Nokia said it plans to buy U.S.-based Medio Systems to boost its HERE navigation, location and mapping division in what is the Finnish company's second acquisition for the business unit in two weeks.
Samsung Electronics is perhaps best known in the U.S. market as a purveyor of smartphones and tablets, but the company is looking to bolster its network infrastructure and services position by hiring veterans from wireless and media companies.
Alcatel-Lucent appointed former Huawei executive Roberto Loiola as the new president and CEO of Alcatel-Lucent Italy--a role that also includes responsibility for Greece, Malta and Cyprus.
It's been one year since South Korea's SK Telecom became the world's first carrier to activate LTE Advanced carrier aggregation with a commercial smartphone available for use with the service. That anniversary prompted me to ask around about any pitfalls to this technology that carriers and vendors may have come across now that there is a year of carrier-aggregation experience under the industry's collective belt.
Nokia's acquisition of Mesaplexx is a strategic move in line with new CEO and president Rajeev Suri's plan to acquire smaller firms that will fill gaps in Nokia's product portfolio.
Microsoft's vice president of OEM partners, Nick Parker, said the retail price of Windows Phone smartphones and tablets will become more competitive during 2014, as company initiatives to boost the operating system (OS) begin to bear fruit.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that despite the firm's $7.5 billion purchase of Nokia's devices and services business, Microsoft is still at its heart a software company.
Nokia plans to make security a main focus in its networks business by dedicating a new unit within the company to ensuring that new products have security baked in. The unit's creation, which will happen June 1, comes at a time when network gear vendors are facing continued concerns about the security of their products amid arguments over spying between the United States and China.
Nokia's annual wireless end-user survey reveals that the share of heavy users of advanced data services keeps rising globally, with 69 percent of subscribers worldwide fitting into that category. In the most advanced markets, such as South Korea, the result is as high as 84 percent.
Nokia said it has deployed the first commercial LTE network in North Africa after rolling out the high-speed mobile infrastructure for state-owned Algerian operator, Algérie Télécom.