Ericsson has announced plans to spend 7 billion Swedish kronor (US$1 billion) during the next five years on the construction of three new technology centers that are designed to support the vendor's global R&D teams and to enhance the testing capabilities Ericsson can offer to its customers worldwide. (See Ericsson to Build Global ICT Centers.)
The centers -- two in Sweden (Stockholm and Linköping) and the third in Montreal, Canada -- are being built close to the company's existing R&D facilities and will aim to provide on-demand, cloud-based capabilities for internal development and for customers tests and trials. Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) says each center will house its entire products portfolio, which includes hardware and Service Provider IT (SPIT) systems for all manner of fixed, mobile and cable networks.
Ericsson is hoping that the greater collaboration made possible by hosting its products in cloud-enabled facilities that can be shared and accessed by internal and external users globally will speed up its development and delivery processes.
The vendor is also building a single hardware R&D center in Stockholm that consolidate a number of current development sites in and around the Swedish capital.
Like its main rivals, Ericsson is keen to benefit from the efficiencies that hosted and shared facilities can deliver, as well as making itself more indispensable to its customers by providing round-the-clock cloud-based test facilities to its customers, something that other vendors such as Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) already have in place. (See Juniper Boasts Junosphere Traction.)
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