Verizon and American Tower executives highlighted the challenges to installing small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems, especially in urban markets and inside buildings, even as they acknowledged that such installations will be key to their businesses going forward.
As more U.S. broadband households adopt connected devices, the need for support services will rise. According to a Parks Associates white paper, smart home products and systems will generate over seven million support requests in the U.S. in 2015 and approximately 11 million in 2019. Today, U.S. broadband households now own an average of seven-and-a-half connected computing and entertainment devices, and 18 percent own at least one smart home device.
Nokia confirmed that Alcatel-Lucent CTO Marcus Weldon, who also serves as the president of Bell Labs, will take on the CTO role in the combined company once Nokia completes its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.
Cisco's routing segment is in a bit of limbo as the vendor reported that first quarter revenue declined 8 percent to $1.8 billion due to the timing of some of the orders it has from its key customers.
Nokia named the two executives who will head up its businesses in Europe and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) following the completion of its proposed €15.6 billion ($16.8 billion) merger with Alcatel-Lucent that it expects to close in the first half of 2016.
Wireless operators may have blanketed much of their towers with fiber, but Consolidated Communications is still seeing potential in large macro builds and growing potential in small cells.
Nokia said Ricky Corker will become the head of its North American business following the close of its $16.8 billion deal to buy rival Alcatel-Lucent. Corker, a Nokia veteran with more than 10 years of experience at the company, currently serves as executive vice president for North America and chairman of SAC Wireless at Nokia Networks.
Ericsson and Cisco's partnership to resell each other's products and services and jointly develop new ones could generate well more than the $1 billion each in revenue by 2018 that the vendors have projected, according to senior executives at the firms. Meanwhile, John Chambers, Cisco's executive chairman and former CEO, indicated that he thinks Nokia's deal to acquire Alcatel-Lucent is likely to fail, something Nokia dismissed.
AT&T may be nearing completion of a fiber-to-the-building program as part of its multibillion-dollar Project VIP initiative, but the service provider is seeing the influence extend into smaller businesses.
Windstream is laying a foundation to expand its wholesale service presence in the Western market by lighting a set of new diverse 500G routes from Denver to Chicago and Dallas.