Ericsson is deploying Verizon’s managed SD WAN offering as it looks to transform its corporate IT infrastructure.
The vendor has signed up to use Verizon Enterprise’s tech, which is integrated with virtualised security services and managed enterprise RAN solutions.
The new offering will be delivered through a management layer jointly developed by Verizon and Ericsson, incorporating the latter’s Dynamic Orchestration, Closed loop service assurance and Automated Validation and Onboarding Platform.
Ericsson will consume the virtualised network functions through a usage-based pay-as-you-go model.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
Johan Torstensson, CIO at Ericsson, said: "The use of Verizon’s software defined services accelerates the automation of operations, maintains application performance and enables on-demand implementation of WAN policies.
“This is critical to ensure the ongoing security, integrity and agility of our business.
“Verizon will accelerate our adoption of the virtualised networking technologies that are transforming the communications industry.
“In addition, the use of E-RAN, which leverages the Ericsson Radio DOT System and Pico RBS, will enhance the performance and appeal of our corporate facilities paving the way for new applications to be delivered by indoor mobile network infrastructure.”
The Swedish company made a net loss of SEK10.9 billion in the first three months of 2017 on revenues that fell 11 percent to SEK46.4 billion.
CEO Börje Ekholm described the latest financial performance as “unsatisfactory” and said the existing cost and efficiency program was not yielding sufficient results.
In February, Verizon formed a new division, called Exponent Technologies, offering a portfolio of software and internet platforms to help other mobile operators to deploy new technologies without the high cost of new infrastructure and resources.