Ericsson has revealed five new contract wins with operators as CEO Hans Vestberg said there was a definite shift from physical products to digital services. 

Belgium's BASE has selected the vendor’s Charging & Billing in One solution, which allows operators to manage charging, billing and customer care in a single real-time system.

Valter D'Avino, Head of Ericsson in Region Western and Central Europe, said: "This implementation reconfirms our position as IT partner for BASE Company.”

Telkomsel has selected the vendor to overhaul its OSS. The largest mobile operator in Indonesia will deploy a broad range of Ericsson's software solutions.

As a result of the project, Ericsson claimed Telkomsel will be able to consolidate its network operations center with end-to-end visibility and control over a complex and geographically-distributed network.

Paulus Djatmiko, Vice President Network Operation Management, Telkomsel, commented: "As we grow our network to address fast-evolving mobile trends and capture new opportunities, it is imperative that we move with speed and efficiency.”

Further, Ericsson has been selected as a solution partner to provide NTT DOCOMO with its network virtualisation platform and cloud management.

The Japanese operator is working on a virtualised evolved packet core, featuring a range of vendors.

Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at NTT DOCOMO, said: "NFV, which has finally moved into its commercial phase, is no longer just a pie-in-the-sky idea.

"Through multi-vendor initiatives with Ericsson and other leading vendors in the NFV domain, we look forward to putting NFV to practical use and thereby helping to accelerate the transition to a new era for mobile networks."

Ericsson also announced two deals in India.

First, it will upgrade Idea Cellular’s network to enable 3G services to be deployed in the 900 MHz band.

The three-year contract also includes OSS for RAN and transport networks.

Idea Cellular MD Himanshu Kapania said: “This partnership will enhance the data and network experience for our subscribers who demand optimum performance and rapid services at all times.

“3G services and the upgrade of 2G networks will enable us to improve voice coverage and provide higher-quality services to our customers for mobile apps and services."

Second, Bharti Airtel has signed a two-year extension of its existing multi-vendor, multi-technology managed services deal with Ericsson.

The new deal sees Ericsson manage 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE, Intelligent Network, LAN/WAN and Wi-Fi technologies in 15 circles across India.

The vendor said it would provide the full suite of managed services via a centralised Global Network Operation Center.

Ericsson saw sales stagnate last year as it attempts to turn itself from a telco specialist into a fully fledged ICT company.

At Ericsson’s MWC press conference, CEO Hans Vestberg said: "There is a new logic being applied across industries. We can see a definite shift from physical products to digital services.

“New business models are emerging, along with new ways of solving old problems that create new efficiencies. True customer intimacy can be created using digital tools.”

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