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.
Alcatel-Lucent continues to find success in its traditional copper access business, announcing that it has shipped 5 million vectored VDSL2 lines.
Alcatel-Lucent CEO, Michel Combes, again scotched rumours suggesting a merger with Nokia's Networks business is on the cards, during calls to discuss the company's first-quarter earnings.
Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Nokia both referenced impacts on their businesses from component shortages during 2014's first quarter.
Alcatel-Lucent reported that its first-quarter core networking revenue rose 6.9 percent to $1.8 billion due to strong IP routing and transport equipment results.
Alcatel-Lucent sharply cut its losses in the first quarter and its adjusted operating income beat analyst expectations, but sales dipped year-over-year in the United States, its largest market by far.
Underscoring the level of work that is still required to even determine what "5G" actually is, Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo this week said it will conduct "experimental trials" of emerging 5G technologies together with six vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, Nokia and Samsung.
Alcatel-Lucent continued to show an improvement in its operating performance after the equipment manufacturer reported its group net loss fell by almost 80 per cent to €73 million ($101 million) in the first quarter of 2014, from €353 million a year previously.