Ericsson completes $6.2B acquisition of Vonage after clearing hurdles

Ericsson has finally completed its $6.2 billion acquisition of cloud communications provider Vonage after clearing some major hurdles.

The Swedish vendor first announced its biggest-ever acquisition in November last year.

Börje Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson, said: “The core of our strategy is to build leading mobile networks through technology leadership. This provides the foundation to build an enterprise business. The acquisition of Vonage is the next step...

Ericsson, Qualcomm and Thales to take 5G into space

The Andromeda Galaxy.

Ericsson, Thales and Qualcomm Technologies plan to take 5G out of this world and across a network of Earth-orbiting satellites.

After having each conducted detailed research which included multiple studies and simulations, the parties plan to enter smartphone-use-case-focused testing and validation of 5G non-terrestrial networks (5G NTN).

The result could effectively mean that a future 5G smartphone could use 5G connectivity anywhere on Earth and provide complete global...

BT inks deal with Ericsson to provide commercial private 5G networks

BT has inked a multi-million pound deal with Ericsson to provide commercial private 5G networks in the UK.

The agreement – the first of its kind in the UK – will combine BT’s expertise in building converged fixed and mobile networks with Ericsson’s 5G network technology and enterprise solutions.

Katherine Ainley, CEO of Ericsson UK & Ireland, said:

“This groundbreaking agreement with BT means we are together taking a leading role in ensuring 5G...

Ericsson is hiring 250 people ‘to support 5G growth’

Ericsson has announced plans to hire 250 people at its R&D centre to work on projects that will “support 5G growth”.

The roles will be based at the Swedish vendor’s R&D centre in Athlone, Ireland. Ericsson’s software development campus is one of the country’s largest.

“Today’s significant announcement by Ericsson, a company that has had a presence here in Ireland since 1957 and an R&D facility in Athlone since 1979 is terrific news and...

Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom trial sustainable 5G sites

Ericsson is partnering with Deutsche Telekom (DT) to advance the use of renewable energy for 5G radio site operations.

Switching to renewable energy sources has never been more critical. Aside from reducing our environmental impact, renewables help us move away from obtaining fossil fuels from nations that use the money to power their war machines.

Heather Johnson, Vice President for Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at Ericsson, said:

“At Ericsson,...

Ericsson announces ‘indefinite suspension’ of its Russian business

Ericsson has announced an “indefinite suspension” of its business in Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The uncovering of further war crimes by Russian forces in areas like Bucha and Irpin has led to additional sanctions from much of the international community. Sweden-based Ericsson says the EU’s increased sanctions played a part in its decision.

In a statement, Ericsson wrote:

“In the light of recent events and of European Union...

Rogers launches Canada’s first commercial 5G SA network

Rogers Communications has partnered with Ericsson to launch the first commercially-available 5G standalone (SA) network in Canada.

The operator started to deploy its 5G standalone core network in December 2020. In October 2021, Rogers completed the rollout and received the country’s first device certification in October 2021 (for the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro).

“Achieving Canada’s first 5G standalone device certification and completing our national 5G...

Ericsson ‘corruption-related misconduct’ potentially funded terror

Ericsson has found evidence of “corruption-related misconduct” in its Iraq operations and cannot rule out that payments were made to terror groups, including ISIS.

The Swedish telecoms giant says that it launched an internal investigation in 2019 following unusual expense claims dating back to 2018. Ericsson says that its investigation covered the period 2011-2019 and included the conduct of its employees, vendors, and suppliers in Iraq.

In a media statement,...

Ericsson teams up with EE to showcase 5G SA in AR experience

Ericsson has partnered with EE to demonstrate the potential of 5G standalone (SA) using an augmented reality (AR) experience.

The AR experience is called The Green Planet and is inspired by the BBC series of the same title.

Katherine Ainley, CEO of Ericsson UK & Ireland, said:

“I am thrilled to combine Ericsson’s technology leadership with EE’s drive for innovation to deliver The Green Planet AR Experience.

It shows how 5G, and especially 5G...

Ericsson acquires cloud communications provider Vonage for $6.2B

Ericsson has entered an agreement to acquire cloud communications provider Vonage for $6.2 billion.

Ericsson intends to expand its wireless enterprise offerings globally and offer existing customers an increased share of a market that’s set to hit $700 billion by 2030. Ericsson’s acquisition of Vonage will help it achieve that goal.

Börje Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson, says:

“The core of our strategy is to build leading mobile networks through...