Nokia is trying to answer the call for open, non-proprietary software-driven solutions, combining Alcatel-Lucent's expertise with Nokia's, and by extension, making it easier for service providers to launch new services faster.
Nokia and Accenture have formed a new group with an eye on helping service providers and enterprises migrate to SDN and other digital technologies.
Turk Telekom, which has only just launched LTE Advanced services in Turkey, is already looking ahead to the next generation of mobile technology and plans to collaborate on the development of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) with Nokia.
Nokia plans to cut thousands of jobs globally including a reported 1,300 positions in its homeland of Finland as part of an effort to save more than $1 billion in the wake of its recent acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.
Nokia announced it is consulting with its two European works councils over staff cuts that form part of its commitment to reduce operating costs by €900 million ($1.02 billion) by 2018 following its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.
AT&T is turning its software-centric attention to its optical networks, announcing during this week's Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) that has joined up with Ciena, Fujitsu, and Nokia to create a Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) for open reconfigurable add drop multiplexers (ROADM) group.
Nokia won a contract to deploy a 5G-ready network in Dubai to provide mission-critical smart city and Internet of Things (IoT) services to a range of government departments.
Tele2 Netherlands is to use small cells from Nokia to help improve LTE network capacity and indoor coverage throughout the Dutch market.
While a lot of claims are being bandied about 5G during this week's Mobile World Congress 2016, Nokia says it's the first to run 5G on a commercially available base station. That's a significant claim not only because the 5G standards have not yet been written, but for operators like Verizon, it means they can launch pre-5G sooner rather than later.
BARCELONA, Spain-- Nokia's acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent may still be quite young, but the vendor is already seeing growing opportunities to apply SDN and NFV wares to emerging applications like SD-WAN and combined IP and optical functions.