Network functions virtualization (NFV) will be all the rage at next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. To that end, both Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei are taking the opportunity to make cases for using their respective NFV solutions in mobile networks.
Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) continue to make headway in the Asia-Pacific region after the equipment manufacturers completed tests of advanced LTE services for Telstra and China Mobile respectively.
AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson has reportedly made use of the World Economic Forum in Davos to discuss various regulatory issues with European regulators including M&A, although on Monday the US operator denied rumours that it intends to made a bid for Vodafone.
Apple's main iPhone supplier Foxconn shipped 1.4 million iPhone 5s units to China Mobile last week, according to the Wall Street Journal, in anticipation of China Mobile's Jan. 17 launch of the iPhone for the first time.
After years of negotiations, Apple fnally inked a deal with China Mobile to bring its iPhones to the world's largest carrier starting Jan. 17. The agreement is expected to significantly expand Apple's business in the world's biggest smartphone market.
China Mobile officially launched TD-LTE service Wednesday, as had been expected. However, the company has still not announced a deal with Apple to support the company's iPhones on its network, an announcement that had been expected alongside China Mobile's network launch.
Following Alcatel-Lucent's recent wins in China, two of its rivals have snapped up more deals across Asia as European equipment manufacturers continue to benefit from the LTE rollout programmes of operators in the Asia-Pacific region.
Hot on the heels of its return to France's blue-chip company index, Alcatel-Lucent reported more good news this week after it won two more LTE deals in China.
China Mobile said it has not yet finalized a deal with Apple to support the company's iPhones on its network. This statement seems to undercut a Wall Street Journal article from earlier this week that reported a deal had finally been struck after years of wrangling.
The last thing Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and even Iliad need is to kill the golden goose of LTE. No one in the industry will thank Iliad if LTE suffers due to its rather audacious approach.