Alcatel-Lucent wins broadband expansion with China Telecom

As the Chinese government steps up ‘Broadband China’, its program to provide high-speed broadband connections to more than 250 million households in urban and rural locations by 2015, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it has signed an agreement with China Telecom to deploy its IP/MPLS 7750 Service Router (SR) portfolio.

Latin America will have over 50 million 4G subscribers by end of 2017

Latin America will account for 51 million 4G subscribers by the end of 2017, according to the most recent report published by Maravedis-Rethink, a provider of market intelligence and advisory services.

ZTE to increase US purchases to $9 billion over 3 years despite recent scrutiny


ZTE Corp, the world's fifth largest telecom equipment vendor, plans to increase its purchases from the United States by around 10% annually to over $9 billion in the next three years, an executive said on Wednesday.

The increase in purchases comes at a time when ZTE (Shenzhen, P.R.C.), along with bigger Chinese rival Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (Shenzhen, P.R.C.), is under scrutiny of U.S. lawmakers and industry executives on security and subsidy issues.

France Telecom wants to keep stake in UK venture


The French and German owners of Britain's largest mobile operator, Everything Everywhere, are not interested in selling and have enough cash to invest in the business, France Telecom's chief executive said on Thursday.

Investment banking sources had told Reuters last week that former chief executive Tom Alexander approached private equity groups six months ago to gauge interest in a $12.6 billion offer for the France Telecom (Paris) and Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) joint venture.

Sonus Networks acquires NET for $42 million

Sonus Networks, Inc., a provider of SIP communications equipment, and Network Equipment Technologies, Inc., a provider of networking services for communications in Unified Communications (UC), SIP trunking and cloud-based deployments, on Tuesday announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Sonus to acquire NET for $42 million.

Optimizing a service provider network

Broadband access and broadband services will be the main driver of revenue growth for mobile service providers over the next five years. However, there is currently a significant strain being placed on wireless networks. With smartphone and tablet adoption on the rise and user demand for mobile video continuing to explode, service providers are increasingly challenged to manage expanding networks.

European telcos count on 4G for pricing power


European telecom operators are planning to charge customers more for faster new fourth-generation (4G) mobile services in the hope of recouping massive network investments and clawing back lost pricing power.

It's a risky approach since it could put off recession-weary customers and slow the adoption of a technology that benefits telcos by lowering operating costs and helping reduce network overload.

InterDigital agrees to $375 million patent transaction with Intel


InterDigital Inc said on Monday it had agreed to sell to Intel Corp about 1,700 wireless technology patents for $375 million, sending InterDigital shares up 27%.

The agreement involves patents primarily related to 3G, LTE and 802.11 technologies.

Report: Telecom capex spike expected in 2012; Asia is largest spender

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from a report analyzing and forecasting telecom operator revenue and capital expenditures (capex).  Based on the report, Infonetics expects worldwide capex to spike in 2012, then level out in 2015 and 2016 at around the $345 billion mark.

Everything Everywhere could float stake: France Telecom


France Telecom would consider floating a stake in its market-leading British mobile joint venture Everything Everywhere as the tie-up finally starts to realize its potential, Finance Officer Gervais Pellissier said on Wednesday.

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