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Tampnet Picks Ericsson for Upgrade to 4G LTE

By Paula Bernier September 22, 2016

Tampnet Inc. has tapped Ericsson to upgrade its network in the Gulf of Mexico from 2G to 4G LTE. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

The company serves oil and gas customers. It has more than 250 oil and gas installations, mobile rigs, and vessels in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea.

The Gulf of Mexico network upgrade will employ Ericsson’s LTE Radio Access Network, Virtual Evolved Packet Core, OpenStack-based Cloud Executive Environment, and MINI-LINK microwave equipment (for the backhaul).

Ericsson is a giant in the cellular infrastructure and service spaces. Indeed, 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic runs on Ericsson-powered networks. And Ericsson is the leader in the telecommunications outsourcing services space, which was worth $69 billion in 2015 and is poised to reach $76 billion by 2020, according to IHS Technology.

But just as the business customers of companies like Ericsson are undergoing digital transformations, these suppliers are themselves going through a lot of changes to address economic challenges, marketplace changes, and the shift from more hardware-focused solutions to software-centric ones.

As I wrote in the June issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine, Ericsson this summer announced plans for a new organizational structure. The new organization, which went into effect July 1, is aligned around type of customers and type of business and includes five business units and one dedicated customer group for Industry & Society.

“We will create a leaner, more fit-for-purpose organization, to cater for the needs of different customer segments and to faster capture market opportunities. As 5G, the Internet of Things, and cloud drive the next phase of industry development, the time is just right to make these changes,” Hans Vestberg said at the time.

However, shortly after Ericsson disclosed its plans for the reorganization, it came out with another announcement that Vestberg, the company’s long-time president and CEO, had left the company.

Edited by Alicia Young

Executive Editor, TMC

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