Mexican wireless operator Telcel is rolling out LTE in the country, having tapped up Swedish kit vendor and long time partner Ericsson as a supplier.
Quite a number of my analyst colleagues were in sunny Cape Town for the AfricaCom conference last week. I on the other hand have just returned from more northerly climes, from an Ericsson industry analyst forum held in a decidedly chillier Stockholm. I was struck by a number of things at this event, the first and foremost being how thoroughly Ericsson is seeking to reposition itself.
The Informer imagines the walls of Greek operator OTE’s headquarters to be decked at present with soft focus posters extolling the various virtues of gardening, fishing, woodland walks and home baking. All those hobbies you never had time for during your working life but no doubt aim to enjoy once retirement comes around.
Infrastructure vendor Ericsson is set to cut 1,550 jobs in its native Sweden. The announcement follows the firm’s third quarter earnings announcement, in which it saw a staggering 42 per cent year on year reduction in net income.
Swedish operator group TeliaSonera has implemented a platform to strengthen its M2M offering in the Nordic and Baltic markets. The operator has deployed Swedish vendor Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform which will enable it to deploy and manage large volumes of mobile subscriptions and provide flexibility to its M2M partners and customers.
The industry’s big hitters have finished their doing their sums and counting their cash for another quarter and revealed just how they have performed over the quarter gone by. Apple, as per usual, posted a strong growth in profit, and was joined by America Movil, which did the same. Ericsson and NTT DoCoMo, had bad news to report.
Ericsson’s CTO Ulf Ewaldsson opened Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam with some impressive numbers: 85 per cent of the world is covered with 2G voice; 45 per cent of the population is covered with 3G; and five per cent is covered by a 4G system, which he expects to reach 50 per cent in the next five years. There are a billion phones with internet connectivity and 11 million cars online.
Watch his presentation above and hear his views…
The UK arm of Telefonica, O2 has announced it will stop using Ericsson’s Central User Database, blaming the solution for recent network outages. The operator experienced an outage earlier this month; the second such network failure in recent months. It said that it would replace the solution with the latest version of Home Location Register (HLR) database, which will also be supplied by Ericsson.
The winners of this year’s Broadband InfoVision Awards were announced last night at a gala dinner ceremony in Amsterdam, with UK public-private partnership Superfast Cornwall scooping the Changing Lives award and Alcatel-Lucent leaving with two trophies.
In parallel with the adoption of LTE in the wireless space, the fixed line community is undergoing its own long term evolution. Speaking to a small group of journalists and analysts outside the RAI yesterday morning, Ulf Ewaldsson, CTO of equipment vendor Ericsson, said the explosive growth in cloud technology was spurring the requirement for Software Defined Network (SDN) specifications for service providers and telcos.
Brazilian operators Vivo and Oi have selected their suppliers for their LTE networks. Vivo, Telefônica subsidiary in the country, has announced that Swedish vendor Ericsson will supply and implement its 4G network in the North and Mid-Western regions of Brazil, as well as the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia and Sergipe.
Embattled chipset firm ST-Ericsson has agreed to transfer its R&D division based in Linköping, Sweden, to local IT consultancy Cybercom. The move follows recent speculation regarding the future of ST-Ericsson, the 50/50 joint venture between Ericsson and STMicroelectronics, as the company battles with rising losses and suggests more changes are still to come.
With just three weeks to go until the winners of this year’s Broadband InfoVision Awards are announced, we preview the shortlisted entries for the category Best Broadband Access Award (Fixed).
With just five weeks to go until the winners of this year’s Broadband InfoVision Awards are announced, we preview the shortlisted entries for the category Best Broadband Cloud.
US access solutions provider Calix has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the fibre access assets of major Swedish telecoms equipment vendor Ericsson for an unspecified amount.
Estonian electricity distribution network Elektrilevi, this week signed an eight-year contract with Swedish telecoms vendor Ericsson to supply, deploy, integrate and run a smart-metering network in the country.
China Mobile has signed deals with Ericsson and ZTE to help build its converged LTE-FDD/TDD network in Hong Kong. The operator has signed contracts with both vendors for the project after acquiring spectrum in the 2330MHz-2360MHz band. The network will cover Hong Kong Island and Kowloon and the converged network is due to be launched in the fourth quarter of the year.
Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson has seen its profit drop 63 per cent year-on-year in 2Q12. The bottom line figure stood at SEK1.2bn ($171m), compared with SEK3.2bn in the same period a year earlier. Notably, in 1Q12, the firm recorded $8.8bn in profit.
If you watched Wimbledon’s epic showdown live on television, then you have Telstar to thank. Launched 50 years ago, the Telstar-1 satellite, brainchild of Bell Labs, made international live broadcasts possible. On July 10, 1962, the age of global communications truly began.
Leading network infrastructure vendors have pulled out of negotiations with India’s state-owned telco BSNL, which is looking to expand its network. Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks have pulled out of the tender, claiming that they cannot match the offer from Chinese vendor ZTE.