Ericsson buys out CENX to boost OSS and NFV business

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Ericsson has struck a deal to acquire 100% of shares in service assurance technology company CENX, which the company says will boost its OSS and NFV orchestration portfolio with vendor-agnostic service assurance and closed-loop automation capability.

To unleash the potential of 5G, telecom operators need to leverage network virtualization and orchestrate and automate network slices to serve the needs of enterprise customers towards their digital transformation – all while reducing operational costs, said Mats Karlsson, head of Solution Area OSS at Ericsson.

“Dynamic orchestration is crucial in 5G-ready virtualized networks. By bringing CENX into Ericsson, we can continue to build upon the strong competitive advantage we have started as partners.”

Closed-loop automation ensures the company can offer its service provider customers an orchestration solution that is optimized for 5G use cases like network slicing, while taking full advantage of Ericsson’s distributed cloud offering.

Ericsson says its global sales and delivery presence – along with its R&D – will also create economies of scale in the CENX portfolio and help the company offer in-house solutions for OSS automation and assurance.

Ericsson has held a minority stake in CENX since 2012.

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