Ericsson has entered into an agreement with Ozone Network to provide the company with WiFi networks across the country. This deal is a perfect example of connected value application. In the first phase of the connected lifestyle project, Ericsson will provide Ozone with 30,000 Wi-Fi access points and network management nodes and tools. These include opportunities for offering telecommunications operators the chance to reduce the data burden on their network by utilizing the neutral Wi-Fi network to carry some of the traffic.
Speaking about the deal, Chris Houghton, Head of Region India at Ericsson, says, “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. Our ability to plan, design and operate networks in all types of environments enables us to propose a package of services that is customized to meet any customer’s needs. In this particular project, we are discussing a variety of options that Ozone can use to monetize its network, including the possibility of data-offload agreements with other operators.”
On the other hand, Sanjeev Sarin, Chief Executive Officer at Ozone, said, “In today’s world, consumers like to be connected at all times, which means that network capacity becomes an extremely important factor. 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.”
Ericsson has a comprehensive portfolio of carrier-grade Wi-Fi products that can be utilized to reduce deployment and troubleshooting time while collating valuable network statistics, trends and usage information. It will provide WiFi technology based on an as-a-Service model.