• CEO confident in order pipeline and cost control to return to profitability

    No operating segment within Alcatel Lucent was profitable in the first quarter of 2012, with the networks, software & services and enterprise division all contributing losses.

    The company's executives, CEO Ben Verwaayen and CFO Paul Tufano, said that a combination of a lower than expected volume of sales, plus a higher than expected ratio of low margin business within its sales mix, had lead to operating losses for the company of €221 million for the quarter and a reduction in gross margin to 30.3%.

  • Most active user is consuming 200GB per month on trial LTE network

    O2 has been running 4G network trail in Londonsince December 2011. Today, the operator released a few headline results of that trial, timed to coincide with the completion of the analogue-digital TV switchover in London  — even though O2 was using trial spectrum at 2.6GHz, not the digital dividend frequency band at 800MHz. O2 said the trial  has seen speeds of up to 150Mbps, hit click to bang rates (latency) of less than one tenth of a second and enabled 40MB file downloads in a matter of seconds.

  • Finnish operator DNA today announced the availability of Sierra Wireless' AirCard® 762S mobile hotspot. The LTE-connected WLAN access point, named the DNA 4G WLAN Mokkula, provides an LTE backhaul connection for up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices. This is the first European launch for the AirCard 76xS product family, which was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in late February.

  • Network optimisation specialist Aircom International is to acquire Symena, a provider of optimisation and Automatic Cell Planning (ACP) tools, for an undisclosed sum. Aircom said that the combination of "innovative" optimisation methodologies from Symena with its own "vastly scalable" OSS capabilities would create "a unique SON offering" for the market.

    Symena develops software that automates cell planning, network deployment and ongoing operations. Founded in 2002, it claimed to be the first company to offer a commercial ACP solution for LTE.  It has been developing specific SON solutions since 2009 and has, Aircom's statement said, "enjoyed significant market traction" with operators, network equipment providers, systems integrators and drive test tool vendors.

  • Mavenir's Terry McCabe talks about his company's role in helping MetroPCS bring LTE services to market, specifically its move to provide voice services over the 4G network. McCabe says that there are lessons for other operators in MetroPCS' approach to implementing Voice over LTE, not least in how it integrates network elements from different vendors.

  • SFR, the French operator that announced the departure of its CEO earlier this week, is deploying its Twitter stream to make a series of update announcements on its network — covering LTE, HSPA, WiFi and Femtocells.

  • Dave Dyson, CEO of Three UK, has said that Ofcom's current proposals for the auction of LTE spectrum could risk future competition in the mobile market. However, he refused to confirm reports that the operator is considering an imminent legal challenge to Ofcom’s plans to auction LTE spectrum.

    In a speech at a Westminster eForum event this morning, Dyson said that it is essential that Ofcom ensures that Three is given access to 800MHz spectrum. Three fears that it is about to be priced out of chunks of the LTE auction, leaving it at considerable commercial disadvantage.

  • CEO Stephane Richard announces very high speed mobile launch in Marseilles

    Orange has announced that Marseille will be its first pilot city for LTE, with services starting in June 2012. The company will also continue to roll out 42Mbps HSPA+, and said it has now achieved 50% population coverage for HSPA+ since it began rollout in November 2011.

  • GCF and GSA figures show growth in LTE device launches, but in what bands?

    Two things have put LTE spectrum band support in devices in the news recently. Most obvious was the new iPad which was released with LTE support, but only as an option in certain frequency bands — and not at all in the European LTE bands at 800MHz and 2.6GHz. It seemed to come as a shock to many in the non-tech (and even some in the tech) press that LTE support doesn't always mean LTE support.

  • Everything Everywhere gets initial go-ahead for 1800MHz LTE

    UK regulator Ofcom has said it will allow Everything Everywhere to reuse its 1800MHz spectrum for LTE services this year, following an application made earlier this year by the operator to extend its existing license for the spectrum to LTE.

    Everything Everywhere plans to have commercial services operating in the 1800MHz frequency before the end of this year, although service will be limited to laptop/notebook dongles and USB devices.

  • Radisys' Ray Adensamer outlines how the company's MPX-12000, its Multimedia Resource Function, will enable operators to monetise mobile video by offering differentiated and personalised real-time mobile video services.