Ericsson secures 5-year, 30,000-carrier-grade small cell as a service contract (video)


Patrik Jakobson, Ericsson’s head of Network Sharing, joined Jeff Mucci, RCR Wireless News editorial director, to discuss Ericsson’s recently announced contract with Ozone Networks to provide small cell as a service across India.  Ozone Networks is one of India’s leading public neutral Wi-Fi providers,

Today’s announcement follows Ericsson’s recent unveiling of their small cell portfolio in India.

Key of the Wi-Fi small cell as a service announcement include:

– 30,000 carrier-grade Wi-Fi access points rolled out for Ozone across India

– Ericsson to provide and manage Wi-Fi technology for a period of five years, under an as-a-service model

– Ericsson to support Ozone with opportunities for monetizing the WiFi network

According to Jakobson, the contract includes turnkey design, installation and management of the network and is based largely on the technology Ericsson acquired in the purchase of BelAir Networks.

In the initial phase  of the project, Ericsson will provide Ozone with 30,000 Wi-Fi access points and network management nodes and tools, as well as a variety of options for monetizing the Wi-Fi network. As a neutral carrier-grade platform, Ozone will be positioned to offer telecommunications operators an option to offload data traffic to the network.

“In today’s world, consumers like to be connected at all times, which means that network capacity becomes an extremely important factor,” Sanjeev Sarin, CEO at Ozone, said. “Deployment of Ericsson’s Small Cell as a Service offering will enable us to better manage consumer expectations in ultra-dense environments. The partnership will also ensure that Ozone is able to establish the neutral Wi-Fi model in India, which will help the Indian government make the right to Internet access a reality for every Indian.”

Jean-Claude Geha, VP and head of Managed Services at Ericsson, said: “Small Cell as a Service is an innovative offering that enables operators to increase network capacity in environments where it isn’t practical to build parallel networks.”



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Jeff Mucci

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Jeff Mucci acquired RCR Wireless News from Crain Communications in 2009. In addition to providing editorial and strategic direction to RCR Wireless News, Jeff is Managing Partner of Arden Operating Company, a company he founded in 2006 to advise, own and operate companies in the communications, energy and real estate sectors. In 2007, Arden acquired Telecomcareers, a leading industry job board founded in 1999. Over the past 20-plus years Jeff has been involved in many facets of running day to day operations for telecom, wireless, commercial real estate and energy services companies and has raised over $300 million of equity and debt for companies in which he has been involved. Previous roles include Chairman and CEO of ConnectSouth, a regional DSL company backed by Morgan Stanley, Spire Capital and Nautic Partners; President of a facilities based CLEC, which was later acquired by Time Warner Telecom; SVP Sales and Marketing for Clearwire; and Director with P&L responsibility of a nationwide building local exchange carrier (BLEC) offering communications services to over nearly 100 million square feet of office buildings in major markets across the United States. Contact Jeff by email [email protected] or by phone at 512 431 8912.