September 22, 2008

Ericsson and Alltel Wireless Extend Partnership for MMS Solution

Ericsson has extended its relationship with Alltel Wireless, an owner and operator of wireless networks, according to which Ericsson will manage the system operations and maintenance of Alltel's multimedia messaging services.

The deal is an extension of an existing agreement in which Ericsson manages the complete system operations and maintenance of Alltel's multimedia messaging services (MMS).

Ericsson has overseen operations and support of Alltel's MMS solutions since 2003, helping Alltel stimulate usage and grow its revenue stream through customized use cases, inter-carrier messaging and video support.

Craig Kirkland, vice president of messaging and voice services for Alltel Wireless, said: "Multimedia content and services are crucial in competitive wireless industry. By choosing Ericsson, we are ensuring that Alltel customers will continue to have access to the best multimedia offerings."

Angel Ruiz, president and CEO for Ericsson North America, said: "The extension of our agreement with Alltel demonstrates our commitment to support our long-term relationship with one of the key wireless operators in the country. This deal guarantees that Ericsson will continue to deliver the highest quality multimedia content to Alltel customers."