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C Spire Business Solutions Selects Ericsson for IP-Based Push-To-Talk Cloud Services

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- (Marketwired) -- 07/22/13 -- Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC)

  • Ericsson to manage Push-to-Talk cloud services for C Spire Business Solutions
  • Cloud-based Push-to-Talk allows carriers to easily implement without modifying existing networks
  • Significant milestone for Ericsson's IP-based Push-to-Talk service

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced that C Spire Business Solutions (CSBS), which offers small and medium-sized businesses advanced technology solutions and personal customer support, is using its IP-based cloud services -- powered by Kodiak Networks -- to help launch new, next-generation Push-To-Talk (PTT) services.

CSBS is a unit of C Spire Wireless, a Ridgeland, Mississippi-based technology services company and the largest privately held wireless communications provider in the United States. The new PTT service is targeting businesses, government agencies and service organizations with features that help customers communicate faster and talk to larger groups across more types of devices than ever before.

The strategic partnership between the two companies will allow CSBS to offer new PTT services across a robust suite of new devices, including smartphones, and transition existing customers from its current legacy platform to the new cloud-based platform over the next 12 months.

With PTT as a cloud service, carriers like C Spire are able to provide advanced services without the need for extensive network infrastructure modifications -- offering a future-proof solution that can be continually managed and updated in the cloud.

"PTT continues to be very popular across many different industries with its simple, affordable approach," said Craig Borncamp, Director of Business Sales for C Spire Business Solutions. "Working with Ericsson to introduce Kodiak Networks' IP-based cloud services technology in our network places us at the forefront in helping customers take full advantage of the inherent benefits of this service."

Push-To-Talk allows users to instantly connect and communicate to an individual or a group of people at the push of a button. In a fraction of a second, a call to recipients is set up and the sender can begin speaking to the audience. Recipients of a PTT call then hear the voice of the sender through the phone's speaker.

"With PTT as a cloud-based service, we can easily integrate applications and help companies like C Spire more effectively manage this service for their customers," said Craig Stein, Head of Broadband and Media Accounts for Ericsson. "Cloud-based PTT services help reduce the amount of time and equipment and network investments for operators."

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Ericsson is a world-leading provider of communications technology and services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainable societies around the world.

Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Information and Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and we support customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscriptions.

We are more than 110,000 people working with customers in more than 180 countries. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2012 the company's net sales were SEK 227.8 billion (USD 33.8 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.

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