Infrastructure giant Ericsson forecasts total mobile data traffic growth will increase ten-fold between now and 2019, on the back of smartphone subscription growth that is expected to grow at four times the rate of total mobile subscriptions, and total global LTE subscriptions that are forecasted to grow 13-fold.
Swedish vendor Ericsson on Tuesday agreed to acquire US-based MetraTech, a provider of metadata-based billing, commerce and settlement tools. Financial details were not disclosed but the acquisition is not telecom specific. Ericsson said MetraTech’s billing suite is adaptable to multiple business models and industries, extending the company’s presence into other key markets, including transport and utilities.
In a live, over-the-air demonstration of pre-standard equipment, the Swedish company achieved 5Gbps throughput in the 15 GHz frequency band using advanced MIMO technology at its lab in Kista, Sweden.
In the latest of a rash of VoLTE announcements, French carrier Bouygues Telecom said it would start carrying the first voice and video calls over LTE later this year with a view to commercial launch of the service in 2015.
Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has farmed out trial contracts to several big infrastructure vendors in order to pilot 5G mobile network technologies, promising data rates of 10Gbps.
Despite seeing a year on year decline in net sales, Swedish vendor Ericsson has announced a 41 per cent year on year increase in net income for the first quarter of 2014. Net income for the firm stood at SEK1.7bn for 1Q14, compared with SEK1.2bn in 1Q13, while net sales dropped from SEK52bn in 1Q13 to SEK47.5bn in 1Q14.
Taiwanese mobile operator Far EasTone has called on Swedish vendor Ericsson to provide hardware, software and support services as it rolls out its 3G and LTE multi-access RAN and core network nationwide.
Operator group Telenor has called on infrastructure vendor Ericsson to provide network equipment and managed services for its network in Myanmar. The two firms have signed a five year contract which sees Ericsson implementing equipment in a multivendor environment as well as provide managed services for the network.
Operator group Vodafone has called on Swedish vendor Ericsson to help it carry out its Project Spring organic investment programme. The two firms have signed a five-year deal for the Swedish vendor to provide products and services to further enhance the Vodafone network quality as part of the £7bn project.
Australian carrier Telstra and Swedish infrastructure firm Ericsson picked up the award for Pushing the Limits in mobile technology at the inaugural Telecoms.com Industry Awards on Monday night in Barcelona.
Vodafone Germany has carried out the first live trial of LTE Broadcast in Europe, Ericsson announced on Tuesday. The trial, which also involved Qualcomm and Samsung, took place at the stadium of German football team Borussia Mönchengladbach during a match played on Saturday.
The run up to MWC has seen several equipment vendors gearing up their small cell strategy as operators move on from plugging coverage gaps to boosting their service offerings with the technology.
Embedded computing developer Kontron has joined the OpenStack foundation as a sponsor and is working to integrate its cloud-based application infrastructure with the open source cloud provisioning and orchestration platform. Kontron said the move is a “significant milestone” in its long-term strategy in the software defined infrastructure space, an area telcos, cloud service providers and vendors are paying more attention to as of late.
African operator group MTN has signed a five-year managed services deal with Swedish kit vendor Ericsson relating to its Nigerian business. Ericsson will take full responsibility for MTN Nigeria’s network management, optimisation and field maintenance in Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Asaba, which represents 75 per cent of the Nigerian network.
Ericsson has signed a global deal with network specialist Ciena that will see the Swedish vendor integrate Ciena’s technologies into its own offerings, with the two firms collaborating on future technological development.
Swedish vendor Ericsson will unveil a managed services business model later this month during MWC that will see it take ownership of small cell infrastructure on behalf of operators. The Small cell as a Service offering is designed for high capacity environments that also experience peaky demand, such as sport stadiums, allowing operators to ‘fill in’ for capacity needs without densifying the macro network.
Swedish vendor Ericsson has acquired US-based upstart Azuki Systems, a television streaming delivery platform provider. The vendor said that the acquisition strengthens its television and media portfolio and complements Microsoft’s TV unit Mediaroom, which it purchased in April last year.
Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson reported flat sales for the fourth quarter and full year 2013, while net earnings were boosted by the patent licensing agreement with Samsung reported last week.
Infrastructure vendor Ericsson has settled with Korean firm Samsung over global essential patent licences relating to GSM, UMTS and LTE standards for both networks and handsets, putting to bed another of the industry’s long running disputes.
US operator AT&T is pitching a modular connected car platform packaging connectivity, billing, data analytics and infotainment to car makers and developers to create their own customised offerings.