Alcatel-Lucent's IP routing results were a bit of a mixed bag in the fourth quarter, declining 5.2 percent year-over-year to $754 million while segment sales grew 10.3 percent for the full year 2013.
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.
Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) continue to make headway in the Asia-Pacific region after the equipment manufacturers completed tests of advanced LTE services for Telstra and China Mobile respectively.
Ongoing sales of DWDM equipment, particularly platforms that support 100G wavelengths, will drive up total optical transport revenues to $15 billion by 2018, says Dell'Oro Group in its latest report.
Nokia has announced a major sales push for its infrastructure division, Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN), in the second half of 2014, although weak spending by European telecoms operators makes it unlikely growth will come from its domestic market.
Nokia Solutions and Networks' year-over-year sales plummeted 22 percent during 2013's fourth quarter and the company predicted shrinking profit margins going forward.
BT and vendor partner Alcatel-Lucent pushed the boundaries of existing fiber by delivering speeds of 1.4 Tbps with spectral efficiency of 5.7 bits per second per Hertz during a recent trial.
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Nokia will reportedly disclose a continuing decline in infrastructure sales just as it prepares to leave its handset history behind and become primarily a network equipment company.
Alcatel-Lucent said it will cut fewer jobs in France than originally planned, indicating that the US-Franco equipment manufacturer and the country's mobile operators have been influenced by pressure from the French government.