Alcatel-Lucent confirmed it won a chunk of China Mobile's major TD-LTE network expansion, as had been previously reported. The vendor also confirmed it won 11 percent of the total contract, in line with prior reported estimates.
More major changes to the telecom vendor landscape could be on the way, with multiple reports suggesting that Nokia is considering approaching Alcatel-Lucent for some kind of partnership or merger.
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Nokia's board is considering a deal between the company's Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) unit and rival Alcatel-Lucent, according to multiple reports.
China Mobile made official its selection of vendors to supply equipment for its commercial TD-LTE networks. The contracts, estimated to be worth some $3.27 billion, were awarded to nine vendors, according to a post on the carrier's website.
LTE Broadcast was much in conversation at this year's broadcasting convension, IBC. So far Verizon Wireless and Telstra have publicly committed to the technology to varying degrees, and some in the industry are saying that the technology has more chance of succeeding where others failed.
Huawei is fully expecting to take a large slice of the LTE network pie, and senior company executives said they reckon the firm will generate around $2 billion (€1.5 billion) this year in revenue from LTE deployments in Asia and Europe.
SaskTel, Canada's incumbent telco, completed a trial with Alcatel-Lucent in which it delivered data at speeds of up to 400G on a fiber network which it said was originally built for 10G traffic.
AT&T worked with Qualcomm and its network vendor partners to implement a 700 MHz interoperability solution that will allow the carrier to support Band Class 12 devices, according to a senior AT&T executive.
Having spent the last several months updating Ovum's RAN forecasts and market share estimates, one thing is very clear: the base station business is a very tough business to be in no matter where each vendor falls within the market share ranking.