Ericsson has been picked as a managed services partner for Orange in five European countries, amid numerous announcements from the Swedish vendor at day two of Mobile World Congress.
The five year agreement with Orange, covering Belgium, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia and Spain, will see Ericsson run an end-to-end operations service that covers network operations, performance, optimisation, expansion and field support. The contract also covers maintenance and spare parts management for the France-based vendor's fixed-line, 2G, 3G and LTE access networks.
Jean-Claude Geha, Vice President and Head of Managed Services at Ericsson, said: "Through this agreement, we are enabling Orange to focus even more on providing innovative solutions and delivering high-quality services for its customers, whilst at the same time improving operational cost efficiency. This major win in managed services is a real breakthrough in our long term relationship with Orange".
Meanwhile, the vendor also announced the launch of an data-centric security service in partnership with Estonian company Guardtime. The enterprise offering will be aimed at companies wishing to safeguard Internet of Things applications and services.
Ericsson said the service provides system integrity by generating and verifying data signatures, allowing enterprises to see where, when and who is accessing data.
Daniel Ehrenstråhle, Head of Strategy & Portfolio Management of Ericsson's Cloud and IP unit, commented: "In the Networked Society, one of the most valuable assets for business is data, both for running internal operations efficiently and creating competitive advantage through superior insights. It is crucial for all businesses to be able to trust the integrity of their systems, networks, and data when these are used in decision-making.
"The ability to detect, withstand, respond to, and recover from attacks or security breaches will need to become a cornerstone for all businesses in the Networked Society. With the number of connected devices growing exponentially and an increasing amount of machine-generated data, there is a need for scalable solutions that can provide authentication, proof of tamper- and corruption-free operation.
Elsewhere, Ericsson announced it was transforming Zain Kuwait's entire business support systems, providing enhanced billing flexibility, single bill capabilities and new services.
Also in the Middle East, Ericsson will deploy its Radio Dot indoor coverage solution for Saudi Telecom Company, the first time the tech has been deployed in the region.