Ericsson to spend more on R&D to gain market share in managed services, OSS-BSS and LTE

By Telecom Lead: Ericsson on Monday said that it will
focus more on research and development and product strategies to gain market
share in managed services, OSS-BSS and LTE in coming years.

Addressing a media conference, Hans Vestberg, CEO of
Ericsson , said: We spent $5 billion in research and development that
resulted in 30,000 patents. In 2011, Ericsson added 3,000 patents.”

Ericsson is already leading the managed services and LTE
markets. OSS/BSS is a fragmented market at now. We will have strong portfolio
in OSS/BS with Telcordia. We are aspiring to be number one in OSS / BSS. We
will keep on executing our strategies to retain and gain market share.”

According to the Ericsson CEO, IPRs are important. So
that the industry can improve economies of scale.

It was a mixed year for Ericsson. The wireless
infrastructure major ended 2011 with $35 billion in revenues.

Ericsson has improved its market share in wireless
infrastructure from 32 percent to 38 percent.

The company signed 70 new managed services deals last
year. Ericsson will be focusing on LTE as a recent survey suggested that 74
percent of phone time is consumed for non-voice purposes.  In 2016,
traffic will be 10 percent higher.

Ericsson CEO also shared its strategies on Cloud and M
commerce. The company’s network has  1 billion customers in pre-paid
segment. To utilize mobile customers on its work and offer mobile payment
solution, Ericsson tied up with Western Union.

The goal of the partnership is to connect with customers
wherever they are,” said Diane Scott, CMO, Western Union.

Ericsson is also launching an evolved managed-services
offering that allows operators to monitor key service performance and
proactively deal with any problems that may arise across the entire network and
IT environment.

MESA is available as part of an Ericsson Managed Services
offering that includes both the network and the IT environment, and will be
demonstrated for the first time at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona.

It builds on Ericsson’s strong momentum in managed
services and the increased demand for end-to-end network and IT capabilities.
Ericsson now manages IT platforms on behalf of operators that serve about 400
million subscribers worldwide.

Baburajan K
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