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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.

Mobile data traffic almost triples year on year

Global mobile data traffic almost tripled in the past year, growing ten times faster than voice traffic, according to statistics released by Swedish vendor Ericsson on Thursday. The firm said that, based on measurements it has made of real network traffic around the world, global mobile data traffic stands at 225,000 terabytes per month as of the second quarter of 2010.

Ericsson doubles Q2 profit but share price drops

Swedish vendor Ericsson, the leading supplier of infrastructure and services to the mobile operator community, has reported second quarter profit of SEK2bn (US$274m), up from SEK800m for the same period in 2009. But despite the surge in income, the company’s share price took a five per cent tumble in response the announcement as Ericsson fell some way short of analyst expectations.

Ericsson wins China Mobile managed services contract

Sweden’s Ericsson has won a substantial managed services contract from China Mobile, on the home turf of its leading competitor in the infrastructure supply business, Huawei. The deal will see Ericsson providing field maintenance services for China Mobile’s operation in the Hebei province in Northern China.

No difference between vendors’ LTE solutions says TeliaSonera

In a development that may give infrastructure suppliers cause for concern, it has emerged that 4G pioneer TeliaSonera selected its LTE vendor partners exclusively on price, having found nothing to distinguish them from one another within the technical performance of their products.

Tele2 finds new leader at Ericsson

Swedish carrier Tele2 on Monday appointed Mats Granryd as president and CEO, effective September 1. Granryd replaces former chief Harri Koponen, who walked out citing “irreconcilable differences” with the company in February.

LTE Awards Winners

On Tuesday the Okura hotel, Amsterdam played host to the inaugural LTE Awards, as part of the LTE World Summit.

As the great and good of the LTE ecosystem battled for prominence, the judges were left with the tough decision of highlighting the most deserving entries.

Ericsson Q1 profits slide by 30 per cent

Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson has reported a 30 per cent drop in profits for the first quarter of this year, netting SEK1.3bn ($180m) for the three months to end March, compared to SEK1.8bn for the same period in 2009. CEO Hans Vestberg said a slowdown in infrastructure sales was partly to blame, and the firm was also impacted by ongoing restructuring costs.

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Polls

With Amazon and Google launching smart home initiatives, have the telcos missed out on their chance to cash in on this market?

  • Yes, Google and Amazon will now dominate this space (65%, 40 Votes)
  • Consumers won't have made up their mind (19%, 12 Votes)
  • No, Google and Amazon will not be able to replace the telcos in the mind of the consumer (16%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 62

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