Telecommunications giant announce plans for the Volvo Ocean Race.

Ericsson announced today its entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005. Ericsson, the world’s leading telecommunications supplier, will be on the starting line on November 5, 2005 taking part in the most challenging and competitive ocean sailing race.

The Volvo Ocean Race gives Ericsson an unrivalled opportunity to reach its customers around the world, as well as showcasing how its solutions can help them develop relationships with enterprises and consumers. The yacht will be the only Swedish entry in the line up.

Ericsson will, together with Semcon as design and development partner, form the ‘Ericsson Racing Team’. The campaign will be supported by Atlant Ocean Racing, which has a proven track record of success in the Volvo Ocean Race. The team’s yacht is currently under construction at the world-renowned British shipwrights Green Marine in Lymington, UK, under the supervision of Jason Carrington. The launch is planned to June 2005.

‘With Ericsson we have a truly successful formula,’ said Richard Brisius, project leader and founder of Atlant Ocean Racing. ‘They bring experience and understanding of how to drive complex projects with operational excellence in all aspects and we will have a crew and shore team who are all experts in their field. We have no doubt that the Ericsson Racing Team will be a real contender in this year’s race.’

No details about skipper and crew have been released.