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Ericsson is a Swedish provider of communications technology and services.


Ericsson is a provider of technology and services for telecommunications and network operators. This includes 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G mobile technologies, and support for large subscriber base networks. Further, the company's portfolio includes mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecommunication services, software, broadband, and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises, and the media industry. The company, headquartered in Stockholm, operates in over 180 countries, employs over 100,000 people, and has over 57,000 granted patents.

The company, founded in 1876 by Lars Magnus Ericsson, is jointly controlled by the Wallenberg family through the family's holding company Investor AB and the investment company Industrivärden. The Wallenberg family and the Handelsbanken acquired control of Ericsson after the fall of the Krueger empire in the 1930s. Since that time, Ericsson has become a major player and contributor in the telecommunication industry, and is a leader in 5G development and technology. Similarly, the company is the inventor of Bluetooth technology.


As part of Ericsson's 5G offerings, the company offers 5G Radio Access Network (RAN), which uses 5G radio FDD frequencies to provide wireless connectivity to devices. Use cases for the technology include cloud gaming, augmented and virtual reality, autonomous driving, and fixed wireless access. In order to deliver solutions to these use cases, the RAN consists of antennas, radios, baseband (RAN compute), and RAN software to increase speeds and mobility of networks and user devices.

5G Transport

Ericsson offers mobile transport solutions in order to connect 5G services and to meet capacity needs in urban, suburban, and rural areas. And to help meet those needs, service providers require 5G transport solutions to meet those needs and connect various 54G services while offering increased Radio Access Network (RAN) performance.

Core network and automation

With the development of 5G comes the promise of new use cases that were not previously possible based on network capabilities. This includes industrial automation, critical IoT, and advanced consumer services. Key enablers for these use cases will be developing cloud-native core networks for 5G and automated services for the range of deployment scenarios.

Dedicated networks

In order to develop a high-performance communications foundation that is reliable and secure, private networks have been a preferred way to power digital transformation for connecting devices, industrial sites, and augmenting workers. Ericsson Private 5G is a solutions for developing 5G, private networks, for industrial use cases and the digitalization of infrastructures and business process operations. The private, dedicated network offers organizations secure 4G LTE and 5G connectivity for the optimization and simplification of business operations through data creation, collection, and analysis.

IoT Platform

Ericsson offers an IoT platform to help client companies deploy, manage, and scale IoT businesses, and increase a company's speed to market. The IoT platform makes use of Ericsson's dedicated core network, coupled with global cellular coverage to help future-proof a business and offer a company complete visibility and control access across the entire lifespan of connected assets.

AI-powered managed services

Ericsson offers managed services for network and IT operations and optimization, and offering communication services providers and enterprises a possibility to run next-generation connectivity and services for their customers. The Ericsson Operations Engine offers an artificially intelligent and and data-driven solution for intelligent and predictive mobile networks.

Critical Communications

Built on Ericsson's 3GPP, 4G, and 5G technologies, the company offers network services for critical communications and applications for resilient and high performing critical mobile broadband communication services, such as those used by public safety agencies and critical infrastructure industries. Furthermore, these technologies are aimed to complement or evolve existing national or regional Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks, providing comprehensive voice, data, and video services.

Intelligent network services

Ericsson offers intelligent network services to help integrate data insights with expert knowledge to offer service providers what they need from site design and engineering to continuous preemptive support and network optimization. These service offerings include intelligent deployment services and network support services for always-on networks.

Service orchestration

Service orchestration works to help prepare businesses for 5G through a programmable network open for the consumer and enterprise application. A key capability is secure and automated end-to-end management across multi-clouds and network domains. This includes service automation to remove manual tasks for designing, ordering, fulfilling, and assuring services to increase efficiency and to provide zero-touch operations. This is as enterprise service orchestration becomes increasingly important in order to connect multiple application ecosystems and orchestrate workloads across multi-cloud and multi-vendor environments.


February 7, 2022
Ericsson is excited to use 5G in manufacturing move
January 25, 2022
Ericsson tops forecast as 5G demand offsets China troubles
February 10, 2021
T-systems and Ericsson launch joint campus network initiative.
January 26, 2021
Ericsson launches 5G RAN Slicing to spur 5G business growth.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has launched a 5G network slicing solution for radio access networks (RAN) that will enable communications service providers to deliver customized 5G services with guaranteed performance.

June 8, 2020
Ericsson takes $108.8 million hit in second quarter due to asset write-down.

June 2, 2020
Ericsson commences the three-year term of the monitorship.
August 22, 2019
Ericsson announces changes to the Executive Team
January 16, 2019
Ericsson announces change to the Executive Team, Helena Norrman departs.
Ericsson was founded by Drew Lanza, Lars Magnus Ericsson and Thomas van Beem.


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Ericsson Annual Report 2020




November 22, 2021
LONDON (AP) -- Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson is buying U.S. cloud communications company Vonage in a $6.2 billion deal that will help it expand wireless services for business customers. The acquisition would also give it access to software developers who can build new applications to take advantage of features built into new fifth generation high speed wireless networks that Ericsson is building.
Gerard O'Dwyer
August 20, 2021
Swedish IT and communications equipment suppliers fear economic backlash from China following Huawei ban
August 3, 2021
The Hindu
Ericsson, which had warned that it would lose market share in China due to the ban of Chinese equipment suppliers in Sweden, saw its share in China Mobile drop to 2% from 11% last year, while Nokia got 4% of the contracts announced in July.
August 2, 2021
Nokia, which was expected to take away Ericsson's market share in China, did not receive any share, according to a tender document published by the Chinese companies
July 27, 2021
The Hindu
Lundmark, who became CEO last August, has laid off thousands of employees and forged new partnerships with technology companies after pledging to "do whatever it takes" to take the lead in 5G.


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