Ericsson beefed up its OSS/BSS capabilities with a deal to acquire U.S.-based MetraTech that the Swedish vendor said extends its billing expertise beyond the telecoms sector.
Neustar, the telecommunications data service provider, is strongly protesting a recommendation that Ericsson's Telcordia unit be named as the winner of a major telephone-numbers management contract. The contract, which Neustar has had with the U.S. government since 1997, makes up nearly half of Neustar's revenue.
Ericsson has added another element to its growing OSS/BSS empire by reaching a deal to acquire Boston-based MetraTech, a move that will extend its presence beyond the telecom industry into other emerging markets, including transport and utilities.
Singapore operator SingTel introduced the Huawei 5786 mobile MiFi hotspot device, enabling SingTel to claim it is the world's first mobile operator to offer commercial 300 Mbps service using LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation.
Huawei trumped its main rival, Ericsson, in the opening half of the year in terms of sales, with revenues around €5 billion higher than the Swedish company.
Ericsson reported strong results for the second quarter, with its sales and profit margins beating analysts' expectations. The Swedish vendor expects a better sales and business mix in the second half of this year and is riding stronger growth in network-capacity projects, which are more profitable than network buildouts.
Despite rumors that Tier 1 operators AT&T and Verizon may be talking to Ericsson about outsourcing the management of their networks, Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg said that is a very unlikely scenario because those operators have size and scale and a history of doing it themselves. "I wouldn't believe they would outsource their networks," Vestberg said during an interview with FierceWireless.
Cisco CEO John Chambers and Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg may have very different management styles but one area where they are similar is that they claim to always be thinking five to 10 years into the future.
The most critical aspect that will influence how 5G networks manage envisioned traffic increases is the availability of additional spectrum, according to Ericsson. In a new white paper on 5G, the vendor said radio spectrum from 10 GHz up to 100 GHz is being considered for use by 5G mobile communication systems.
Vish Nandlall, CTO and head of strategy and marketing at Ericsson North America, is leaving the company to join Australian operator Telstra at its group CTO. Nandlall said his new position will begin in August.