Ericsson to provide managed services for BASE

8/9/2005, 2:00 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)
Ericsson further strengthens its industry leadership in managed services by signing a contract with Belgian mobile operator BASE. This is the first managed services agreement in the KPN group.

Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will be responsible for
the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the BASE core network for
a period of 7 years. This will allow BASE to reduce operating
expenditure, increase its focus on customers and strengthen its
position in the Belgian market.

Bart Vandesompele, spokesperson for BASE, says: "This agreement will
allow us to focus even more on serving our customers with the quality
and reliability they are used to. Managed services are part of our
BASE strategy and we have every confidence in Ericsson, a longtime
partner and important supplier for BASE since the beginning."

"This contract with BASE further strengthens our global leadership
and reinforces the trend toward managed services, in which operators
and vendors work as partners to reduce costs, improve network
quality, optimize assets and bring new services to market as quickly
as possible," says Hans Vestberg, Head of Business Unit Global
Services, Ericsson.

Ericsson's business partnership with BASE started in 1998, when BASE
started its operations.

As the undisputed leader in managed services, Ericsson has announced
48 managed services contracts with operators worldwide since 2002.
In all current managed services contracts, excluding hosting,
Ericsson is managing networks that together serve more than 42
million subscribers worldwide

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

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About BASE
BASE n.v./s.a. is a 100% subsidiary of KPN Mobile N.V., the mobile
division of Koninklijke KPN N.V. KPN supplies mobile speech and data
services in Germany (E-Plus), Belgium (BASE) and the Netherlands (KPN
and Hi). At the end of 2004, BASE had 630 employees, a market share
of over 17% and sales of €432 million. End of March 2005,
BASE has a market share of more than 18%. The company, with its
headquarters in Brussels, focuses on specific market sectors. Since
May 2003, BASE connected more than 700.000 new customers to its
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