Nokia announced today that it will purchase Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) for $16.6 billion. The deal will reestablish the European vendor's presence in the wireline space, an area that it largely left behind in recent years to solely focus on wireless.
Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs unit has launched a new consulting division that it says will focus on advising the IT and broader communications networking industry as it prepares to deal with upcoming network challenges that will emerge in the year 2020.
Here's more research in support of heterogeneous networks, or HetNets. Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, says it has discovered that today's ultra-broadband mobile networks can make significant energy savings and performance gains by deploying a mix of macro and small cell radio base stations.
Alcatel-Lucent's Bell labs is putting more muscle into its IP video business by establishing an "antenna" office in Cambridge, UK, to conduct research on real-time video delivery on various types of connected devices.
When Marcus Weldon, Alcatel-Lucent's CTO, was also named president of Bell Labs in early November, the move signaled the company's intent to leverage R&D to propel its Shift Plan restructuring strategy and align research activities with its roadmap for commercial products.
Five years ago, when FierceWireless:Europe was first launched, European voice revenue registered its first quarterly decline, the success of the iPhone seemed in the balance and WiMAX was being positioned to surpass 3G as a new mobile data standard. I make reference to this more recent history to illustrate the pace of change in the mobile industry, and to note that this will be my last editorial for the publication.
Alcatel-Lucent on Monday named Gee Rittenhouse the new president of Bell Labs, replacing Jeong Kim, who is returning to South Korea to serve as that country's minister of Future Creation and Science.
As the holiday season winds down and consumers begin using yet another batch of video-enabled devices, the world's wireline networks will be pushed even closer to their finite edge, new research from Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs says.
I would like to call your attention to our second annual "Innovators who changed the course of telecom" series. With the consumer's reliance on gaming consoles and wireless devices as well as their expectation of always-available high speed Internet, it's easy to forget the many innovators who laid the foundations that make these applications a reality.
Michael Birck, Tellabs' current chairman and founder, on Friday announced he would retire following the 2013 annual stockholders meeting.