Swedish vendor Ericsson appears to have bigger aspirations for small cells beyond just increasing capacity and coverage for the macro wireless network.
Despite a 2 percent year-over-year uptick in sales, the impact of restructuring led Ericsson's first-quarter 2013 income to plummet 86 percent from the prior-year period to $181.43 million.
Ericsson reported a bigger decline in profit than analysts expected in the first quarter of 2013, but the Swedish equipment manufacturer said the quarter was in line with its own expectations and expects softer areas of development to balance out over the year.
Deployment of LTE in developing markets will help improve the market for new base stations, which have languished of late as spending on 3G networks declines, according to a report from ABI Research.
Zain, which provides mobile services in the Middle East and North Africa, said it has commercially launched an LTE network in Bahrain in collaboration with Ericsson.
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IPTV is now only a fraction of what service providers are delivering across their networks. As technology and consumer preferences change, is the term "IPTV" approaching the point where it will be about as accurate as the old "CATV?"
Microsoft, having passed its Mediaroom IPTV business to Ericsson, is now busily--and predictably--expanding its consumer entertainment play with a revitalized and connected Xbox.
Network infrastructure vendors increasingly resemble traditional IT companies, offering a bevy of software and services designed to enable operators to compete in a Web-centric world. The emergence of cloud services, software-defined networking and the like will ensure this trend continues.
Japan's total mobile infrastructure market skyrocketed 78 percent during 2012, thanks largely to a dedicated push by NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and Softbank to rollout LTE nationwide, according to a report from Infonetics.