STOCKHOLM-- On a snowy day in Stockholm during Ericsson's Business Innovation Forum conference, Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg talked with FierceWireless Editor-in-Chief Sue Marek about the company's transformation from a hardware to a software company, its sudden exit from the modem business and why he thinks 5G will be a reality in 2020. The following is an excerpt of their conversation.
Sprint will launch a new prepaid brand called Virgin Mobile Custom that will use cloud-based billing and service platform technology from ItsOn, allowing customers create a mobile service plan they can customize on the fly.
ItsOn, the cloud-based mobile services provider behind the Sprint MVNO Zact Mobile, said it will shut down Zact. However, Sprint will be using ItsOn's technology and platforms to power a new, no-contract service it will launch in the coming months.
Sprint is going to use cloud-based OSS/BSS services from mobile services provider ItsOn, becoming the first carrier to use the company's new tools for traffic management and policy controls.
T-Mobile US signed a long-term managed services agreement with Ericsson, which will supply the operator with its Service Agility package, including unified charging, billing, order management, product catalog and customer relationship management (CRM). The update will cover all branded T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers.
Huawei is planning to start selling operational support systems directly to telcos and has acquired Australian OSS provider Fastwire as part of the new focus, according to a report.
AT&T Mobility has developed an application-aware system designed to restrict customers from engaging in "non-permissible" bandwidth-intensive activities such as file sharing or movie downloading.
Broadening its OSS portfolio for LTE networks, JDSU has acquired substantially all of the assets of Trendium, including its employees and technology. Trendium provides intelligence software for customer experience assurance, asset optimization and big data monetization.
Nokia Solutions and Networks said it has virtualized the latest version of its NetAct operations support system to provide off-the-shelf management of network functions virtualization.
Wireless operators and vendors are lining up to virtualize the network via software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). The latest examples of this trend arrived this week with separate announcements from carrier AT&T and vendor Cisco Systems.