Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent launches major new SDN platform

French networking company Alcatel-Lucent has unveiled its Network Services Platform (NSP), a unified, SDN-based carrier solution designed to unify service automation and network optimization.

Profits plummet at Nokia Networks

Finnish telco Nokia’s Q1 2015 earnings report revealed a dramatic decline in profits from its core networking operations. While Nokia Networks revenues were up 15% year-on-year, operating profit was down a massive 61%, with the Mobile Broadband division registering a loss of €3 million.

Verizon announces SDN overhaul plans

Verizon has confirmed publicly its plans to develop and implement a software defined networking infrastructure, working alongside Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson and Nokia Networks, among others.

Boards approve €15.6bn Nokia deal for Alcatel-Lucent

Upheaval is in the air in the network infrastructure industry as the rumoured acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia, acknowledged yesterday by the former, was officially announced by the latter this morning. The transaction places a value of around €15.6 billion on Alcatel-Lucent, which Nokia will acquire in full.

Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia merge could form infrastructure powerhouse – Ovum

Speculation has intensified this week over a potential move by Nokia to acquire rival network kit maker Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), in what could be a serious shake up of the telecoms infrastructure market. This morning, ALU released a statement confirming that the two parties are currently in talks.

Telefónica looks to self-service CEM

Spanish telco Telefónica has turned to self-service based CEM tools for residential European and Latin American customers, in order to ease pressure on OSS being caused by increased data consumption over broadband. Alcatel-Lucent and Accenture announced a four year strategic partnership in order to facilitate the transformation of Telefónica’s CEM processes.

Alcatel-Lucent, China Telecom in LTE expansion partnership

Alcatel-Lucent has announced a partnership with China Telecom to roll out the operator’s FDD-LTE services to 40 additional cities across 12 Chinese provinces. The French infrastructure vendor said it is one of three suppliers to have been chosen by the telco, and will provide its LTE mobile ultra-broadband access technology to complete the project.

Alcatel’s Bell Labs launches industry consulting division

Bell Labs, the indusrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, has launched what it said is a discrete consultancy providing services and techo-economic modelling tools designed to help the IT and communications networking industries.

MWC demos suggest NFV commercially ready

NFV was grandiosely unveiled at last year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and was rapidly heralded in as the next-big-thing for carrier networking. This year, multiple pledges have been made by exhibitors to demonstrate the power of an NFV-enabled architecture, with showcases expected to run all week by some of the industry’s largest players, which aim to show the tech’s move towards commercial readiness.

16 million mobile devices infected by malware in 2014 – report

A report by Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive Security Labs (formerly Kindsight Security Labs) has estimated some 16 million mobile devices globally were infected by malware in 2014, with network attacks also on the rise putting both personal and business data at risk.

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.

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.

Alcatel-Lucent appoints ex-Riverbed VP as EMEA President

Alcatel-Lucent has appointed ex-Riverbed VP Willem Hendrickx as its President for Europe, Middle East and Africa. At his new role with the France-based vendor he will be responsible for the entire sales and operational management of the company’s activities in the EMEA region. Hendrickx has over 20 years’ experience in sales and management roles at […]

Nokia Networks, Ooredoo claim first Qatar LTE-A service

Nokia Networks and Qatar-based telco Ooredoo have announced what they claim to be the first LTE-Advanced service in the country. The two partners claimed the nationwide service, achieved through LTE-A carrier aggregation by Nokia, offers up to 225Mbps downlink data speeds.

Alcatel-Lucent virtualizes routing in NFV gambit

Alcatel-Lucent has announced the arrival of its virtualized service router (VSR), a virtualised network function capable of being deployed in an NFV environment. The vendor claims that the VSR software is capable of being deployed on general purpose x86 compute platforms, a form of commoditised off the shelf hardware (COTS).

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