Palm brand apparently acquired by TCL Alcatel for 2015 US smartphone push

Having already disposed of the majority of its abortive Palm acquisition, HP has now handed over the brand. While there has been no formal announcement from either party, all the evidence points towards the Palm brand having been snapped up by TCL Alcatel, presumably to badge a range of smartphones.

Alcatel-Lucent debuts ‘Zero Touch Vectoring’

Paris-headquartered telecoms equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent has announced an innovation for VDSL2 Vectoring, called ‘Zero Touch Vectoring’, designed to eliminate the need to update the firmware on all modems on the network.

Facebook and Orange team up on dedicated handsets

International mobile operator Orange has announced a collaboration with Facebook on a range of sub-€100 handsets described by Facebook’s head of mobile, Henri Moissinac, as featuring “the best set of integrations so far” of any device the social networking firm has co-developed. Orange said consumers who buy the handsets, which are built by Alcatel, will get “unlimited” access to Facebook as part of their data plan.

LTE backers complete test calls

Wireless broadband technology Long Term Evolution (LTE), moved a step closer to commercial reality on Thursday as Alcatel-Lucent and LG Electronics announced the completion of test calls. The companies, which carried out the multi-vendor interoperability testing initiative using Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE kit and mobile device prototypes from LG, said the announcement represented a key milestone in […]

Alcatel: Out for a Duck

Chinese handset vendor TCL Communications staged the UK launch of the Mandarina Duck handset in London today. Operating under its European brand name Alcatel – the French telecoms giant has a five per cent stake in the firm – the firm said the new handsets will be available, exclusively in the UK at the Carphone […]

Alcatel and Lucent move closer

Alcatel and Lucent moved another step towards their proposed merger Tuesday as the Committee on Foreign investment in the US (CFIUS) gave its blessing to the deal under the provisions of the Exon-Florio amendment. The companies gave notice of the merger to the CFIUS in August. The companies said the CFIUS prepared a recommendation on […]

Lucent snaps up Mobilitec for IMS portfolio

In a bid to further enhance its 3G portfolio following the mega merger with Alcatel, US equipment vendor Lucent Technologies this week announced an agreement to acquire Mobilitec, a developer of content management software for wireless service providers. Lucent will acquire Mobilitec, a privately held company in California, for an undisclosed cash sum. The company, […]

Alcatel and Nortel ink $320m UMTS deal

Alcatel announced Friday that it had signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Nortel to acquire its UMTS network radio access business and related assets for $320m (£168m). Under the transaction, Alcatel said it “intends to acquire Nortel’s UMTS radio access technology and product portfolio, associated patents and tangible assets as well as customer contracts”. […]

Lucent, Alcatel deal sheds 9,000 jobs

Around 9,000 jobs are to be shed when the merger between Lucent and Alcatel is completed, the companies said Monday night. In a statement, the pair said they “are on track to complete… the merger transaction by the end of calendar year 2006”. Analysts predicted there would be job losses a as result of the […]