China has finally issued TD-LTE licences to the country's three mobile operators in a move that will reinforce the position of European equipment manufacturers as well as local Chinese vendors that have won lucrative deals to help build next-generation networks there.
Alcatel-Lucent and Nextgen Group are driving more interest in what lies beyond 100G by completing a field trial of 400G on a live network link in Australia.
Site acquisition and delivery of backhaul and power are widely documented gating factors restricting extensive deployments of outdoor small cells. Alcatel-Lucent hopes to alleviate those challenges via a site certification program that brings together a variety of partners, which have contributed to a database of more than half a million sites suitable for small cells.
The First Responder Network Authority moved further along with planning for the LTE-based nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) by issuing a request for information (RFI) on application platforms. However, FirstNet also put an end to negotiations with several public-safety entities hoping to lease its spectrum for public-safety networks within their jurisdictions.
There are growing indications that Alcatel-Lucent is increasingly reaping the benefits of its turnaround efforts with reports suggesting the equipment manufacturer could rejoin the France's blue-chip CAC 40 index next month.
The global IP router and switching market may have suffered a near-term setback as revenues dropped 10 percent sequentially, but vendors are expected to see improvement in the upcoming fourth quarter, according to Infonetics Research.
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Huawei, Ciena and Alcatel-Lucent benefited from a 4 percent year-over-year rise in WDM equipment spending during the third quarter, reports Infonetics in its quarterly optical network hardware report.
Nokia is not considering a deal between the company's Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) unit and rival Alcatel-Lucent after gauging the possibilities for a transaction, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Alcatel-Lucent is once again looking for another suitor to purchase its enterprise division as part of a broader goal to cut $1.34 billion in assets, reports Reuters, citing a number of unnamed sources.