Category: Vendor


Alcatel Lucent to compensate Telecom NZ over 3G network failings

Reports from New Zealand suggest that Franco-US vendor Alcatel Lucent (ALU) is to award a compensation payment of NZ$100m (US$72.8m) to incumbent player Telecom over the poor performance of the ‘XT’ 3G network it delivered to the carrier, and operates on its behalf.

HP to buy Palm, invest in webOS

PC giant HP has emerged as Palm’s saving grace, agreeing to pick up the struggling handset vendor for $1.2bn in cash.

Nexus One will not be available on Verizon

Google has announced on a blog posting that a version of its Nexus One handset that is compatible with US carrier Verizon’s CDMA network will now not be made available. When the handset was launched in January this year, Google said that it would be partnering with Verizon to distribute the phone “in the future”. The announcement raises questions over Google’s commitment to a CDMA-based version of the Nexus One.

Ericsson Q1 profits slide by 30 per cent

Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson has reported a 30 per cent drop in profits for the first quarter of this year, netting SEK1.3bn ($180m) for the three months to end March, compared to SEK1.8bn for the same period in 2009. CEO Hans Vestberg said a slowdown in infrastructure sales was partly to blame, and the firm was also impacted by ongoing restructuring costs.

Apple profits up 90 per cent

The iPhone continues to reap significant rewards for Apple, with the Californian firm posting fiscal Q2 results on Tuesday that saw profits leap by 90 per cent year on year to $3.07bn.

Alcatel Lucent launches mobile advertising service

Franco-US vendor Alcatel Lucent unveiled a new mobile advertising solution yesterday, designed to give mobile operators a toehold in a space where they seem in danger of being excluded.

Telstra sets up LTE trial

Australian carrier Telstra will conduct trials of LTE in May after signing Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei to deliver kit for the project.

Qualcomm to bid for Indian spectrum

US chip shop Qualcomm has confirmed its intention to bid in India’s upcoming auction for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum.

Motorola loses set top box chief

Dan Moloney, president of Motorola’s Home business, which makes set top boxes, quit the firm this week to head up a small, Philadelphia-based electronics firm.

Motorola splits

US vendor Motorola plans to split up in early 2011, spinning off its handsets and set top box unit into one entity and its enterprise and networks arm into another.

Agilent offloads wireless operation

Network test and measurement firm exited the telecoms space on Thursday when it sold its wireless testing operations to fixed line measurement firAgilent m JDSU.

Ericsson wins AT&T LTE deal

Swedish kit vendor Ericsson is to be a key supplier of LTE infrastructure to US carrier AT&T, with commercial deployments scheduled to take place in 2011.

Handset vendors show signs of growth

Leading handset vendor Nokia had a bumper quarter at the end of 2009, with profits climbing to €882m in the fourth quarter from €551 in the same period in 2008.

LG-Nortel goes into business with Accton

Telecoms joint venture LG-Nortel this week partnered with Taiwanese kit vendor Accton to form another joint venture targeting the North American market.

Ericsson sees profits plummet in 2009

Swedish vendor Ericsson turned in a gloomy set of results on Monday, with figures weighed on by heavy restructuring costs and the less than stellar performance of its joint venture businesses.

Ericsson joint ventures struggling along

Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson reports its financial results next week, but statements from its two joint ventures on Friday do not bode well for the firm.

Ericsson stalls Huawei’s move into Sweden

It was a win for the old school on Wednesday when Nordic carrier TeliaSonera announced Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) as its suppliers of LTE equipment. The news was particularly good for Swedish vendor Ericsson, which had been faced with the danger of Huawei planting a flag in the Swede’s own back yard.

Motorola reveals Sensitive side

US vendor Motorola has invested in Sensitive Object, a French firm that specialises in ‘natural user interface’ (NUI) solutions. Through its VC arm Motorola Ventures, the US manufacturer has taken an undisclosed stake in Sensitive Object, parting with an undisclosed sum for the privilege. Some reports have suggested Motorola has acquired the company completely.

Siemens still feeling pain of NSN venture

It’s not often we write about German vendor Siemens anymore, given its departure from the telecoms space. But the firm is still paying for its joint venture with Nokia, on Thursday announcing an impairment charge of €1.634bn on its partnership in Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN).

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