Nokia unveiled a new leadership team and organisational structure for the company that will result from its planned merger with Alcatel-Lucent that is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016. Of the 13-person leadership team, 10 members will come from Nokia.
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri committed to utilising Alcatel-Lucent's French R&D facilities to develop technologies including 5G and small cells as part of a deal to secure the backing of France's government for the companies' planned merger.
Alcatel-Lucent said it had satisfied Italian operator TIM's need for ultra-broadband connectivity between two Sicilian islands by using its microwave radio platform.
Alcatel-Lucent acquired U.S.-based Mformation, a specialist in mobile and 'Internet of Things' (IoT) security and device management solutions for mobile operators, service providers and enterprises
Smile Telecoms raised $365 million (€326 million) to expand its existing LTE networks and services in Africa, and said it plans to launch services in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) early in 2016.
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.