Small-cell backhaul poised for takeoff in 2014: Infonetics Research

The market for small-cell backhaul in outdoor settings is poised for rampant growth next year, according to a new study from Infonetics Research.

Operators are increasingly looking to small-cell technology to plug gaps in existing coverage and boost the capability of their networks.

Pressure on current investments is growing as consumers rush to adopt new smartphones and other devices that can be used to access high-speed internet services.

Alcatel-Lucent's future is at risk: CEO

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Alcatel-Lucent's future is at risk after the telecoms company, which has been in the red since 2006, missed key technological shifts, its chief executive Michel Combes said on Tuesday as French workers protested against job cuts.

The Franco-American group last week unveiled plans to slash 10,000 jobs worldwide, including 900 in France, arguing the cuts were its last chance to stem years of losses and turn the company around.

"This company could disappear," Combes told Europe 1 radio.

China's Huawei rules out large acquisitions: report

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China's Huawei, one of the world's largest telecoms network infrastructure providers, is not planning any large takeovers because it would be unable to integrate them, Deputy Chairman Guo Ping was reported as saying in German paper Welt am Sonntag.

Ping, one of three deputy chairmen who take turns acting as chief executive, was responding to the paper's question on whether he could imagine buying one of Europe's big players in the sector, such as Nokia (Helsinki, Finland) or Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France).

Alcatel-Lucent cuts 10,000 jobs in 'last chance' for turnaround

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Telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent said on Tuesday it would cut 10,000 jobs worldwide, calling it the last chance to turn the company around from heavy losses.

It was the latest step in a plan to focus on high-growth areas ranging from 4G mobile to high-speed broadband, and to lower fixed costs by more than 15 percent, saving a total of 1 billion euros ($1.36 billion).

The product of a 2006 Franco-U.S. merger aimed at creating a global giant, Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) told a European works council meeting it intends to axe nearly one in seven of its employees.

Time Warner Cable agrees $600 million DukeNet takeover

US cable company Time Warner Cable has agreed a $600 million takeover of DukeNet Communications, which operates a fiber-optic network across various Southeastern states.

DukeNet (Charlotte, NC, USA) is currently 50% owned by Duke Energy (Charlotte, NC, USA), the country’s largest electric power holding company, with the other 50% held by investment firm Alinda Capital (Greenwich, CT, USA).

The companies expect the transaction to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to normal regulatory approvals.

China's Huawei to add 5,500 jobs in Europe in five years: paper

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Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei plans to create 5,500 jobs in Europe within five years as the company expands its services in the region, state-owned newspaper China Daily said on Saturday.

Huawei (Shenzhen, China), the world's second largest maker of telecoms communication equipment, is to offer information technology solutions to European businesses, Patrick Zhang, president of marketing and solutions at Huawei Enterprise Business Group, told the newspaper.

AT&T explores potential sale of wireless towers

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AT&T Inc said on Friday it is exploring options such as a sale of its wireless broadcast towers but noted that its ability to reach a deal would depend on the terms it is able to reach with the buyer for its ongoing use of the towers.

When wireless service providers sell broadcast towers they typically lease back space from tower operators so they can continue to offer their services without interruption.

Bloomberg reported earlier this week that AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) had hired bankers for a sale of its towers that could fetch about $5 billion.

20th Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries

Date
Start Date: 
Friday, April 4, 2014
End Date: 
Monday, April 7, 2014

Germany:

Europe's largest trade fair for hydrogen, fuel cells and batteries. 

150 companies from 25 countries will present their products at the 5.000 m² large exhibition area in Hall 27 of HANNOVER MESSE 2014. 

International Conference Automotive BUS Systems and Ethernet

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, December 9, 2013
End Date: 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Germany:

First international conference providing a balanced look at Low, Mid, and High Speed (Ethernet) BUS systems 

China's Huawei expects $2 billion in 4G revenue this year

Reuters

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd expects to take in more than $2 billion in revenues selling 4G gear this year as global carriers from China to Europe expand their networks, senior company executives said on Wednesday.

Even though 4G LTE (long-term evolution) promises faster video streaming and Internet downloads, the cost of smartphones would need to come down before the technology can enter the global mainstream, they told reporters in a briefing.

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