EDGE network using the built-in RealOne mobile player. While taking pictures, users have the ability to use the 2X digital zoom and a self-timer feature to allow everyone to be included in the fun, while the extended memory enables the saving of hundreds or even thousands of images. The powerful Symbian OS-based Series 60 platform allows for the creation of richer applications including business and productivity tools such as mobile e-mail, over-the air synchronization of PDA data, a fully integrated Internet browser (HTML 4.01, XHTML/CSS and WML), and a wide selection of third-party applications. The Nokia 6620 imaging phone (GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1900/1800 MHz) is expected to be available during the second quarter of 2004.

A wide range of the newest multimedia features give Nokia 6620 imaging phone owners a multitude of ways to capture, share and enjoy content. Multimedia messages come to life with the use of SMIL (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language) technology. SMIL technology allows images, sounds and text to be built into a single MMS, and then received in exactly the order intended by the sender. An integrated image uploader allows pictures to be sent directly to Internet-based photo services, where images can be stored, sorted, shared, and made into prints. Additionally, images can easily be printed at home with the use of a compatible Bluetooth enabled printer. The Nokia 6620 imaging phone also supports innovative Nokia enhancements including the Nokia Image Viewer, for sharing pictures and slideshows on a television, and the Nokia Picture Frame, for stand-alone storing and displaying of favorite images.

The high-speed capability of EDGE technology enables the Nokia 6620 imaging phone to deliver real-time video streaming directly to the palm of users' hands. The built in RealOne mobile player can access the large existing base of Real formatted video content and new 3GPP content designed specifically for mobile devices. By supporting both types of files, the Nokia 6620 imaging phone can deliver compelling content today such as sports, news, finance and entertainment content today, and also be ready to access future mobile content. In addition, the powerful combination of EDGE and the full Internet browser within the Nokia 6620 offers users efficient access to virtually all online content over a high-speed network.

"The Nokia 6620 imaging phone offers the latest in technology for both business and personal use, and in a surprisingly compact and easy-to-use package that weighs less than 4 and a half ounces," said Randy Roberts, director of imaging devices for Nokia. "By delivering a tool that can quickly access content ranging from streaming video and stereo MP3 music to e-mail and corporate intranet files, we are offering users the ability to manage and control how they use the mobility afforded by wireless technology."

Along with its multimedia capability, the Nokia 6620 imaging phone also has the power to serve as an effective mobile business tool. Built on the Series 60 platform, the Nokia 6620 imaging phone supports a number of business-focused applications allowing companies to securely mobilize data and their workforces. For organization, the Nokia 6620 imaging phone has PDA functionality that can be synchronized over the air or directly to a PC using cable, infrared or Bluetooth connectivity. Between the on-board memory and the included MMC memory card, the Nokia 6620 imaging phone has over 40MB of memory in its standard configuration. E-mail and instant messaging clients support efficient text communication, while presence functionality allows users to communicate their current availability to associates. The Nokia 6620 imaging phone can also support VPN clients for access behind corporate firewalls, improving access to corporate online information sources such as intranet sites.

With a wide selection of business applications designed for Series 60-based devices, business users also have the option to customize their Nokia 6620 imaging phones with the applications they require to make being on the road easier and more productive. Some applications already on the market include word processing, expense reporting, document management and travel-related software packages. Additionally, the EDGE capability of the Nokia 6620 imaging phone allows these applications to be more quickly downloaded than ever before.


Ericsson launches humanitarian response program for north Latin America region


Ericsson and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (The Federation) have launched the Ericsson Response(TM) humanitarian assistance program to cover the northern region of Latin America. The project is the second Ericsson Response program launched in the Americas.

The expanded initiative is based on the global agreement signed in September 2002 by Ericsson and The Federation at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

The first agreement in the Americas focused on the Central America and Caribbean region and provided for two Ericsson mobile network containers, which can be easily deployed to provide an emergency telecommunications network to aid disaster response efforts, to be based in Panama at the Pan American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU), which is a part of the Federation.

PADRU-The Federation/Panama, the International Red Cross with the Colombian Red Cross and Ericsson have now signed a letter of intent to extend the Ericsson Response Program to cover the north Latin America region.

"As a part of the agreement, a simulation exercise is being conducted to transport and deploy one of the Ericsson mobile network containers to Colombia. This exercise gives us a lot of hands-on experience in operating the Telecommunications ERU (Emergency Response Units) during disaster situations. As a result of the exercise, the Federation-PADRU unit and Ericsson Response will develop valuable procedures that will help us to face real emergency situations in a faster and more efficient way," said Nelson Casta˝o, head of PADRU-The Federation.

"The launch of Ericsson Response in north Latin America shows our commitment to the region," said Dag Nielsen, Director of Ericsson Response. "The simulation exercise in Colombia is a good stage to test the system and prepare our regional Ericsson Response volunteers for emergency operations in Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia and the Caribbean."

Bellsouth Colombia S.A. also participated in this simulation activity, providing support for potential disasters in the country with interconnection and site facilities for proper operation and connection to the public network.

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.