NEC Selects Ericsson Mobile Platforms for 3G WCDMA/GPRS Handsets

12/1/2004 - NEC Corporation has selected Ericsson Mobile Platforms for use in the launch of their next generation global WCDMA/GPRS handsets. The first products to be made available within the 1st half of FY2005 (April 2005 - September 2005), will be based on the Ericsson U100 platform, which is a highly integrated, stable and commercially proven solution.

"NEC's choice of Ericsson Mobile Platforms as a partner for their global WCDMA/GPRS products is a strong endorsement of our technology and leadership in 3G," said Sandeep Chennakeshu, President of Ericsson Mobile Platforms.

"This is one of our important strategic moves for 3G," said Yoshiharu Tamura, Senior General Manager of NEC's Mobile Terminals Operations Unit. "With addition of Ericsson Mobile Platforms to our portfolio, NEC will be ready to offer a wider range of 3G mobile terminals to meet the various demands of 3G mobile operators and end users in a timely manner, in response to the wide variety of services and functions required, as the 3G market and services grow and expand globally."

Ericsson Mobile Platforms is the world's leading 3G-platform provider. The U100 has been launched in an estimated 30% of the world's WCDMA products and has been selected by several of the world's leading handset providers due its stability, size, power consumption and rich feature set.

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.

About Ericsson Mobile Platforms
Ericsson Mobile Platforms is a leading platform provider offering complete solutions for GPRS, EDGE and WCDMA products. The complete offer includes reference designs (the blueprint to build a mobile phone with essential components), platform software (which provides access to key engines for manufacturers to build and launch applications), chipsets (ASICs) and development boards, development and test tools, a core application suite, industrialization solutions (software tools to calibrate and test phones in factories), interoperability and type approval support, training, support and documentation.

The technology is based on Ericsson's global standardization leadership and the world's strongest Intellectual Property Rights for 2.5 and 3G systems. Ericsson Mobile Platforms is wholly owned company within the Ericsson Group.

About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. Ranked as one of the world's top patent-producing companies, NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 140,000 people worldwide and had net sales of 4,906 billion yen (approx. $47 billion) in the fiscal year ended March 2004. For additional information, please visit the NEC home page at:

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