Ericsson, Telcel to Develop Mobile Net in Mexico

LONDON (04/12/2000) - Swedish mobile phone company L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co. today announced that it will supply mobile data services technology to Mexican wireless operator Radiomóvil Dipsa SA de CV (Telcel).

Ericsson will supply CDPD (cellular digital packet data) technology to Telcel, which offers mobile services, including Web browsing, e-mail, location-based services, mobile e-commerce and online information services, according to a statement by Ericsson.

Location-based services make it possible for a user to find local information, such as maps or restaurant locations. Just by turning on the mobile phone, the user lets the network carrier detect what region he or she is in.

The service offers users an "always-on" connection, allowing them to be permanently logged on to the Internet or an e-mail account.

Telcel has 5.2 million customers in Mexico, according to the statement, giving it 70 percent market share. It is also the only network in Mexico to provide nationwide coverage, according to the statement.

Ericsson, in Stockholm, can be reached at +46-8-719-0000, or via the Web at http://www.ericsson.com/. Telcel can be reached on the Web at http://www.telcel.com/.

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