Nokia's deal to acquire Alcatel-Lucent will give it a stronger position in wireless but also make it "very strong" in North America, said Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri during a fireside chat at the GSMA's Mobile World Congress Shanghai.
Just as Huawei touted its contributions to the European 5G Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP) initiative, it announced a string of 4.5G and 5G-related achievements, including one in which it will deploy new services based on 4.5G for the Shanghai Disney Resort and China Unicom Shanghai.
While it may seem like the rest of the world is marching down the path to 5G with more trials and demonstrations than what's occurring in the U.S., that doesn't mean the U.S. still can't be a leader in adopting 5G, according to the head of wireless research at Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs.
Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to test network functions virtualization technologies with a focus on enhancing network performance and efficiencies.
Nokia Networks is making a lot of progress with its partners and operator customers on the road to 5G, and it's ready to further tackle the architectural concepts, projects and designs that will define 5G.
Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica agreed to carry out further tests on network functions virtualisation (NFV) as the operator investigates how it can prepare its mobile network to meet future demands placed on it by the Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and increased customer connectivity.
The European Commission (EC) pumped €8 million ($8.8 million) into a new industry-led 5G research programme that aims to produce a new air interface for sub-6GHz networks.
Alcatel-Lucent scored deals with China Mobile and China Unicom that will have it delivering mobile and fixed ultra-broadband access, IP routing, agile optical networking and network functions virtualization (NFV) capabilities, along with Nuage Networks' software defined networking (SDN) technologies and more.
Nokia Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Deutsche Telekom, Orange and Telefónica are among 13 telecom industry players that teamed up to develop a 5G mobile network architecture as part of the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5GPPP) initiative.
Ericsson said its second-quarter results will be hit by restructuring costs of around SEK2.5 billion (€271 million/$304 million) as the company continues to implement measures first announced in November 2014 to reduce costs and improve efficiency.