Verizon Communications executives are comfortable with the company's wireless spectrum position and the company is employing several strategies to densify its network, including small cells, according to a financial analyst who attended a meeting yesterday with the company's management. Additionally, Verizon is seeing positive results from its early tests of LTE-Unlicensed technology, which the carrier hopes will help augment its licensed spectrum capacity.
Verizon Communications will move to a software-centric network architecture to reduce costs and deliver new services to customers faster. The company today announced that Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Juniper Networks and Nokia Networks will be its five initial software-defined network vendors.
Verizon is implementing software-defined networking throughout its networks to improve service timelines. For the company's wireline network, the initial focus will be on migrating legacy elements and functions onto software-based platforms.
SAN MATEO, Calif.--Representing divergent views from the Wi-Fi and LTE industries, panelists from Ericsson, Qualcomm, Ruckus Wireless and CableLabs engaged in a lively debate at the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit here Wednesday about LTE-U/LAA and its impact on Wi-Fi. Or lack thereof, depending on your viewpoint.
Ericsson reported continued weakness in the North American market in the first quarter as carriers continue to hold back on investing heavily in networks as they pay for spectrum licenses and other expenses. The Swedish vendor reported drops in net income and operating profit despite a jump in top-line sales that benefited from currency moves. Meanwhile, Ericsson's licensing revenue took a hit due to an ongoing patent dispute with Apple.
Ericsson added a security element to its managed services offering, forging a deal with Intel Security it said will enable operators to mitigate future security risks for consumers and enterprises.
Speculation over Ericsson's future strategy has intensified following Nokia's announcement this week that it plans to buy Alcatel-Lucent, with some saying the Sweden-based vendor will be forced to expand its fixed-line business.
Nokia has set off a new wave of consolidation in the telecom equipment market, reaching a deal to acquire Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion. That move is now fueling speculation that Ericsson will make a similar move to round out its portfolio with more wireline capabilities by making a run for either Ciena, Infinera or Juniper.
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In a major consolidation move by top wireless vendors, Nokia has agreed to buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion (€15.6 billion). The deal, if approved, would form a powerhouse to rival Ericsson and Huawei in the global market for telecom equipment.