Ericsson was established in Malaysia in 1964. In 1970 a factory was built in Shah Alam for making cables and AXE telephone exchanges. During 1997 Malaysia's first factory for making mobile telephones was opened. Ericsson has played an active role in Malaysia's history, as the company has been part of the development of the country's telecom industry.
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In 1985, the British Telecom selected AXE as its second system for the British telephone network after its own System X. In the same year, mobile telephone operator Vodafone opened one of Great Britain's first mobile telephone networks, for which Ericsson had supplied the equipment. In the early 1990s, Vodafone also ordered a GSM network from Ericsson.
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Ericsson's activities in Poland began in 1901, when Poland was still under Russian rule. Telephone operations in Warsaw and later in several other Polish cities were one of Ericsson's most profitable businesses during the 1920s and 1930s. Activities in Poland came to an abrupt halt with the outbreak of World War II.
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