Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, Nokia Networks and Qualcomm are among a group of network equipment and technology companies that are urging the FCC not to reclassify broadband as a Title II common-carrier service as part the agency's effort to institute new net neutrality rules.
Alcatel-Lucent has appointed Willem Hendrickx as president of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operations with effect from Jan. 1, 2015, replacing Luis Martinez Amago who will be taking up a new position at the equipment manufacturer to be announced in due course.
While a lot of variables remain to be finalized--including who comes out on top in the ongoing AWS-3 auction--infrastructure vendors need to start planning their road maps for products that will make use of spectrum when it's available.
Alcatel-Lucent will contribute towards the development of Europe's first aviation telecoms network, which is being constructed by mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat.
Cisco may have seen its hold on the routing market slip in recent years, but according to Synergy Research Group, the vendor saw its share of service provider router and carrier Ethernet market improve due to strong performance in the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions in the third quarter of 2014.
Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes said that the vendor is "back in the game" in terms of competing with its top rivals and that the company is looking, like other gear makers, for non-carriers customers. After skirting with financial disaster and undergoing a massive restructuring, Combes seemed to be brimming with confidence about Alcatel-Lucent's prospects.
Alcatel-Lucent won what it says is one of the first 450MHz network rollout deals in Scandinavia, agreeing a deal to deploy mobile broadband networks for AINMT Holdings.
CAPE TOWN--LTE networks and services are not yet widely available across the African continent, but there are clear signs that operators in several markets are planning their rollout strategies while some have already started offering commercial LTE services.
The increasing appetite for Carrier Wi-Fi solutions will result in revenues growing to nearly $8 billion (€6.4 billion) by 2019. Asia-Pacific is the top region in [terms of the] number of installed Wi-Fi hotspots while Europe and North America continue to grow their networks through the use of community hotspots.
Alcatel-Lucent has finalized the sale of its cybersecurity and security services business to Thales for an undisclosed amount, another move in its effort to shed non-core assets.