Nordic Business Report-November 16, 2005-Ericsson partners with UNDP
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Swedish telecomms solutions provider Ericsson said on Wednesday (16 November) that it had entered into partnership with the Growing Sustainable Business (GSB) initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The partnership is an effort to reach the vision of Communication for All and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the company. UNDP's GSB programme enables companies to participate in meeting the MDGs through its facilitation of commercially viable business ventures that reduce poverty. The Information and Communication Technology sector, and in particular telecommunication, has a key role to play in reaching the MDGs. Ericsson, in cooperation with UNDP and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), has launched a new business model which is optimised for providing mobile coverage to rural users. According to a feasibility study by the parties, the mobile phone would be one of the technologies with the greatest impact on economic development.
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