Router and switch vendors Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco and Juniper are reaping the rewards of carriers' hesitation to deploy SDN and move to 100 Gigabit Ethernet.
Michel Combes the newly appointed COO of Numericable-SFR and COO of Altice, said he had no intention of launching a new price war in France in order to win back customers. Yet as Combes moves to his new offices this week, Free Mobile continued to torture its mobile rivals with a new offer that includes the highest smartphone data allowance in France with no change in price.
Outgoing Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes will receive around $14.6 million (€13 million) in stock over three years, but the vendor insisted that the compensation is not a bonus tied to him leaving the company amid Nokia's pending $17.5 billion takeover of Alcatel-Lucent.
Service providers' ongoing move to deploy 100 Gigabit Ethernet connections in their networks has become a boom for router vendors as shipments of 100 GE ports grew over 150 percent year-over-year, said Dell'Oro Group in a new report.
BT Openreach said that if its latest G.fast trial in Huntingdon is successful and if Ofcom regulation is favorable towards new investments it will deploy the technology over the next two years as a complement to its fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services.
Nokia's proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent took another step forward with its filing of a preliminary draft of a registration statement on Form F-4 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Alcatel-Lucent said the 5GNOW technology group has completed its work on developing new approaches to the physical and medium access layers of wireless networks with the goal of making IoT communications in a 5G world more efficient.
Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes will step down from his role on Sept. 1 as the vendor moves toward completing its deal with rival Nokia; the combined company is going to be led by Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri.
Nokia reported stronger sales overall in its core networking business and a strong increase in sales in North America. The company had its most profitable quarter overall since it sold its handset business to Microsoft in April 2014, according to Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri.
Alcatel-Lucent is moving ahead with its merger with Nokia, announcing that CEO Michel Combes will be leaving the company on Sept. 1.