Service providers may be interested in adopting software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), but Infonetics says their cautious outlook on these technologies is driving them to be more cautious with spending capital on new routers and switches.
Spain's Telefonica and Japan's NTT DoCoMo separately announced major, long-term commitments to developing and deploying network functions virtualization (NFV) architecture as they pioneer efforts to develop this quite nascent technology frontier.
Bolt Fiber Optic Services, Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative' s fiber to the home (FTTH) subsidiary, has tapped Alcatel-Lucent to be its GPON vendor for its 1 Gbps network that will deliver a mix of data, third-party VoIP and TV services to rural northeastern Oklahoma residents.
The WDM market saw 12 percent year-over-year growth in the first quarter of 2014 as service providers continued to add more network capacity to keep pace with their business, wholesale and consumer bandwidth needs, according to Dell'Oro Group.
Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco and Juniper all reported that their carrier routing and switching revenues declined quarter over quarter but increased year over year, according to ACG Research.
Alcatel-Lucent is in talks to sell its cybersecurity unit to Thales as part of what it says is a broader partnership to address network security opportunities.
Alcatel-Lucent lined up its cyber security division as the next business unit to be offloaded as part of a sweeping restructuring programme introduced by CEO Michel Combes in 2013.
Nokia said it has deployed the first commercial LTE network in North Africa after rolling out the high-speed mobile infrastructure for state-owned Algerian operator, Algérie Télécom.
The service provider community's ongoing movement to deploy 100G in 2013 drove up the segment to nearly $2 billion, according to a new Infonetics Research report.
Network upgrades by operators across the European Union as well as massive rollouts of LTE networks in China are set to increase operators' total capital investment by 4 per cent to $354 billion (€258 billion) by the end of 2014.