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Billion-dollar managed services deals shake up Indian market

India's 2G spectrum reauction has begun today

Last week Indian operator Reliance Communications announced a $1bn eight-year managed services deal with Ericsson, transferring network operations and management to Ericsson in Northern and Western states of India.

This follows hot on the heels of a parallel $1bn eight-year managed services contract announced in January with Alcatel-Lucent, transferring network operations and management to Alcatel-Lucent in Southern and Eastern states of India.

Life of the party

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This week the The Informer’s phone has been ringing off the hook with event invitations, gossip and briefing opportunities for Mobile World Congress; he’s been fielding more phone calls than Findus.

VimpelCom signs Ericsson’s first managed services contract in Russia

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Russian operator VimpelCom has signed a five-year managed services contract with Ericsson. The Swedish vendor’s first major managed services contract in Russia sees it managing Vimpelcom’s network operations at more than 10,000 sites.

Tele2 expands European backhaul network

Ericsson will expand and upgrade Tele2's mobile backhaul network throughout Europe

Swedish operator group Tele2 has enlisted the services of compatriot Ericsson to expand and upgrade its mobile backhaul network throughout Europe. The infrastructure vendor will provide Tele2 with its Mini-Link series of microwave radio solutions as well as professional support services and training.

Ericsson’s Q4 loss halves full year profit

Ericsson has posted a SEK6.3bn ($998m) net loss for 4Q12

Swedish network infrastructure vendor Ericsson has posted a SEK6.3bn ($998m) net loss for 4Q12, bringing the firm’s net income for the full year down to SEK5.9bn, less than half of the SEK12.6bn it recorded for 2011. Sales for the quarter improved by five per cent year on year to SEK66.9bn, and remained flat for the full year at SEK227.8bn.

Ericsson picks up IT services expertise

Swedish equipment manufacturer Ericsson has announced its intention to acquire the IT services capabilities of the Devoteam Telecom & Media operation in France.

Ericsson to test and verify AT&T devices

Ericsson will test and verify AT&T's devices

US operator AT&T has called on Swedish vendor Ericsson to provide testing and verification for the devices it sells. Ericsson will test the performance for each manufacturer’s device to ensure they are compatible with regulatory and international carrier requirements and networks.

Toyota and Ford showcase connected car technologies at CES

Toyota and Ford are both showcasing connected car technologies at CES in Las Vegas

Connected cars are becoming an increasingly important opportunity for mobile operators and auto manufacturers Toyota and Ford will be showcasing new technologies at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week.

Ericsson takes $1.2bn hit on ST-Ericsson

Ericsson is incurring a $1.2bn charge related to its stake in JV ST-Ericsson

Ericsson said that the charge includes write down of assets to reflect the current best estimate of Ericsson’s share of the market value of the firm, as well as additional charges related to the available strategic options for the future of ST-Ericsson’s assets.

Volvo teams with Ericsson on connected cars

Volvo aims to be a leader in the connected car space

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has announced it will use local infrastructure vendor Ericsson’s Connected Vehicle Cloud solution in order to allow drivers, passengers and the car to connect to services available in the cloud.

A tale of two strategies

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Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson have implemented contrasting strategies, one favouring specialisation and the other strength in breadth.

SDN the answer to network strain, says Ovum

SDN will make future networks more flexible, scalable and intelligent, according to Ovum

With traditional network architectures struggling to cope with more dynamic applications and services, software-defined networking (SDN) provides the answer to operators’ woes, according to research firm Ovum. The company believes SDN will be key in enabling future networks to become more flexible, scalable and intelligent.

ST-Ericsson looking to split up

ST and Ericsson are going their separate ways

Troubled chip vendor ST-Ericsson is to lose one of its parents, as the company looks for a way to turn its fortunes around.

European manufacturer STMicroelectronics said it has taken the decision to exit ST-Ericsson and is currently in negotiations on exit options.

Huawei scores managed services deal with 3UK

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei scored a significant coup on Monday, winning a managed services contract with Hutchison-owned 3UK.

Ericsson files legal action against Samsung

Ericsson claims that Samsung refused to sign a license agreement on FRAND terms, despite two years of negotiations

As if facing legal action over patents from fellow handset manufacturers, such as Apple, was not enough, Korean firm Samsung is now facing action from the infrastructure market after Ericsson filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the company. The Swedish vendor claims that Samsung refused to sign a license agreement on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms, despite two years of negotiations.

Practice makes perfect at Ericsson

Telia, Telenor, Tele2 and 3 are planning to replicate their 4T mobile payment joint venture in Norway and Denmark

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 golden years

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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.

Telcel Mexico intros LTE

Mexico is getting LTE

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.

Ericsson to slash 1,550 jobs in Sweden

Ericsson plans to cut 1,550 jobs in Sweden

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.

TeliaSonera deploys M2M platform

TeliaSonera has deployed Ericsson's Device Connection Platform

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.

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