Ericsson will contribute USD 12 million to the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Cal-(IT) ) to conduct
studies of mobile communications with emphasis on CDMA evolution and the generation (4G) of mobile technology.
Ericsson's sponsorship is in conjunction with funding from the State of California, which has given Cal-(IT) USD 100 million in research funds.
"Ericsson is extremely pleased to sponsor the research activity of Cal-(IT)," said Uke Persson, president of Ericsson Wireless Communications,
Inc. in San Diego. "Ericsson has a long history of leading research and development efforts within the telecommunications industry. We believe
that investment in research programs such as this one will have significant global impact on the industry and the evolution of communications."
Among the areas of joint research activities undertaken by Ericsson and Cal-(IT) are CDMA Wireless Access Technology, Advanced Antenna Systems, Next Generation Mobile Internet, Quality of Service, Power Amplifier Technology and Wireless Access Networks. "These are all important research areas and will help to ensure the future of mobile communications," said Hakan Eriksson, vice president, Reseach, Ericsson. "This sponsorship is indicative of Ericsson's commitment to growing its research activities in the San Diego region."
"We are very pleased to have Ericsson as an industrial partner of Cal-(IT) ," said Larry Smarr, director of Cal-(IT) and UCSD professor of
Computer Science and Engineering. "As a global leader in wireless telecommunications, they will provide a critical core competency to central issues being investigated by our faculty."
Ericsson will coordinate with Cal-(IT) to define mutually agreed milestones over the next four years. Ericsson's sponsorship will be divided equally between professor and student support, lab and equipment support and research projects.
Ericsson is the leading communications supplier, combining innovation in mobility and Internet in creating the new era of mobile Internet. Ericsson
provides total solutions covering everything from systems and applications to mobile phones and other communications tools. With more than 100,000
employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for customers all over the world.