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Pete_S4
Pete_S4
7/2/2014 | 9:47:20 AM
Not going to happen.
I watched how well Ericsson taking over Sprint's network worked for years in a support role for one of their larger vendors at the time.  The team was demoralized and it showed in the way the network was run and proably still is.  I saw situations where Eningeers working for Ericsson couldn't be bothered to buy required expansion equipment from Ericsson itself.  I assure you at least someone at Verizon or AT&T is keenly aware of this.  
Ray@LR
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7/2/2014 | 4:17:57 AM
Re: Ericsson statement
It wasn't implied - it was specifically stated.

I can't help thinking Geha had either a rush of blood to the head or a scheme he thought was cunning, but which has backfired rather dramatically....
Ariella
Ariella
7/1/2014 | 5:32:34 PM
Re: Ericsson statement
I'm sure those two are very happy to hear their rival called out today. From http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/07/ftc-alleges-t-mobile-crammed-bogus-charges-customers-phone-bills:

In a complaint filed today, the Federal Trade Commission is charging mobile phone service provider T-Mobile USA, Inc., with making hundreds of millions of dollars by placing charges on mobile phone bills for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were bogus charges that were never authorized by its customers.

The FTC alleges that T-Mobile received anywhere from 35 to 40 percent of the total amount charged to consumers for subscriptions for content such as flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip that typically cost $9.99 per month. According to the FTC's complaint, T-Mobile in some cases continued to bill its customers for these services offered by scammers years after becoming aware of signs that the charges were fraudulent.
mendyk
mendyk
7/1/2014 | 3:41:25 PM
Re: Ericsson statement
I wonder if any accredited university offers a PhD in public relations. It would be really easy to put together a world-class faculty.
sarahthomas1011
sarahthomas1011
7/1/2014 | 2:31:30 PM
Re: Ericsson statement
And from Verizon PR, "The story is inaccurate.  We do not outsource our network management" However, when I asked about other more narrowly defined outsourcing opps (ie small cells, data center, OSS, etc), he said, "Our statement says it all."

That, of course, means that is all he'll say as the statement says nothing...
sarahthomas1011
sarahthomas1011
7/1/2014 | 1:25:16 PM
Ericsson statement
Ericsson PR is backpeddaling a bit on Geha's comments to Bloomberg. Their official statement is: 

"Ericsson typically engages in discussions with all our customers regarding all our offerings, including Managed Services.  However, we did not mean to imply that we were in specific discussions with AT&T and Verizon regarding the management of their wireless networks. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused."

mendyk
mendyk
7/1/2014 | 1:05:05 PM
Re: Ericsson v. Huawei
Margins in this business have been a challenge. Ericsson seems to be the one supplier that has figured out how to make money here. Interesting if U.S. operators are considering Huawei for managed services, given the paranoia over using their equipment.
sarahthomas1011
sarahthomas1011
7/1/2014 | 12:41:36 PM
Ericsson v. Huawei
Well-timed news or leak, whichever you prefer, as ABI's latest numbers today have Ericsson and Huawei duking it out for top managed services provider: https://www.abiresearch.com/press/telecom-managed-services-vendors-ericsson-and-huaw


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