Huawei and Ericsson lead their vendor peers in terms of capturing LTE network contracts, but the entire market is expected to continue growing amid a boom in LTE deployments worldwide, according to a new report from Informa Telecoms & Media.
Qualcomm's purchase of a small stake in infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent to help develop small cells for 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi networks will hopefully serve as a template for others. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combs said that he hopes to attract other technology investors to boost the company's research budget.
Alcatel-Lucent may still be working through the company's restructuring process set by new CEO Michel Combes, but the company's IP division sales continued to be the star performer in the vendor's portfolio, rising over 25 percent year-over-year to $827 million.
Alcatel-Lucent reported a wider net loss for the second quarter due to restructuring charges, but the company also unveiled a partnership with chipset maker Qualcomm to develop small cells for 3G, LTE and W-Fi networks. Qualcomm will also separately take a small stake in Alcatel-Lucent, news that sent the infrastructure vendor's shares up.
Millions of smartphone and tablet customers are clamouring for faster mobile data services in Russia, making the country the next major battleground for network equipment vendors.
Despite an economy that continues to be challenging, the telecom and datacom equipment and software market has held steady worldwide. In 2010, it grew 19 percent; in 2011 it saw 7 percent growth; and in 2012 it held steady at $172 billion.
Bell Labs researchers conducted a test where they transmitted 31 Tbps over 7200 km on one fiber at its parent Alcatel-Lucent's Innovation City campus in Villarceaux near Paris.
Alcatel-Lucent and A1, a Telekom Austria Group subsidiary, held a trial of the emerging G.fast vectoring standard where they delivered 1 Gbps-plus speeds over short distances on existing copper network connections to homes and businesses.
Alcatel-Lucent and Telekom Austria Group subsidiary A1 claim to have broken the 1 Gbps broadband speed barrier using G.fast technology developed by Bell Labs over an existing copper telecommunications network.
While analysts have generally been positive about Nokia's purchase of Siemens' stake in Nokia Siemens Networks due to the improving performance of NSN and the opportunity for Nokia to benefit from operators' LTE network investments, the timing of the takeover raises some concerns about the impact of the investment on Nokia's bottom line.