Bengt Nordstrom, founder of industry consultancy NorthStream, shares a series of predictions for the mobile industry in 2013. In this fourth instalment he says that the managed services market will consolidate next year, down to a three-player market, as competition intensifies.
Indian operator Reliance Communications has signed an eight-year managed services deal with Swedish vendor Ericsson worth $1bn that will see Ericsson assume responsibility for the operator’s fixed and wireless networks in North and West India. Reliance signed a similar deal with Alcatel Lucent—also believed to be worth $1bn—covering East and South India in January.
MTN has chosen equipment vendor Ericsson to launch its LTE network in South Africa, which following a year-long trial is now live in the Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban areas. LTE has not been deployed in the city of Cape Town at present.
Swedish vendor Ericsson, which leads the infrastructure supply and service market has announced the acquisition of Canadian B/OSS provider ConceptWave. The price paid in the all-cash deal for the firm, which has 170 staff, was not revealed.
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.
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.
Ericsson has predicted that by 2017, there will be more than five billion mobile broadband subscriptions worldwide, by which point 85 per cent of the world’s population will have 3G coverage. The Swedish vendor said that by this time, 50 per cent of the world’s population will be covered by 4G and the total number of smartphone subscriptions will reach three billion.
Bharti Airtel has launched its operation in Rwanda, expanding its reach in Africa to 17 markets. The operator said that it took just 83 days to build the network from scratch, claiming the network represents the fastest Greenfield launch in history of Sub-Saharan Africa. The Indian operator has also pledged to invest $100m over the next three years.
Europe will soon gain another LTE network after 3 Italia announced that it has signed an agreement with Ericsson that will see the vendor upgrade the operator’s network to LTE offering speeds up to a theoretical limit of 100Mbps. The operator said the upgrade would be ready for a commercial launch in 2012, but did not give an exact time frame.
Ericsson claims to have developed a solution that triples uplink capacity in HSPA networks, allowing operators with a large number of users to offer high uplink data speeds. The news comes hot on the heels of an announcement from Nokia-Siemens Networks, which has claimed it has developed a new solution to double throughput and data speeds for users at the edge of a small cell.
The owners of handset joint venture Sony Ericsson are to part company, with Japanese electronics firm Sony acquiring the 50 per cent share of the JV held by Sweden’s Ericsson for €1.05bn. The announcement comes ten years after the formation of Sony Ericsson, which saw two struggling handset units combined in the hope of marrying Sony’s consumer electronics expertise and Ericsson’s telecoms experience.
Swedish vendor Ericsson has launched an in-application payment service targeted at operators that want to allow consumers to complete purchases without having to leave a game or application. Consumers will be able to buy goods and services with just one click, whilst remaining in the app.
Current networks are not up to the challenge of meeting the demands for broadband and will need to be replaced Johan Wibergh, executive vice president and head of business unit networks at Ericsson has said.
As the clock ticks down to the Broadband InfoVision Awards ceremony, to be held in Paris in two months’ time, we continue our series of previews of the different awards categories and their shortlisted entries. This month is the turn of Category Two – Broadband Access Network Technologies and Services (Fixed).
Du, one of the two major operators in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has selected GPON solutions from Ericsson for its rollout of a Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network in the country.
The Nortel patents auction saga took another twist Wednesday when Canadian Industry Minister Christian Paradis said that his government will hold an investigation into the sale to establish whether it complies with the terms of the Investment Canada Act.
The bunfight for Nortel’s patent chest concluded yesterday, with Chief Strategy Officer George Riedel’s announcement that “following a very robust auction”, the winning bid came from a buyer too big for even Google to take on. Following months of speculation and a $900m kick-off bid from Mountain View, the booty has gone to a consortium that reads like a Who’s Who of the tech industry: Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, RIM and Sony. Even with names like that in the mix, the $4.5bn price paid is still pretty eye-watering or, as Nortel’s Riedel preferred to put it, “unprecedented.”
While many countries LTE plans are still at the drawing board stage the ever eager Swedish are already getting a taste of its successor, LTE Advanced. This week Ericsson demonstrated LTE Advanced running over a test network in Kista, Sweden.