Ericsson Boosts Network Automation Capability with Acquisition of CENX

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Ericsson has agreed to acquire 100 percent of the shares in CENX, boosting Ericsson’s Operations Support Systems (OSS) portfolio with vendor-agnostic service assurance and closed-loop automation capability.

CENX, founded in 2009 and headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey, employs 185 people. Ericsson has held a minority stake in CENX since 2012.

Ericsson said its leading position in NFV and orchestration will be further enhanced with CENX’s closed-loop automation and service assurance capabilities. Closed-loop automation ensures Ericsson can offer its service provider customers an orchestration solution that is optimised for 5G use cases like network slicing, taking full advantage of Ericsson’s distributed cloud offering.

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

Mats Karlsson, Head of Solution Area OSS, 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. I look forward to meeting and welcoming our new colleagues into Ericsson.

Ed Kennedy, CEO, CENX
Our closed-loop service assurance automation capability complements Ericsson’s existing portfolio very well. We look forward to seeing our joint capability add great value to the transformation of both Ericsson and its customers.

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