Suri told press and analysts at a morning briefing that about two years ago NSN had major concerns that they "we were behind" in LTE developments, but the company now believes (along with all the other infrastructure vendors…) that it is the market leader in terms of LTE capabilities and signed deals (31 to date).
In fact, Suri said that in independent tests performed for Telia Company by the Signals Research Group, NSN's LTE infrastructure had outperformed that of its Swedish rival in terms of uplink and downlink capacity, while he also cited research that showed NSN's infrastructure provided lower latency and better performing radio resource scheduling. "People think there is little differentiation in network equipment, but these statistics show much better performance than Ericsson," boasted the CEO.
That's fightin' talk…
He also provided an update on the vendor's Business Solutions division, which is one of the largest providers of Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) systems to operators globally but which has just lost its chief and slightly lost its way last year. (See NSN Revamps SPIT Unit.)
"Business Solutions fell short of expectations in 2010 -- getting it back on track in 2011 is a priority," stated Suri, who predicted that subscriber data management (SDM) and mobile security would be two of the biggest growth areas this year for NSN. (See SDM Finds Its Customer Face.)
He also hinted at some potential strategic M&A activity in the SPIT sector for NSN. When asked by Light Reading whether NSN had any gaps to fill in its Business Solutions portfolio, Suri noted that in OSS "we have some holes to fill -- that's all I'm saying." 'Nuff said!
He couldn't elaborate on NSN's current M&A process, the purchase of Motorola's wireless networks business -- NSN is still "working towards" a first-quarter close for that deal -- and would say only that "talks continue" about the prospects for external investment from the private equity community. (See Huawei Sues to Block Moto Sale to NSN, Huawei Wins Restraining Order Against Moto and Report: NSN In Stake Talks.)
Naturally, Suri talked of mobile broadband being a key driver for the company in 2011, when it expects to grow at a faster pace than the overall market for network systems and associated services. (See Signs of Growth at NSN.)
But he identified four key areas where NSN believes it can make headway in 2011:
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— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading