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Torshamnsgatan 21


Stockholm, 164 83


Phone: 46 1 07 19 00 00


Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) provides network equipment and software, and services for network and business operations worldwide. Strategy The company’s core strategy remains unchanged and builds on a combination of excelling in its core business and to establish leadership in targeted growth areas. Its strategy is to excel in core business, establish leadership in targeted areas and expand business in new areas. Segments The company’s segments include Networks, Global Services, and Support Solutions. Networks The segment delivers products and solutions that are needed for mobile and fixed communication, various generations of radio networks, Internet protocol (IP) and transmission networks, core networks and cloud. The main business driver in 2015 was mobile broadband network deployments. This segment’s offering includes radio access solutions that interconnect with devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and PCs; IP routing and transport solutions based on the smart services routers, (the SSR 8000 family of products), Ericsson’s evolved IP network, as well as backhaul including microwave (MINI-LINK) and optical transmission solutions for mobile and fixed networks; core networks are based on the Ericsson Blade Server platform and include solutions, such as the IP Multimedia Subsystem; and a cloud platform that can handle all types of workloads for all clouds; telecom cloud, IT cloud and commercial cloud. Competition: Major competitors include Huawei, Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent and ZTE. Global Services The segment delivers network rollout services and professional services (i.e., managed services, consulting and systems integration (CSI), customer support, as well as network design and optimization services). Main business drivers in 2015 were professional services, mainly systems integration and managed services. Through a service delivery organization of approximately 66,000 services professionals and 4 Global Services Centers, which offer a universal approach to managed services, Ericsson deploys, operates and evolves networks and related support systems. The company provides managed services to networks that serve approximately 1 billion subscribers in approximately 100 countries. These networks are typically multi-vendor, multi-technology environments, with typically approximately half of the equipment deriving from non-Ericsson equipment. The product mix in Global Services is divided between network rollout services and professional services, of which 2/3 are recurring revenues. The company’s offering includes managed services, product-related services, consulting and systems integration, broadcast services, and industry and society. Managed Services: Services for designing, building, operating and managing the day-to-day operations of the customer’s network or solution; maintenance; network sharing solutions; and plus shared solutions, such as hosting of platforms and applications. Ericsson also offers managed services of IT environments. Product-Related Services: Services to expand, upgrade, restructure or migrate networks; network-rollout services; customer support; network design and optimization services. Consulting and Systems Integration: Technology and operational consulting; integration of multi-vendor equipment; design and integration of new solutions and transforming programs. Broadcast Services: Services include responsibility for technical platforms and operational services related to TV content management, playout and service provisioning. Industry and Society: Managed, product-related, consulting and systems integration, and broadcast for industry-specific solutions, primarily in the areas of utilities, transport and public safety. Competition: Major competitors include Accenture, Huawei, IBM, and Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent. Support Solutions The portfolio of Support Solutions is designed around measurable performance improvements in an operator’s business processes, with software that is scalable, configurable and that provides capabilities. The business segment develops and delivers software-based solutions for operations support systems and business support systems, TV and media solutions, as well as solutions and services for the emerging m-commerce ecosystem. The offering includes operations support systems, business support systems, TV & media solutions, and M-commerce solutions. Operations Support Systems: Includes plan, build and optimize, service fulfillment and service assurance. Business Support Systems: Includes revenue management (prepaid, post-paid, convergent charging and billing), mediation and customer care solutions. TV and Media Solutions: Includes a suite of open, standards-based solutions and products for the creation, management and delivery of TV on any device over any network, including a TV platform for content creation, content management, on-demand video delivery, advanced video compression and video-optimized delivery network infrastructure. M-Commerce solutions for Money Transfer: Includes payment transactions and services between mobile subscribers and operators or other service providers. Competition: Major competitors include Amdocs, Huawei, IBM, and Oracle. Significant Events In August 2016, Deutsche Telekom has confirmed its working with SK Telecom and other companies on 5G development and standardization. Deutsche Telekom announced in a statement that partners include AT&T, Huawei, Nokia, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies and Samsung. Deutsche Telekom said 5G is progressing faster than expected and it expects the next release of the official 3GPP specifications to form the basis of 5G. SK Telecom and DT started an initial collaboration on 5G technologies and are now expanding the scope with a larger group of stakeholders to promote early harmonization and expansion of the 5G ecosystem. History Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) was founded in 1876.


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