Alcatel-Lucent said it is still dealing with lower carrier spending in the U.S. but still managed to boost its overall revenue in the first quarter and improve its gross margins on higher sales of software products.
Nokia is less than two weeks away from agreeing the sale of its HERE mapping business to a consortium of German car manufacturers and Chinese web company Baidu.
Plenty of folks point out that the U.S. is lagging when it comes to 5G, but researchers are hoping to spur 5G R&D in the U.S. with the new Wireless Innovation Lab at National Instruments headquarters in Austin, Texas.
Nokia reported stronger sales in North America in the first quarter, and in its networks business overall. However, the underlying profit of the company's networks business fell, and investors grew worried about drooping margins.
Verizon Communications will move to a software-centric network architecture to reduce costs and deliver new services to customers faster. The company today announced that Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Juniper Networks and Nokia Networks will be its five initial software-defined network vendors.
Verizon is implementing software-defined networking throughout its networks to improve service timelines. For the company's wireline network, the initial focus will be on migrating legacy elements and functions onto software-based platforms.
Nokia shot down reports it is gearing up to launch a new range of Android smartphones in 2016 in an official statement released in response to feverish speculation that the world's former number one device maker is set to re-enter the market.
Nokia's integration of Alcatel-Lucent following the proposed acquisition of its rival will be difficult and messy. Some significant rewards will take many years to achieve, if ever. However, very large research and development demands with economies of scale and scope in 4G, 5G and with fixed-mobile network convergence make this kind of transaction inevitable and indispensable.
Nokia reportedly attracted four potential bidders for its HERE mapping business, after announcing it is reviewing the division's future alongside a proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.
Nokia is preparing to jump back into the handset market as soon as next year, likely via licensing its brand and technologies, according to a Re/code report.