Alcatel-Lucent reported a narrower net loss for the third quarter and an improved margin as cost cuts and a slower cash burn offset falling sales. However, in the company's crucial U.S. market, sales continued to fall in the period.
Postpaid competition has been dominating mainstream and industry press headlines. Postpaid device and double data promotional moves by all rivals set the competitive tone as we enter the all-important fourth quarter. On Verizon's third-quarter 2014 earnings call, CFO Fran Shammo noted that the prepaid sector growth has slowed relative to previous years, and given entry price points are so close to postpaid, some of those subscribers are moving to postpaid.
Ericsson reported third-quarter sales that beat analysts' expectations, but falling revenue in the North American market cast concerns over the vendor's forthcoming fourth-quarter results. North America is the company's largest region by revenue and carrier spending in the market has traditionally been a growth driver for Ericsson--but that could be starting to shift.
Nokia reported growing sales in the third quarter, thanks in part to booming business in its Network unit, which was driven by a strong performance in North America. The company reported its first year-over-year growth in quarterly revenue since the first quarter of 2011.
New York City may have surpassed Chicago with the tallest building in the U.S. last year, but according to network testing firm RootMetrics, Chicago easily outclasses New York--and every other U.S. metropolitan area--in terms of overall wireless performance.
WASHINGTON--The FCC voted to approve new rules designed to accelerate the deployment of wireless infrastructure, something carriers and the infrastructure industry have been clamoring for as operators look to densify their networks with new small cells, Distributed Antenna Systems and other network equipment.
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US have been spending capital on wireless network enhancements at a fairly steady clip, while AT&T Mobility and Sprint have hit some snags in their capex spending, though the outlook for next year looks better, according to a report from financial analysts.
The FCC's expected move later this month to issue an order that speeds up infrastructure deployment will represent a "signal achievement" on the issue, according to PCIA President Jonathan Adelstein.
AT&T Mobility indicated it is pleased that the FCC is poised to take steps to accelerate the deployment of wireless network infrastructure, including small cells. Although the FCC has not fully detailed what steps it will take, AT&T is giving strong hints of what will in the draft order--and that it likes what it sees.
T-Mobile US is working to enhance its LTE network with Nokia Networks, which indicated that it will enable carrier-aggregation technology for the carrier.