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Nokia Networks Q4 boosted by strong North America sales

Nokia has reported its results for Q4 and the full year 2014 showing growth in the networks business aided by strong sales in the North American market. The kit maker’s services also returned to year-on-year growth for the first time since the final quarter of 2012.

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Ericsson reports flat 2014 revenues

Ericsson has reported its last quarter and full year results for 2014, revealing flat annual revenues across all of its business segments, and lower than expected Q4 sales. The Swedish equipment vendor said revenue growth was stalled by lagging North America sales.

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ZTE claims MIMO trial strengthens its 5G leadership

Chinese networking vendor ZTE has conducted what it said is the world’s first pre-commercial field trial of multi-user and multi-stream transmission on a Massive input-multiple multiple-output (MIMO) base station. The firm claimed the test has strengthened its leadership in 5G.

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Alcatel-Lucent, Vodacom in ultra-broadband GPON project

Alcatel-Lucent has announced it will build a gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) solution for Vodacom in South Africa. The vendor claimed the solution will enable Vodacom to expand its subscriber base, and provide ‘ultra-broadband’ for bandwidth-hungry activities such as video streaming and online gaming.

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Microsoft unveils HoloLens augmented reality UI

Microsoft has unveiled HoloLens, augmented reality goggles allowing wearers to create holograms by using hand gestures and voice commands. The gadget was announced at the tech giant’s official presentation of its upcoming device-agnostic operating system Windows 10.

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SK Telecom, Nokia in 5G cooperation deal

SK Telecom has announced it has entered into an agreement with Nokia to collaborate on developing 5G network technologies. The pact was sealed with a memorandum of understanding, a second such agreement between the Korean telco and the Finnish kit vendor.

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ARM, UCL launch IoT training kit

UK chip vendor ARM and the University College London (UCL) have launched an educational kit designed to develop students’ IoT technical skills and to encourage more graduates to embark upon science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) related professions.

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Samsung to snub Qualcomm Snapdragon in next Galaxy S – report

A report has claimed Samsung will snub Qualcomm’s Snapdrgaon chips in the next Galaxy S smartphones and use its own instead. According to the report, which quoted unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter, the Korean vendor has tested the new Snapdragon 810 chip but found it overheated during the trial.

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Huawei launches multi-vendor NFV lab in China

Huawei has launched an open lab in Xi’an, China, which the telecom kit giant said is dedicated to multi-vendor efforts to further the development of NFV infrastructure, platforms and services.

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Microsoft set to unify PC and mobile code base – report

Microsoft is set to unveil its new mobile strategy tomorrow, aiming to better establish itself in the mobile computing market. The software giant is about to release Windows 10, the operating system designed to work across all hardware platforms, which Microsoft reckons will make life easier to consumers and app developers alike.

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ZTE almost doubled profits in 2014

Chinese telecom kit vendor ZTE has announced preliminary full-year financial results showing 94.2% increase in in net profits for 2014. However, the firm’s annual revenue is expected to grow at a more modest rate with an 8% increase compared to 2013.

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Virgin, Qualcomm in joint satellite connectivity venture OneWeb

Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has joined forces with mobile chip vendor Qualcomm to create what they claimed will be the largest ever satellite network. The joint venture, OneWeb, will build, launch and operate the satellite constellation aimed at providing internet access and telephony to some of the world’s currently unconnected parts.

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VDSL2 access tech booms as Alcatel-Lucent shipments pass 10 million

Alcatel-Lucent has confirmed shipments of its VDSL2 vectoring line equipment have surpassed 10 million, as the technology becomes increasingly popular among global service providers. The announcement was made alongside Proximus, formerly known as Belgacom, at a ceremony in Brussels.

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Empirix makes big data analytics purchase

Network performance specialist Empirix has acquired real-time analytics firm Verios Software & Systems for an undisclosed sum. Combining the two product suites, Empirix said it aims to create a service operation centre management suite that will analyse and troubleshoot wireless network customer experience from end-user devices to the core network in real time.

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Data demand driving global optics market

The global optical components market is experiencing an upward swing as global internet traffic continues to increase, prompting network operators to deploy high speed optical technologies to keep up with demand.

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Vodafone Egypt outsources to Ericsson

Vodafone Egypt has signed up Ericsson as its first outsourcing partner, under a three year managed services agreement, to deliver network field maintenance services and improve the quality of its network in the greater Cairo area.

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