SAN MATEO, Calif.--Representing divergent views from the Wi-Fi and LTE industries, panelists from Ericsson, Qualcomm, Ruckus Wireless and CableLabs engaged in a lively debate at the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit here Wednesday about LTE-U/LAA and its impact on Wi-Fi. Or lack thereof, depending on your viewpoint.
Ericsson reported continued weakness in the North American market in the first quarter as carriers continue to hold back on investing heavily in networks as they pay for spectrum licenses and other expenses. The Swedish vendor reported drops in net income and operating profit despite a jump in top-line sales that benefited from currency moves. Meanwhile, Ericsson's licensing revenue took a hit due to an ongoing patent dispute with Apple.
Ericsson added a security element to its managed services offering, forging a deal with Intel Security it said will enable operators to mitigate future security risks for consumers and enterprises.
Speculation over Ericsson's future strategy has intensified following Nokia's announcement this week that it plans to buy Alcatel-Lucent, with some saying the Sweden-based vendor will be forced to expand its fixed-line business.
Nokia has set off a new wave of consolidation in the telecom equipment market, reaching a deal to acquire Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion. That move is now fueling speculation that Ericsson will make a similar move to round out its portfolio with more wireline capabilities by making a run for either Ciena, Infinera or Juniper.
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In a major consolidation move by top wireless vendors, Nokia has agreed to buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion (€15.6 billion). The deal, if approved, would form a powerhouse to rival Ericsson and Huawei in the global market for telecom equipment.
Nokia agreed to purchase Alcatel-Lucent in a $16.6 billion (€15.6 billion) deal that would form a powerhouse to rival Ericsson and Huawei in the global market for telecom equipment. In the United States, the deal could create a company that could challenge Ericsson's leading position.
Nokia said it is to buy Alcatel-Lucent in a deal that values the France-based company at €15.6 billion ($16.6 billion) and creates a new European powerhouse in the telecoms equipment market.
As part of the "5G for Sweden" initiative, Ericsson is joining forces with Scania and Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology to develop products via their Integrated Transport Research Lab (ITRL). The joint initiative will explore areas such as autonomous buses and improved systems for traffic management.