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Ericsson seals TeliaSonera 4G deal

Paul O'Mahony · 13 Jan 2010, 10:55

Published: 13 Jan 2010 10:55 GMT+01:00

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In a statement released on Wednesday, Swedish-Finnish telecoms provider TeliaSonera said Ericsson would deliver the two capitals' core 4G/Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. Ericsson will be joined by Nokia Siemens Networks for the delivery of TeliaSonera's radio networks.

Over the last year, Ericsson has been responsible for the roll-out of TeliaSonera's LTE network in Sweden, while rival Chinese firm Huawei performed the equivalent task in Oslo.

Though Huawei will continue to finalize the Oslo LTE network, Ericsson's Nordic president Mikael Bäckström was thrilled with the decision to award his company the contract for the entire core network, which entails extending TeliaSonera’s high speed 4G coverage from city centre areas of Stockholm and Oslo to the 25 largest municipalities in Sweden and the four largest in Norway.

"As we move into next generation mobile networks with increased data traffic, securing network quality will be vital. We have delivered our latest solutions and gained TeliaSonera's confidence in our ability to provide leading technology and services," said Bäckström in a statement.

Ericsson suffered a setback last month when Telenor and Tele2's joint venture Net4mobility selected Huawei to roll out its new 4G network.

The fourth generation of mobile wireless standards, 4G is the fastest mobile technology available, reaching speeds "up to ten times higher than today’s turbo 3G", according to TeliaSonera.

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“The use of mobile broadband in the Nordic countries is exploding and customers need higher speeds and capacity. Both Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks have been able to provide high quality technology and competitive offers,” said TeliaSonera's Mobility Services vice president Lars Klasson.

Paul O'Mahony (paul.omahony@thelocal.com)

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13:03 January 13, 2010 by Russ Cobleigh
is this going to create new jobs in Sweden?
14:47 January 13, 2010 by voiceofreason
Huawei is a chinese company bankrolled by the Chinese government to under-cut competition by selling products at low prices with the aim of gaining market share.

No jobs will be created, because they will ship low-wage chinese to do the job.
15:45 January 13, 2010 by livinginsweden

You know so much about huawei and chinese government .... wow .. are you a voice of reason and the informed or a loud voice of paranoia, racism, fear, noll, ... idiocy?

and the off springs of those red necks who took the sledge hammer and smashed the japanese corollas back in the 60s in the US?

are you also the last buyer of a GM car before it went bankrupt ... because it was selling crap, went bankrupt and is now bankrolled by the Obama government with the aim of saving face and gaining market share by subsidizing the cars under the clunker program?

ha ha ... voice of reason...my foot...
15:48 January 13, 2010 by witsltd

Jobs will be created. The deal was signed with Ericsson, both in Sweden and Norway. Huwawei has been left as backup.

Whenever such deals are signed, Ericsson hires consultants and also people for running field operations.
19:57 January 13, 2010 by coolguy09
Its very nice to hear the story of ericsson , Now in true sense it will create a competition of best 4G services Huwaei & ericsson and customers choose the service what has highest throughput practically
21:26 January 13, 2010 by Luckystrike

Ericsson pretty much have a complete halt on hiring any staff or consultants until further notice. People will be moved internally to support this new project.
22:45 January 13, 2010 by moaca
Very positive news. Sweden needs more jobs as there is to much being outsourced or moved to either China or India. i know that labour in Sweden is expensive, but that is because of our standard of living. I think that living costs in the other countries are far lower then in Sweden, hence they can pay lower wages. And they dont really have unions ensuring a good deal either. But give them time, the way things are going with companies being short sighted going for the cheap labour, in the never ending chase of making larger profits.

We have a saying though, if you pay peanuts you get monkeys. And this is o so true. I work for the largest IT provider in the world who last year outsourced their customer services to Bangalore, India. And ever since thing have gone from bad to worse, Where normally we had CS in every country speaking the lingo and understanding the rules and regulations, now the whole of Europe has to deal with India if they have issues. So where first there were say 50 people in Europe dealing with the local customers, now there is a team of 150 in Bangalore for even less money! O thats good, more people can do so much more work. WRONG!! they still dont know what to do after been in the job for a whole year. But as my company is owned by Americans, they just want to see how cost are being reduced.

So I am very pleased to see that Ericsson etc has got this contract. Hopefully the Nordics are the first to realise that in order to ensure a countries financial stability is to ensure there is always work. This to get money in for taxes, which on its turn is needed for state pensions, hospitals, schools etc. If more and more companies leave the Nordics to set up shop in the far east, then all that profit/ wages will go to those countries and in the end we will end up with large unemployment and no social security net. The signs are on the wall, profit is very nice but less profit is also acceptable. Its about sustainability and not just making a quick buck. As I stated in another comment, with capitalism comes responsibility and right now we seem to be going backwords!
23:11 January 13, 2010 by witsltd

without being disrespectful, if your company has outsourced then who is at fault or in trouble?

I think you are biased as you are unhappy with your firms decision. But think in clear mind, pages are turning. India, China and others are on a journey with great future.

Just think about it, about 40 years ago, Made in Japan was synonimous to bad quality.

It will not take India and China that long.
06:36 January 14, 2010 by randyt
There was a group message on my linkedin, Internaional Trade Group laying out the benefits to setting up manufacturing in China. Labor rate is 65 American cents per hour. Sweden nor American can compete with that labor cost. If we don't stop selling our souls to them we will be speaking Chinese in about ten years, in our home countries. Politicians and their corporate owners have sold our countries down the old Yangtze River.

So even this Ericsson deal has to be good for Sweden, and for Ericsson workers in other parts of the world.
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