Managed Services

Huawei wins managed services deal with O2 UK

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei said Monday that it has won a five year agreement from Telefónica’s UK operation, O2, to manage the operator’s multi vendor core transmission and mobile access network.

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.

IBM scores IT outsourcing deal from Bharti in Africa

Information technology giant IBM made its presence known in the African telecoms market on Friday, having scored a deal with Bharti Airtel to manage the carrier’s technology and services across 16 countries and around 72 million users.

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.

Alcatel Lucent to compensate Telecom NZ over 3G network failings

Reports from New Zealand suggest that Franco-US vendor Alcatel Lucent (ALU) is to award a compensation payment of NZ$100m (US$72.8m) to incumbent player Telecom over the poor performance of the ‘XT’ 3G network it delivered to the carrier, and operates on its behalf.

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.

NSN scores Latin American managed services deal

Not to be outdone by Ericsson’s news of an LTE win in the US, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) on Wednesday notched up a far reaching managed services deal in Latin America with NII Holdings.

John Cunliffe, CTO, Ericsson UK

John Cunliffe, CTO for Ericsson North Western Europe talks about managed services, LTE and the advances expected over the next decade.

BT scores managed services deal for O2

UK carrier BT must be feeling like its gone back to 2001, as it announces a five year, multi-million pound managed services agreement to run O2’s mobile and fixed core networks.

Zain outsources East Africa to NSN

African and Middle Eastern carrier Zain streamlined its East African operations this week, with the announcement Thursday that it has awarded three network outsourcing deals to Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN).

Approaches to Business Transformation

Service providers are moving from a network-centric to service-centric environment to meet consumer and enterprise demand for innovative multimedia applications and services.

Ashish Chowdhary named as head of services at NSN

Ashish Chowdhary has been appointed to lead the services business at equipment vendor Nokia Siemens Networks, when the current head, Rajeev Suri, becomes chief executive officer of the firm.

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