Network upgrades by operators across the European Union as well as massive rollouts of LTE networks in China are set to increase operators' total capital investment by 4 per cent to $354 billion (€258 billion) by the end of 2014.
Alcatel-Lucent CEO, Michel Combes, again scotched rumours suggesting a merger with Nokia's Networks business is on the cards, during calls to discuss the company's first-quarter earnings.
Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Nokia both referenced impacts on their businesses from component shortages during 2014's first quarter.
Nokia aims to get engineers out of the driver's seat by putting spectrum analyzers into base stations, eliminating the need for costly, labor-intensive and time-consuming drive testing to identify and solve radio-frequency interference.
Underscoring the level of work that is still required to even determine what "5G" actually is, Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo this week said it will conduct "experimental trials" of emerging 5G technologies together with six vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, Nokia and Samsung.
At the 2014 Mobile World Congress this past February, Rajeev Suri, then CEO of Nokia's networks business, shot down rumors that the company was seeking a merger deal with Juniper Networks, though he did indicate that the companies might expand their existing partnership. A week after Suri was named CEO of Nokia, the two companies announced that they have, in fact, expanded their relationship to advance telco cloud offerings for mobile broadband.
Nokia gave further details on its post-device strategy by revealing it is establishing a $100 million (€72 million) investment fund for companies developing connected car technology.
In discussing Cloud RAN and Centralized RAN (C-RAN) distributed base station architectures, the related topic of shifting services away from the network core often pops up.
It has finally come to pass: no longer will Nokia make mobile phones, and for those of us who have watched and monitored the company over past decades it really is the end of an era. The Nokia we knew is no more now that the deal to sell its devices unit has finally gone through. Microsoft also appears to have little intention of keeping the famous phone brand, according to recent remarks by former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.
Nokia elevated soft-spoken yet intensely competitive Rajeev Suri to its president and CEO position, which was no surprise given his deft handling of the turnaround at the firm's network infrastructure unit, Nokia Solutions and Networks, which he has headed since 2009. Suri will assume the combined role on May 1.