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BERLIN — Ericsson, the biggest maker of telecom networking equipment, said on Friday that its profit had more than quadrupled in the third quarter after a year of cost-cutting, but gave a cautious prognosis for the industry’s recovery.

In an interview, the chief executive, Hans Vestberg, said the company’s joint venture with Sony making cell phones had “turned the corner,” and that Ericsson was open to considering new acquisitions, including the possible purchase of a rival, Nokia Siemens Networks.

But overall, he warned that Ericsson and other equipment makers were still constrained by a shortage of key components for mobile broadband networks.

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