There's a lot of talk about LTE-Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), or LTE-Unlicensed, but Alcatel-Lucent says there's no reason to wait for LTE-U. With the launch of its "Wireless Unified Networks," or WUN for short, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, the vendor is blending the upload and download capabilities of Wi-Fi and cellular technologies to offer faster download and upload speeds and extended network range.
Some of the industry's biggest vendors clearly will be showcasing their wares with an eye toward 5G when they exhibit at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, next week.
Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, and Freescale Semiconductor are expanding their long-term partnership, including creation of a universal access device that can be used for any combination of wireline and wireless connections.
Alcatel-Lucent posted higher profit in the fourth quarter of 2014 and vowed to continue its march into profitability in 2015. However, like its larger peer Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent was stung in the fourth quarter by falling sales in North America, which is especially problematic since Alcatel-Lucent relies heavily on U.S. carriers for its overall sales.
Alcatel-Lucent's Shift Plan restructuring program may have peaked in terms of its effectiveness to deliver cost savings an analyst warned, as the company revealed fourth-quarter and full-year 2014 earnings that were below consensus estimates.
Alcatel-Lucent has set the next stage of CEO Michel Combes' Shift Plan with a focus on diversifying its customer base by selling more of its portfolio of edge and core routers to large enterprises and content providers.
Here's more research in support of heterogeneous networks, or HetNets. Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, says it has discovered that today's ultra-broadband mobile networks can make significant energy savings and performance gains by deploying a mix of macro and small cell radio base stations.
TE Connectivity has confirmed that it has agreed to sell its telecom and data equipment business to CommScope for $3 billion.
South Africa-based Vodacom selected Alcatel-Lucent as a key supplier for a new converged network that will ultimately support the provision of fixed and mobile services across South Africa
How did the wireless industry perform in the fourth quarter of 2014? Check here throughout the fourth-quarter earnings report season for full earnings reports from the wireless industry's carriers, handset makers, equipment suppliers and others.