Ericsson is a global leader in the telecom infrastructure equipment and services industry and competes on a par with Nokia, Huawei, and to a lesser extent ZTE and Samsung. The company has recently fallen on hard times thanks to the cyclical nature of the infrastructure equipment market, and service providers are reducing spending on 4G but have not yet ramped up spending on 5G. The company is under market share pressure from an aggressive Huawei cannibalizing Ericsson’s market share, and from a resurgent Nokia after its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.
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