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Ericsson to Transform Wind Tre's Network Experience in Italy

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Ericsson (ERIC - Free Report) recently announced that it has been selected by Italian telecom firm Wind Tre to modernize the latter’s Radio Access Network (RAN) across the country.

Per the deal, Ericsson will implement the Ericsson Radio System (ERS) product portfolio into the Italian communications service provider's network, starting October 2018. It includes new ERS Radios and ERS Basebands to enhance network quality and user experience for Wind Tre’s 31 million customers.

ERS includes hardware and software for radio, baseband, power, enclosure, antenna and site solutions, the MINI-LINK portfolio for microwave transmission and a fully integrated IP router portfolio — all managed by a common management system. It has been designed to fit all site types and traffic scenarios, even as networks grow in scale and complexity across 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G, delivering industry-leading performance on the smallest site footprint with the lowest energy consumption.

The company has reinforced its ERS portfolio with a host of new radio products to support Massive MIMO technology to enable smooth evolution from 4G to 5G. It has also added a new category of radio products called Street Macro, a site type that addresses the need of operators to grow in dense urban locations.

The company has delivered ERS with 5G-ready multi-standard solutions to more than 240 service providers worldwide since its launch in 2015. The installed base of ERS radios is capable of running 5G New Radio technology with a simple remote software installation, and the 5G RAN software enables first-movers to turn on 5G on new frequency bands.

Ericsson’s strategic alliance with Wind Tre will bring the best radio access solutions across Italy. Also, it will help Wind Tre to deliver the best possible user experience to its customers in an increasingly data hungry and ultra-low-latency demanding market.

In the past three months, shares of Ericsson have rallied 22.8%, outperforming the industry’s growth of 6.9%.        

Ericsson currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Other top-ranked stocks in the industry include Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (CMTL - Free Report) , Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI - Free Report) and Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. (UBNT - Free Report) . While Comtech sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Motorola and Ubiquiti carry a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.              

Comtech has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 5%. It beat earnings estimates in each of the trailing four quarters, the average being 123.7%.         

Motorola has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 8%. It beat earnings estimates in each of the trailing four quarters, the average being 12.1%.   

Ubiquiti has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 18.6%. It exceeded earnings estimates thrice in the trailing four quarters with an average positive surprise of 8.9%.    

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