Ericsson CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, a Swedish daily, that he sees more acquisitions on the horizon to grow the firm's multimedia division, according to a report by Reuters. He was upbeat about the division's prospects, but said networking equipment will continue to be Ericsson's largest business over the next five years. Recent acquisitions include a Norwegian digital broadcast systems maker and an IP messaging components company. Svanberg is quoted saying, "There will be more acquisitions on the multimedia side. We do not need to take a breath just because we have made several acquisitions." In addition, he said the Alcatel-Lucent merger has helped Ericsson with the merger of two competitors in one.
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