Donald Procknow, the former president of the AT&T Bell System-era manufacturing arm Western Electric, passed away at 93.
Nokia is now the number two worldwide optical network equipment vendor.
Nokia garnered a mixed response from financial analysts after announcing a 9 per cent drop in net sales year-on-year in the opening quarter based on a comparison of combined figures with Alcatel-Lucent.
Nokia's first-quarter earnings fell short of expectations due partly to decreased demand for its network gear, and the company said slowing sales in China will weigh down revenues during the rest of the year.
Passive optical LAN (POL) technology is showing promise of greater bandwidth with a future-proofed architecture that surpasses copper-based LANs, but analysts say what will help it grow will be the entry of larger vendors.
Nokia is trying to answer the call for open, non-proprietary software-driven solutions, combining Alcatel-Lucent's expertise with Nokia's, and by extension, making it easier for service providers to launch new services faster.
Nokia plans to cut thousands of jobs globally including a reported 1,300 positions in its homeland of Finland as part of an effort to save more than $1 billion in the wake of its recent acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.
Nokia announced it is consulting with its two European works councils over staff cuts that form part of its commitment to reduce operating costs by €900 million ($1.02 billion) by 2018 following its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.
The worldwide market for small cells enjoyed 44 percent year-over-year growth in 2015, according to IHS. But it's still tiny compared to the global 2G/3G radio access network (RAN) market.
IHS Technology said small cell rollouts increased worldwide during 2015 but noted that the small cell equipment market remains tiny compared to the global 2G/3G radio access network (RAN) market.