Telstra, Australia's incumbent telco, said it was able to transmit up to 100 Mbps of bandwidth over existing copper networks leveraging Alcatel-Lucent's VDSL2 and vectoring technology.
Sprint has received LTE-enabled small cells from its infrastructure vendors Alcatel-Lucent and Samsung and is testing the devices for planned deployment.
Struggling to catch up with Asia and North America, which have set the pace for LTE deployments, Europe is focusing on the next generation of mobile communications, commonly called 5G. The flagship project leading this effort is METIS 2020, which aims to position Europe as a 5G leader.
As Nokia presented what is likely to be one of its last lineups of new Lumia devices including its first tablet and a new "phablet" before the manufacturer sells its devices and services business to partner Microsoft, rumours persist that the Finnish company could make use of this new influx of cash to buy the mobile unit of struggling vendor Alcatel-Lucent, whose future looks more uncertain by the day.
In Greek mythology, Metis was a cunning and wise Titan goddess capable of prophesying. In modern times, METIS is a research project being partially funded by the European Commission with an eye toward enabling its vision of the 5G future.
Seaborn Networks, an independent submarine cable operator, has secured a "Promise of Guarantee" from Coface, the French Export Credit Agency, for the Seabras-1 submarine cable system connecting Sao Paulo, Brazil and the United States.
Alcatel-Lucent is on the verge of winning a contract from a domestic French operator that would see the struggling manufacturer provide small cells for improved mobile coverage in France, Reuters has reported.
U.S. wireless carriers are expected to spend well over $20 billion on wireless capital expenditures in 2013 alone as they continue their LTE deployments and modernize their networks. Money is sloshing through the economy as a result of that spending, trickling down to vendors, handset makers and other ecosystem partners. However, that does not mean that all is healthy in the wireless economy.
Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena and Cisco may be the largest optical transport network switching and transport equipment and packet-optical transport systems vendors, but a new Infonetics report said they are being challenged by a host of pure-play P-OTS platform vendors.
Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes warned that the company is facing a dire situation and that its recently announced job cuts and restructuring moves are necessary to keep the vendor afloat.