If Ericsson were to purchase Ciena or Juniper, the argument is that it could bolster its lagging wireline portfolio, but one Citigroup analyst says that neither deal is likely to happen.
With Nokia's recent move to acquire Alcatel-Lucent in full play, Ericsson is now looking at its own purchase options, which, reports say, potentially could include Juniper or Ciena.
Collaborating with several Swedish companies, Ericsson plans to launch a pilot project that will use 5G technology to improve productivity and safety in the Swedish mining industry.
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg scheduled a meeting with senior management to discuss potential large-scale mergers and acquisitions that would help the company to compete against a merged Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent.
Despite low LTE penetration, Russian mobile operators are starting to close the gap with their Western European counterparts in terms of LTE deployments, even though the government has never held an auction for next-generation frequencies. However, operators face several challenges in boosting LTE adoption, including a large number of prepaid users on 2G networks and a tough geographical environment that takes its toll on network infrastructure and its deployment.
Russia is gearing up to hold its first LTE spectrum auction in the second half of 2015, although a lack of auctions has not stopped the country's mobile operators pressing ahead with rollouts of the technology.
Ericsson is once again partnering with Volvo, this time with its Latin American business unit that sells buses for public transit. The two companies plan to customize Volvo's ITS4Mobility intelligent transport system to improve transportation in Latin American cities.
Ericsson signed a multi-year agreement with Safaricom to upgrade the Kenya-based operator's mobile broadband network through the addition of Wi-Fi access points and the improvement of the microwave backhaul network.
Ericsson is suing Apple in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, arguing Apple owes it patent royalties for using Ericsson's wireless technologies in the iPhone and iPad. The move represents an expansion of the companies' existing legal squabble.
Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes said a proposed take over by Nokia Networks is not affected by the companies' respective earnings in the opening quarter, after the French-U.S. equipment vendor's net loss increased year-on-year.