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.”



About Author

Jeff Mucci

CEO and Editorial Director
[email protected]
Jeff Mucci is CEO and Editorial Director of RCR Wireless News. He is also the Managing Partner, Arden Operating Company, owner of RCR Wireless News, which was acquired from Crain Communications in 2009, and Telecomcareers, a leading industry job board founded in 1999. Over the past 20 years Jeff has been involved in many facets of running day-to-day operations for telecom, wireless, commercial real estate and energy services companies. He has raised over $300 million of debt and equity for companies in which he has been involved. Previous roles include Chairman and CEO of ConnectSouth, a regional DSL company: President of a facilities based CLEC; SVP Sales and Marketing for Clearwire; and Director of a nationwide BLEC representing over 100 million square feet of commercial real estate, Contact Jeff by email [email protected] or by phone at 512 431 8912.