U.S. Cellular, which is still deploying its LTE network, is unsure of how quickly 5G networks will take hold but its CTO thinks it will require a new waveform for the 5G air interface.
Alcatel-Lucent bosses confirmed they will press ahead with a planned €15.6 billion ($17.5 billion) merger with Nokia despite shareholder concerns about the transaction.
Now that the industry is talking about 5G and is in the relatively early stages of defining it, that leads one to wonder: Will there be a "4.5G?" Some say there already is--in the form of LTE-Advanced.
Alcatel-Lucent has introduced a new solution that it says will help service providers, particularly those with large PSTN networks, migrate to an all-IP network infrastructure.
With Nokia's recent move to acquire Alcatel-Lucent in full play, Ericsson is now looking at its own purchase options, which, reports say, potentially could include Juniper or Ciena.
Global optical network hardware spending rose 5 percent in the first quarter of 2015 as EMEA began to show signs of recovery and North American web-based companies continued to enhance their optical networks, according to IHS Infonetics Research.
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg scheduled a meeting with senior management to discuss potential large-scale mergers and acquisitions that would help the company to compete against a merged Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent.
Nokia's acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent was cast into doubt by shareholders of the French-U.S. equipment vendor who are unhappy with the €15.6 billion ($17 billion) price agreed by the companies' managers.
Nokia said it is shifting its long-term strategy for its Nokia Technologies unit and will cut up to 70 jobs as a result. It's unclear at this point how Nokia's strategy for the division is changing.
Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes said a proposed take over by Nokia Networks is not affected by the companies' respective earnings in the opening quarter, after the French-U.S. equipment vendor's net loss increased year-on-year.