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SK Telecom signs deals to improve LTE-A coverage and performance

SK Telecom has expanded its LTE-A services in South Korea

South Korean operator SK Telecom has announced two deals with European kit vendors as it looks to expand and develop its network services. The operator has expanded its LTE-Advanced service across South Korea using equipment supplied by Ericsson and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with German radio test and measurement equipment manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz to develop next-generation antenna technologies.

Marketing Director, TV & Media, Ericsson: “The growth of mobile network traffic has created a significant challenge for mobile operators”

Alexander Sem, Marketing Director, TV & Media, Ericsson

Following the successful LTE Awards 2013, we speak to Alexander Sem, Marketing Director, TV & Media, Ericsson, winners of the Most Innovative LTE Application/Service category.

Ericsson CFO sees strong performance from radio business

Jan Frykhammar, CFO, Ericsson

Infrastructure vendor Ericsson has reported year on year flat sales in 2Q13, generating SEK 55.3bn. Operating income grew from SEK 2.1bn in 2Q12 to SEK 2.5bn, while operating margin grew from 3.8 per cent to 4.5 per cent.

VimpelCom brings LTE to Moscow

VimpelCom has launched LTE services in Moscow

European operator VimpelCom has launched LTE services in Moscow. The firm’s LTE FDD services are now accessible within the central Sadovoye Ring area of the city. The operator expects LTE services to be available throughout the Russian capital by the end of 2013.

Ericsson holds steady despite loss on rollouts

"We want direct relationships..." Jan Frykhammar, CFO, Ericsson

Ericsson’s first quarter profits fell year on year to SEK1.2bn (€139m) from SEK8.8bn for the same period in 2012, largely due to the boost given to 1Q12 numbers by the firm’s exit from the Sony Ericsson device JV. While the vendor recorded a two per cent uptick in sales to SEK52bn it was hit by currency fluctuations and a disappointing performance from its network rollout business.

The pace of change

Hans Vestberg, CEO, Ericsson

Telecoms.com met with Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at Mobile World Congress in February. He shared his thoughts on the evolution of the operator and vendor markets and explained that managing the pace of change is his greatest challenge.

Ericsson wraps up Swedish job cuts

The largest number of job cuts were in the Swedish capital Stockholm.

Swedish vendor Ericsson has completed a series of redundancies in its home market which were first announced in November last year. 1,399 positions were cut at nine of Ericsson’s Swedish sites, with the majority in the Networks part of the business. The cuts resulted in 919 employees losing their jobs

Telcos and APIs: Got an Ology?

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British Telecom TV ads of the ‘80s are fondly remembered. Their star, suburban housewife Beattie (geddit?), encouraged a nation to talk. In one famous ad, Beattie comforts her hapless grandson about his dismal exam results. Discovering he’s at least passed sociology, she exclaims: “You get an Ology, you’re a scientist!” Many telecom operators think the same about [...]

Ericsson and Telstra in LTE Broadcast trial

Telstra has extended its partnership with Ericsson

Australia’s leading telecoms operator Telstra has signed an extension of its partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson that will see the two collaborate on the expansion of Telstra’s LTE network. In a briefing at Mobile World Congress on Monday the firms’ CEOs, David Thodey and Hans Vestberg signed a three-year expansion contract that Thodey described as “another multi-billion dollar deal”.

Ericsson and Reliance in $1bn outsourcing partnership

Ericsson has won a $1bn managed services contract in India

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 taps up Ericsson for LTE network in South Africa

MTN has used Ericsson for its LTE network

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.

Lay your bets – Prediction #4

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.

Ericsson builds B/OSS bulk with ConceptWave acquisition

Ericsson now claims to have the industry's leading B/OSS portfolio

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.

Calix buys Ericsson’s fibre assets

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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.

Ericsson sees 63 per cent drop in Q2 profit

Ericsson saw almost a two-thirds drop in profitability in 2Q12

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.

Telstar and the Bell System’s Forgotten Anniversary

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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.

Vendors opt out of BSNL bidding

Leading vendors have opted out of the bidding for BSNL's network expansion

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.

85% of world population to have 3G by 2017, says Ericsson

50 per cent of mobile broadband users will be using LTE by 2017, Ericsson claims

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.

Airtel chooses Ericsson for Rwanda build-out

Airtel chooses Ericsson or Rwanda project

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.

3 Italia taps Ericsson for LTE upgrade

3 Italia's network will be LTE flavoured at some point this year

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.

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