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Ericsson to sue ZTE over alleged patent infringements

Ericsson is to sue Chinese rival ZTE, claiming that the latter has infringed on patents for its 2-and-3G technologies. Saying that the action represented a “last resort” following “several years” of attempted resolutions, Ericsson filed suits in the UK, Italy and Germany on Friday. ZTE has responded by saying its considering taking similar action against Ericsson.

Håkan Eriksson – Part 3

In the last of three instalments, Ericsson CTO Håkan Eriksson talks to Telecoms.com about the transition to IPv6 and the growth of mobile broadband.

Håkan Eriksson – Part 2

In the second of three instalments, Ericsson CTO Håkan Eriksson talks to Telecoms.com about the Internet of Things, the interview was filmed in the Ericsson Hall at Mobile World Congress 2011.

Orange Kenya partners with ZTE for 3G rollout

Orange will partner with ZTE to roll out its 3G network in Kenya. The investment, valued at €33m, will see Orange launching services in the first half of this year as part of the telco’s drive to double its subscriber base to more than 4.5 million in 2011. Orange is currently the third-largest operator in Kenya, well behind market leader Safaricom, which claims a massive 77 per cent share of the market through its almost 17 million subscribers and is currently the only commercial 3G service provider in that country.

VHA to replace network with Huawei kit

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has announced plans to rip and replace its entire network of 2G and 3G base station equipment following months of customer complaints about the quality of its service. The complete overhaul will see 2G equipment at every one of VHA’s 8,000 mobile base stations replaced with Huawei 3G kit, promising customers speeds of up to 42 Mbps while improving coverage.

Ericsson may apply for European financial services licence

Swedish vendor Ericsson, which recently announced its entry into the mobile financial services space with an enabling technology play, has not ruled out the possibility that it may apply for a licence to operate financial services itself. Currently Ericsson is working with an unnamed player in the financial space, and it is that player’s licence that enables the Ericsson white label offering. But Semir Majoub, president of Ericsson Mobile Money Services, told Telecoms.com that the company may yet look to apply for a licence of its own.

Ericsson gets on cloud with Akamai

As Mobile World Congress kicked off in Barcelona on Monday morning, Ericsson chief Hans Vestberg identified one of the event’s hottest topics – the cloud – announcing a new focus on the technology as the last part of the “connected society”.

Ericsson moves into mobile financial services

Swedish vendor Ericsson has announced its entry into the mobile financial services market, with the launch of Ericsson Money Services. Aiming to address demand for mobile financial services in both developed and developing markets, the firm said that it is “set to create a global ecosystem that make sending money person to person as simple as sending an SMS.”

O2 pitches free wifi to UK

UK mobile operator O2 made a bold move on Wednesday, promising free wifi for UK users, regardless of the provider they are with.

Ericsson ratchets up profits in 2010

Swedish kit vendor Ericsson benefited from ongoing improvements at its handset joint venture Sony-Ericsson and a decrease in restructuring charges through 2010, reporting on Tuesday a 172 per cent year on year increase in annual net profits.

New executives arrive at Arqiva, Acision

UK communications infrastructure operator Arqiva this week appointed John Cresswell as CEO, effective January 17. Cresswell had been serving as interim CEO at broadcaster ITV, where he also held the position of chief operating officer.

Ericsson wins LTE deal from DNA

Swedish vendor Ericsson has won a deal with Finnish carrier DNA for the expansion and upgrade of its 3G network and the introduction of LTE in major Finnish cities. The three-year deal covers network management products and radio access, packet core and backhaul infrastructure.

Ericsson moves into IT managed services through deal with 3 Italia

Swedish vendor Ericsson has announced a deal with 3 Italia that will see it take on responsibility for the modernisation and management of the operator’s data centre and IT infrastructure. The deal builds on a managed services deal covering the operator’s network, which was struck in 2005 and extended until 2014 in a further announcement last year.

Verizon to launch LTE on December 5th

US mobile operator Verizon Wireless has announced that it will be activating what it claims is the world’s first “large-scale” LTE network this coming Sunday, December 5th. The carrier’s data plans start at $50 for a monthly data allowance of 5GB, and Verizon will be offering USB modems from LG at launch and Pantech in the near future.

TeliaSonera launches 4G in Finland

LTE pioneer TeliaSonera has launched Finland’s first commercial LTE service, in the cities of Turku and Helsinki. The Nordic and Baltic specialist activated the world’s first LTE service in Stockholm and Oslo a year ago.As in the Swedish and Norwegian deployments, service will be limited to dongle-enabled laptop access, with Korean vendor Samsung supplying the dongles.

Ericsson wins Indian deal with Aircel

Indian carrier Aircel has signed a deal with Ericsson that will see the Swedish vendor supply 3G/HSPA kit for deployment in six of the 13 circles in which Aircel operates. The six circles currently serve more than 100 million customers. Aircel is part of Malaysia’s Maxis group. Under the agreement Ericsson will provide core, radio and transmission network equipment, as well as related services such as network rollout, network technology and consulting, radio network optimisation and support services. The six Aircel circles Ericsson provides 3G technology in are: Tamil Nadu Bihar; Orissa; Jammu Kashmir; North East; and Assam.

Merger of 3UK and T-Mobile UK networks complete

Ericsson has announced that the project to merge the UK 3G networks of T-Mobile and 3 has been completed, with more than 12,000 sites consolidated. The two carriers created a third party organisation, Mobile Broadband Network Ltd (MBNL) in 2007 to run the joint network, with Ericsson the primary service provider to MBNL.

Rogers trials LTE with Ericsson in Canada

Canada’s Rogers Wireless and Ericsson have begun LTE technical trials using AWS spectrum at Ericsson’s Ottawa Research and Development Facility. The technical trial will examine interoperability with Roger’s HSPA+ network.

Ericsson snaps up Nortel core switching business

There are still titbits of the Nortel carcass to be had, with Ericsson this weekend striking a bargain to acquire the Canadian firm’s Multi-Service Switch business (MSS), boosting its presence in the CDMA market.

10,000th shared site activated in MBNL network

Swedish infrastructure player Ericsson has announced that the MBNL network shared by T-Mobile and 3 in the UK now has 10,000 active shared sites. MBNL (Mobile Broadband Network Ltd) was created as a joint venture between the UK arms of T-Mobile and 3 in 2007, with the aim of consolidating the two carriers’ networks into one. The completed project will see an active shared network of 12,400 cell sites.

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