STOCKHOLM - June 17, 1996 - Ericsson and Cisco Systems today announcedtheir intent to collaborate on the development and exploration of wirelessInternet services. Wireless data communication makes it possible fornetwork operators to deploy and offer new services, such as email, based onwireless implementations of remote LAN access, intranet access for internalcorporate communications, as well as global Internet access.
The results of these efforts are intended to be deployed through severalstandard wireless implementations including GSM 900, DCS 1800 and PCS 1900.
The growth of Internet usage and laptop PCs in conjunction with PC PCMCIAcards and digital mobile phones are important driving forces in themarketplace for wireless data. Usage of smartphones and Personal DigitalAssistants (PDAs) are factors that will increase market growth. As a resultof the planned co-operation between Ericsson and Cisco Systems, wirelessoperators will be able to cater for this demand.
The goal is to provide solutions for end-to-end digital connections andfast-call opportunities for wireless circuit-switched data services.Typical operator service offerings will include Internet Direct Access withTCP/IP connectivity.
Ericsson has supplied GSM systems to 44 countries and is a world leader inGSM equipment. Ericsson's 85,000 employees are active in more than 100countries. Their combined expertise in switching, radio and networkingmakes Ericsson a world leader in telecommunications.
Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the leading globalsupplier ofinternetworkingsolutions for corporate intranets and the global Internet.Cisco's products, including routers, LAN and ATM switches, dial-up accessservers and network management software, are integrated by the