Ericsson: Closing the gap between the managed services and towerco business models
As Ericsson launch ‘network as a service’ offerings like small cell as-a-service and managed rural coverage etc., and acquire their own active infrastructure, is the line blurring between managed service provider, property owner and towerco?
TowerXchange caught up with Patrik Jakobson, Head of Network Sharing at Ericsson Global Services at the enormous Ericsson stand at Mobile World Congress in March. Patrik talked to us about Ericsson’s plans to provide ‘network as a service’ like Small Cell as-a-Service and Managed Rural Coverage, and their ambitions to help both established and emerging markets fulfil their coverage needs. From portfolios in rural Africa to connectivity solutions for large stadia, shopping centres and enterprise in-building in Europe, they see growth opportunities in a variety of markets needing coverage and/or capacity.
TowerXchange: Can you tell us a bit about the infrastructure services Ericsson is offering right now?
Patrik Jakobson, Head of Network Sharing, Ericsson Global Services:
One area we support operators with is “network as-a-service” or “network sharing models”.