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Ericsson selected as prime integrator by Hydro Québec
[December 16, 2010]

Ericsson selected as prime integrator by Hydro Québec

TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2010 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- -- Ericsson will be the prime integrator and project manager for the Meter Data Management System (MDMS) solution.

-- Remote meter readings of smart meters and MDMS solutions allow utilities to more effectively manage the measurement process.

-- For the data management system, Ericsson has chosen EnergyICT and will use its EIServer software.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) was selected as the prime integrator for the first phase of Hydro-Québec smart metering pilot project, following a rigorous evaluation and selection process.

Hydro-Québec, one of the largest electric utilities in North America, issued a request for proposal in February for the acquisition and installation of a MDMS solution in preparation for  activities related to the remote meter reading project.

As part of this project, Ericsson will be responsible for implementation and integration of EnergyICT's Meter Data Management System, which will pull data from the meters and integrate it with back-end office systems. A pilot project will be deployed initially, in order to obtain the authorization for the broad deployment of smart meters, slated to begin early 2012.

Hydro-Québec will draw on Ericsson's global experience in smart meter projects and from its personnel at its R&D and Services Centre in Montreal to gain the most value from the new system.

"Ericsson is delighted to have been selected for this important project and continue its long tradition of project implementation with Hydro-Québec" said Mike Sisto, Ericsson's Vice-President Sales - Eastern Canada. "By providing utilities with up-to-the-minute data streams, smart metering systems can significantly improve operational efficiency." ERICSSON Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services. The company's portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.  Ericsson is advancing its vision of being the "prime driver in an all-communicating world" through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 80,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 206.5 billion (USD 27.1 billion) in 2009. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX NASDAQ, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York. To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL: SOURCE: Ericsson Canada

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