Although Chinese-based smartphone makers Xiaomi and OnePlus have garnered attention and market share this year as sales of their low-cost models have thrived, the companies face obstacles to expanding globally, including patent litigation and a lack of brand awareness among Western consumers.
Ericsson is reportedly about to sign a contract to expand the telecoms network of state-run operator Ethio Telecom, taking a slice of an $800 million (€643 million) contract originally awarded to ZTE.
Huawei signed a five-year global agreement with Norway-based Telenor Group to supply radio access network (RAN) equipment and professional services throughout the operator's European and Asian footprint.
The smartphone segment was boosted in the third quarter of 2014 by the launch of Apple's iPhone 6 combined with the continual adoption of lower-cost, entry-level smartphones that enable new users to become mobile broadband subscribers for the first time.
Huawei has reiterated that it does not plan on producing any phones running Microsoft's Windows Phones software.
Huawei revealed the construction of a Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) lab that will allow operators and equipment manufacturers on three continents to trial NFV, software defined networking (SDN) and cloud computing technologies.
When you're the host of the party, it's natural to take the stage at some point, which is exactly what Huawei's rotating CEO did when the company hosted the second day of the Global Mobile Broadband (MBB) Forum 2014, supported by the GSMA and the China Academy of Telecommunication Research of MIIT, in Shanghai, China.
Huawei is getting even deeper into 5G waters, inking a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MegaFon in Russia, with plans to demonstrate 5G in a trial during the FIFA World Cup in 2018.
Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes said that the vendor is "back in the game" in terms of competing with its top rivals and that the company is looking, like other gear makers, for non-carriers customers. After skirting with financial disaster and undergoing a massive restructuring, Combes seemed to be brimming with confidence about Alcatel-Lucent's prospects.
Huawei's been making a lot of noise about 5G lately, so it's no surprise that rival ZTE would want to get in on the action. The Chinese vendor provided updates on its vision for "pre5G" at an international meeting of industry officials.