Success Story: Ericsson

As a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally, Ericsson seldom needs any comprehensive introduction. With origins dated back to 1876 and with over 1,000 networks in 140 countries utilizing their network equipment, Ericsson is a true giant within its field - just imagine that over 40 percent of all mobile calls are made through Ericsson systems. They are also one of the few companies worldwide that can offer end-to-end solutions for all major mobile communication standards.

Ericsson are known to invest heavily in R&D and, just like Makewave, actively promote open standards and systems. Ericsson's ongoing commitment to technological leadership - they have one of the industry's most comprehensive intellectual property portfolio containing over 20,000 patents - is what ignited the collaboration between the two companies. Makewave, and its preceding companies CR&T and Gatespace, have been involved in providing Ericsson with professional services related to the development of SGSN since 1997.

SGSN is an abbreviation of Serving GPRS Support Node and is a solution that keeps track of the location of an individual mobile device and routes packet traffic to them. The data traffic can include various services such as WAP, internet and MMS and SGSN handles the mobility and authentication of the device (mobile phone or data card), thus it is usually connected to the telecom operators billing system. After using Makewave consultants and their 'ubility' for over ten years, Ericsson have made sure to continue to lead the way within telecommunications.