It's the day we've all been waiting for-- well, some of us, at least: the "new" Nokia is set to start operations on Thursday this week, completing the merger with Alcatel-Lucent and launching combined products and services onto the market.
Nokia completed its preparations for the integration of Alcatel-Lucent's business by announcing the final line up for its board of directors and group leadership teams, ahead of the companies' first day as a combined entity on Jan.14.
Nokia announced it has taken control of Alcatel-Lucent after receiving approval from France's securities watchdog agency for the $17 billion deal. Nokia will hold nearly 80 percent of its former rival, and the companies will begin working "as an operationally combined group" on Jan. 14.
Nokia said it has gained control of Alcatel-Lucent following a successful public exchange offer that will see the Finnish telecoms equipment manufacturer hold almost 80 per cent of its former rival.
The regional carrier iWireless said it has completed the first phase of its LTE rollout "in major and secondary markets" in its home state of Iowa.
Nokia Networks may have products ready for the 3.5 GHz band by next year, but the certification process will determine when the products actually go to market.
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that the carrier expects to be able to offer 5G wireless speeds up to 1 Gbps, and that he expects the company to begin a commercial test of the technology as early as next month at the carrier's Basking Ridge, N.J., headquarters.
Nokia said it expects to close the sale of its Here navigation business to a consortium of auto makers ahead of schedule, in an announcement made a day after its shareholders gave the green light to its planned merger with Alcatel-Lucent.
Rumors of a Surface phone are percolating again following a report from Windows Central that Microsoft will launch a premium handset under the brand in the second half of 2016.
Japan's NTT DoCoMo says it has successfully conducted 5G trials in actual-use environments with no less than five big-name vendors: Nokia Networks, Samsung, Ericsson, Huawei and Fujitsu.