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Ericsson Says There have been No Discussions With Cisco Regarding a Merger or Acquisition

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Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has noted the recent speculation in the press and financial markets regarding an interest by Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) to acquire Ericsson. On November 9, 2015, the two companies announced a global business and technology partnership to create the networks of the future. The partnership announcement was supported by multiple agreements that include commitments to network transformation through reference architectures and joint development, systems-based management and control, a broad reseller agreement, and collaboration in key emerging market segments. President and CEO and member of the Board of Directors, Hans Vestberg says: "We note that there are rumors in the market regarding an acquisition of Ericsson by Cisco possibly spurred by the recent announcement of a partnership between our two companies. The talks leading up to the partnership announcement have been ongoing for a year and there have not been any discussions whatsoever on a merger or an acquisition." NOTES TO EDITORS For media kits, backgrounders and high-resolution photos, please visit www.ericsson.com/press Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with

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