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StarMedia, Ericsson Team for Mobile Solutions

StarMedia Network Inc., the Internet media company focused on Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking audiences, signed a deal with Ericsson to offer combined mobile Internet solutions to Latin American wireless carriers.

The partnership leverages StarMedia Mobile's wireless Internet products and customized content, and Ericsson's mobile Internet solutions, applications and devices. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

Ericsson is integrating StarMedia Mobile's Internet products into its product portfolio of Messaging-over-IP solutions, which supports e-mail, voice mail, fax mail, SMS (Short Message Services) and unified messaging. The combined solution will enable mobile operators to provide mobile Internet services such as e-mail and personalized information services in Spanish and Portuguese to the end user's mobile device.

The two companies also will undertake joint marketing efforts directed at wireless network operators in Latin America.

According to Ericsson, there will be more than 75 million mobile subscribers in Latin America by the end of this year. This number is expected to grow to approximately 120 million in 2003.