Telia provides tele/datacom solution for Axfood
Telia provides tele/datacom solution for Axfood
Telia has signed a functional agreement with Axfood in which Telia has
committed itself to provide a complete solution for telephony and data
communications over a three-year period. An agreement has also been
signed with Axfood to provide fixed line and mobile telephony services
at fixed rates. The agreement are valued at approximately SEK 100
The functional agreement will give Axfood a communications solution
connecting the offices, warehouses and approximately 500 retail stores
of the Axfood Group in Sweden and the rest of the Nordic region.
"The solution as a whole will give Axfood major possibilities to develop
an advanced group-wide communications systems, despite the fact that
Axfood's operations are spread over a wide geographic area," says Gunnar
Flinta, Sales Manager for Telia Partner.
The telephony solution includes 2,000 extensions, of which the majority
are distributed over eight MD PBXs. Extensions will be provided for
retail stores through a Centrex solution within the same network group.
In Centrex, the switching function is located at the nearest AXE central
Axfood's data communications will also be co-ordinated on a Nordic basis
through a Wide Area Network (WAN) with 35 connection points.
Axfood's WAN solution is based on Multi-VPN, a virtual private network
service and proprietary Telia product that is extremely reliable and
secure in operation. Most of Axfood's retail stores will be connected to
the network through ADSL or ISDN connections. All connections provide
"Axfood will be able to streamline its operations substantially. The
company's telephony and datacom systems are configured to allow Axfood
to expand them without having to make major new investments," ends
For further information journalists can contact:
Gunnar Flinta, Sales Manager, Telia Sweden, +46 70 269 39 99.
Torbjörn Larsson, Press Manager, Telia Sweden, +46 70 527 20 33.
Forward-Looking Statements This press release may contain forward-
looking statements regarding Telia's exchange offer to Sonera's
shareholders and warrantholders. Statements that are not strictly
historical statements, including statements about Telia's and Sonera's
beliefs and expectations, constitute forward-looking statements. By
their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to risk and
uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances
that will occur in the future. Telia and Sonera are under no obligation
to, and expressly disclaim such obligation to, update or alter their
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise.
Restrictions on Ability of Certain Persons to Participate in the
Exchange Offer Due to restrictions under the securities laws of
Australia, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's
Republic of China, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa, the
exchange offer will not be extended to persons with registered addresses
in, and who are residents of, any of Australia, the Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Italy, Japan,
New Zealand or South Africa.
Cautionary Disclaimer/Legend The combination of Sonera and Telia is
being implemented through an exchange offer being made by Telia to all
shareholders of Sonera. The contents of this document are neither an
offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of
Telia. Any offer in the United States will only be made through a
prospectus, which is part of a registration statement on Form F-4, which
Telia filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC")
on October 1, 2002. Sonera shareholders who are U.S. persons or are
located in the United States are urged to carefully review the
registration statement on Form F-4, the prospectus included therein and
other documents relating to the offer that Telia has filed or will file
with the SEC because these documents contain important information
relating to the offer. You are also urged to read the related
solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 that was filed
by Sonera with the SEC on October 1, 2002 regarding the offer. You may
obtain a free copy of these documents at the SEC's web site at
www.sec.gov. You may also inspect and copy the registration statement on
Form F-4, as well as any documents incorporated by reference therein,
and the Schedule 14D-9 at the public reference room maintained by the
SEC at 450 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC
at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information about the public reference
room. These documents may also be obtained free of charge by contacting
Telia AB, Investor Relations, SE-12386 Farsta, Sweden. Attention:
External Communications or Investor Relations (phone: +46 8 7137143, or
Sonora, Teollisuuskatu 15, P.O. Box 106, FIN-00051 SONERA, Finland.
Attention: Investor Relations (phone: +358 20401). YOU SHOULD READ THE
PROSPECTUS AND THE SCHEDULE 14D-9 CAREFULLY BEFORE MAKING A DECISION
CONCERNING THE OFFER.
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