Ericsson publishes Annual Report for 2013
JANUARY - MARCH
- In line with Ericsson's services strategy to broaden its IT capabilities, the Company announced the intention to acquire Devoteam Telecom & Media operations in France, bringing consulting and systems integration capabilities.
- Ericsson signed managed services agreements comprising fixed and mobile networks for telecom operators in India and Russia. Ericsson is responsible for network operations and field maintenance, and for driving modernization of tools, processes and best practices, in order to maximize operational efficiencies.
- UK operator O2 signed an agreement with Ericsson to provide a 4G/LTE-compatible core network and to deploy RBS 6000 multi-standard radio base stations for 50% of O2's radio access network in the UK.
- Ericsson introduced a service to provide testing and verification for devices and applications in its global device labs. Devices can be tested before launch to help make them more network-friendly, as well as to make networks themselves more device-friendly.
- At Mobile World Congress (MWC), Ericsson met numerous customers, showcased a series of world firsts and launched new products and services, including in the areas of mobile broadband, operation and business support systems (OSS and BSS), m-commerce and managed services. Ericsson also announced its network-enabled cloud concept, a business platform that enables operators to generate new revenues and evolve network capabilities.
APRIL - JUNE
- Ericsson announced its intention to acquire Microsoft Mediaroom, making Ericsson a leading player for innovative video distribution and IPTV across multiple networks and devices. The importance of video distribution capabilities is increasing as more and more LTE networks are deployed.
- Energy company E.ON selected Ericsson to operate more than 600,000 smart metering points for its Swedish operations. Ericsson provides a hosted solution, including consulting and systems integration services.
- Ericsson was named the global leader in telecom operations management by industry analyst firm Gartner.
- Following the acquisition of Canadian Wi-Fi company BelAir Networks, Ericsson announced its 3GPP-compliant Wi-Fi network solution. It enables operators to incorporate telecom-grade Wi-Fi into their heterogeneous networks so that smartphone traffic can seamlessly shift between 3GPP and Wi-Fi networks.
- Ericsson reached a milestone by providing managed services to networks that serve 1 billion subscribers.
- Russian operator MTS selected Ericsson to build an LTE network covering approximately half of Russia. Ericsson supplies hardware and services for radio access and core networks. Under the three-year agreement, MTS's 2G and 3G networks will also be further developed in several Russian regions.
JULY - SEPTEMBER
- Acquisition of Canadian Telcocell broadened Ericsson's systems integration capabilities for business support systems (BSS) in North America and strengthened its full ICT transformation services. Multi-vendor BSS systems integration and consulting are of great importance at the intersection of IT and telecom.
- South Korean operator LG U+ commercially launched Ericsson's LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) with carrier aggregation, combining spectrum bands for higher broadband speeds.
- Ericsson and STMicroelectronics completed the split-up of the former ST-Ericsson joint venture on August 2.
- Ericsson announced it would build three Global ICT Centers to support R&D in developing and verifying solutions, bringing innovations to the market faster.
- Redefining the small-cell market, Ericsson announced the Ericsson Radio Dot System: a cellular radio unit that is small enough to fit in a hand, and provides enough indoor network coverage for a crowd. It enables operators and enterprises to offer a complete indoor solution for mobile broadband and voice services.
- Russian operator Rostelecom, a provider of broadband and pay TV, has deployed the world's largest operator content-delivery network (CDN) through a solution developed and integrated by Ericsson. The CDN is ground-breaking in terms of both capability and geographic span.
OCTOBER - DECEMBER
- To meet the demand from traffic streams generated by innovative cloud services, Ericsson announced a new multiple-application board for the family of Smart Services Routers (SSR).This board is powered by the SNP 4000, a revolutionary processor introduced by Ericsson in March 2013.
- As the world's first LTE broadcast on a live network, Australian operator Telstra activated Ericsson's LTE Broadcast solution on its commercial network to deliver high-quality video without buffering.
- Ericsson's complete Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) solution was selected by Japanese operator SoftBank Mobile. Ericsson's VoLTE solution offers telecom-grade HD voice and video calling alongside simultaneous enriched multimedia services on LTE smartphones.
- Ericsson was selected by China Mobile to deploy LTE in 15 provinces in mainland China. Ericsson is the main supplier of the core network and will deploy a radio access network based on its RBS 6000 radio base station. The contract also includes network design and optimization services.
- Japanese operator KDDI selected Ericsson as one of the prime vendors to deploy its LTE system and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network. This was the first time that KDDI selected Ericsson to implement a radio access network, based on RBS 6000. In addition to network solutions, Ericsson will provide related services such as network rollout and systems integration.