SUSE and Ericsson Strengthen Cooperation with New Licensing Agreement

November 17, 2017


SUSE® and Ericsson announced they will extend their cooperation around platforms for system development. Ericsson has used SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as platform for software development for many years, mainly due to its performance, stability, scalability and flexibility. Another important aspect for Ericsson is the first-class support and service SUSE is known for, which also includes SUSE taking an active part in their customers’ development projects to ensure a smooth process.

”Our mission is to develop and market powerful and scalable solutions which help our customers transform their infrastructure for the next generation network solutions,” said Mattias Cedergren, manager, Linux Center, at Ericsson. “SUSE has proven to be a very strong alliance partner for us at Ericsson. Their products meet our high demands and helps us develop competitive solutions. But also, their support during the development process is at least as important.”

A modern and efficient infrastructure is absolutely necessary in order to support the requirements for the IT infrastructure. With an increasing share of cloud-based solutions and what is sometimes called software defined x – which refers to ways of designing software-defined storage and networking – the open source community is in the driver’s seat. This lead comes mainly from being powered by a large, worldwide community driving the development together, solving issues, and sharing their solutions with each other.

“Telecom operators and solution providers developing and marketing systems must be able to feel complete confidence in their solutions and in the platforms they base their solutions on,” said Carl Lindén, head of SUSE in Sweden. “Today, SUSE’s products are being used in several of Ericsson’s products. Last year, Ericsson awarded us the Ericsson Supplier Award 2016 for SUSE’s ability to adapt and integrate our solutions in complex environments. And as a result of this work, we are now expanding our cooperation.”

The cooperation between Ericsson and SUSE is now strengthened through a new license model, making it easier for Ericsson to base its virtualized solutions for operators and enterprise customers on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

”Our cooperation with Ericsson extends well beyond a regular supplier-customer relationship,” Lindén said. “Over the last few years, we have been co-developing our products together with Ericsson’s extremely skilled and involved developers so our cooperation is a true win-win for both parties.”

About Ericsson

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society – a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future. Our services, software and infrastructure – especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud – are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.

With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions – and our customers – stay in front.

Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2015 were SEK 246.9 billion (USD 29.4 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.

About SUSE

SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, interoperable Linux, cloud infrastructure and storage solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 20 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed – today and tomorrow. For more information, visit

Copyright 2017 SUSE LLC. All rights reserved. SUSE and the SUSE logo are registered trademarks of SUSE LLC in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.