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      How Ericsson (ERIC) Stock Continued The Rally After-Hours?

      By Fahim Awan

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      December 5, 2023

      8:01 AM UTC

      How Ericsson (ERIC) Stock Continued The Rally After-Hours?

      The shares of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (NASDAQ: ERIC) sustained their upward momentum during the after-market trading session on Monday. Ericsson’s stock exhibited an 8.38% surge, reaching $5.69 in the extended session, following a 4.58% increase during the regular session, concluding at $5.25. The driving force behind this upswing in ERIC stock was a noteworthy collaboration agreement in the United States.

      On Monday, Ericsson (ERIC) unveiled a strategic collaboration with AT&T, positioning the latter to spearhead the deployment of a commercial-scale open radio access network (Open RAN) in the United States. This groundbreaking initiative not only contributes to the advancement of the telecommunications sector but also fosters the development of a more resilient ecosystem comprising network infrastructure providers and suppliers.

      The financial commitment from AT&T for this collaboration is anticipated to approximate $14 billion over the contractual span of five years with Ericsson. AT&T’s Open RAN strategy aims for 70% of its wireless network traffic to traverse open-capable platforms by the end of 2026. The company envisions fully integrated open RAN sites operating in collaboration with Ericsson and Fujitsu from 2024 onward.

      By transitioning away from closed proprietary interfaces, AT&T seeks to facilitate swift scalability and management of diverse supplier hardware at each cell site. Starting in 2025, AT&T plans to expand this Open RAN environment across its wireless network in coordination with multiple suppliers, including Corning Incorporated, Dell Technologies, Ericsson, Fujitsu, and Intel.

      The extended commitment of AT&T and Ericsson to Open RAN deployment aligns strategically with a crucial juncture in the 5G innovation cycle. Ericsson’s open architecture serves as a foundational framework, propelling developers to foster innovation through open and programmable networks, while also welcoming new entrants into the industry. This approach is poised to stimulate modernization and competition within the U.S. wireless equipment market.

      In the execution of this agreement, Ericsson will leverage its USA 5G Smart Factory in Lewisville, Texas, for the manufacturing of 5G equipment. Operational since 2020, this highly automated and efficient facility operates exclusively on renewable electricity. Ericsson further solidifies its commitment to compliance by becoming the inaugural mobile infrastructure provider to adhere to the Build America, Buy America provisions outlined in infrastructure legislation.

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