Alcatel-Lucent appeared to address investors' concerns that its U.S. operation is too heavily reliant on large operators, with a deal to deploy an LTE overlay network for second-tier operator Pioneer Cellular.
Alcatel-Lucent has hatched plans to pursue an initial public offering of shares for its submarine cable business, ending a string of rumors about the future of the division that's been suffering from weakening demand.
Alcatel-Lucent capped off the second quarter of 2014 with a narrower loss. Yet sales in the United States fell and investors have grown worried that the company's reliance on large contracts from U.S. carriers could hurt it if network activity drops.
AT&T's User-Defined Network Cloud initiative continues to expand, with Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu Network Communications becoming the latest vendors to join the program, which is launching a number of so-called beachhead programs starting this year as part of the operator's shift to an IP- and cloud-based network.
AT&T is enhancing its growing cloud services ambitions by adding Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu to its User-Defined Network Cloud program it initially launched in February.
Alcatel-Lucent's Bell labs is putting more muscle into its IP video business by establishing an "antenna" office in Cambridge, UK, to conduct research on real-time video delivery on various types of connected devices.
ASPEN, Colo.--Do not look for Ericsson to follow its competitor Alcatel-Lucent and outsource any of its research and development. In an interview with FierceWireless, Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg called the company's R&D efforts Ericsson's "heart and brain," and he said that he would never outsource the firm's core business.
Alcatel-Lucent's move to outsource research, development and maintenance activities related to 2G and 3G technologies should not be a big deal to most of its customers, as long as the outsourcing scheme still results in solid products, according to industry analyst Peter Jarich of Current Analysis.
Alcatel-Lucent is now the supplier of reference for LTE metro cells that are integrated with Wi-Fi under Vodafone's nearly $12 billion Project Spring network investment and upgrade plan.
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