Huawei said revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency had worked to crack into its servers and network gear and spy on the company will not have a negative impact on its business, according to acting CEO Eric Xu. However, the reports, which surfaced in March, have led Huawei executives and workers to engage in time-consuming damage control.
Ericsson reported lower first-quarter sales but higher gross margins and profits as it focused on more lucrative contracts. However, the company saw a sharp 23 percent fall in revenue from North America, as large LTE coverage buildouts have peaked.
Ericsson said Doug Gilstrap, the vendor's global head of strategy, will resign from his role as of Aug. 1. Gilstrap, one of CEO Hans Vestberg's top lieutenants, has been with the company since August 2009.
A surge in deaths among cell tower workers has prompted federal safety regulators to look more closely at the industry and track which companies various subcontractors were working for when accidents occurred.
Huawei reported its full-year 2013 results in its annual report, and noted that higher sales of network gear drove record revenue and net profit last year. However, while Huawei also reported an increase in smartphone sales in 2013, it again missed its own targets for growth in smartphones.
.ZTE reported a net profit for all of 2013 thanks to the strength of its LTE network projects. This is a welcome change of pace for the company, which posted its first ever yearly loss for 2012.
T-Mobile US is taking on Verizon Wireless in terms of advertising and an LTE network expansion, arguing that Verizon's ads on network coverage are misleading. The carrier is making that claim in connection with a major LTE network coverage push of its own.
Nokia is thinking of combining its Nokia Solutions and Networks division with Juniper Networks to get a stronger foothold in the U.S. network equipment market, according to a report in Germany's Manager Magazin Online.
According to a new report from OpenSignal, T-Mobile US' LTE network provides the fastest average download speeds at 11.5 Mbps. Those speeds were faster than the 9.12 Mbps that AT&T Mobility provided, the 7.82 Mbps that Verizon Wireless provided, and the 4.32 Mbps that Sprint provided.
Alcatel-Lucent posted its first quarterly net profit in two years in the fourth quarter of 2013, and said its turnaround under the "Shift" plan led by CEO Michel Combes is on target. In the fourth quarter the vendor's North American sales inched up and the company's overall margins widened.