Wi-Fi and LTE. The two wireless technologies haven't always gotten along with each other. Wi-Fi has an open architecture using unlicensed spectrum, so just about anyone can set up a hotspot with limited range. LTE has its roots in cellular technology, which means closed networks, run by the major telecom carriers, that span the country.
Digium announced the official launch of “Respoke” on their blog today, offering a cloud platform designed to enable communications for web and mobile applications. Respoke provides an API so developers can add live voice, video, messaging, and data services as to other applications; the platform is intended to allow communications feature development in a matter of days.
GENBAND announced that it has joined the Alcatel-Lucent CloudBand Ecosystem Programin a partnership designed to accelerate market development for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). As a program member, GENBAND will access Alcatel-Lucent’s NFV lab in an effort to integrate key components of its NFV applications and solutions portfolio with Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand NFV Platform.
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has added to its unified communications portfolio with its OpenTouch Suite for SMB, targeting the small- and medium-sized business. New features include simplified SIP support, BYOD solutions, and a flexible cloud approach.
Alcatel-Lucent’s Nuage Networks SDN venture has broadened its product line to tackle enterprise WANs, an increasingly vital market for the technology. Nuage’s Virtualized Networks Services (VNS) product is designed to help enterprises simplify the provisioning of secure network services to remote locations. It is intended to extend policy-driven network automation to branch locations to speed the deployment of new sites, and reduce operational expenditures.
Alcatel-Lucent has closed the sale of its IP telephony and Ethernet switching equipment activities to China Huaxin. The spun off company will struggle to compete with the likes of Microsoft and Cisco Systems, and will have to make acquisitions of its own to grow.
Both product segments are highly competitive and going through big changes thanks to the growing popularity of smartphones and technologies such as software-defined networking and cloud-based communication services.
Alcatel-Lucent and JCDecaux have joined forces on small cells. To make it easier for higher mobile broadband speeds using small cells, Alcatel-Lucent has joined forces with outdoor advertising company JCDecaux on the development of connected ad panels.
Alcatel-Lucent's revenue remained flat during Q1-2014, although the company made a smaller loss than a year earlier.
Sales for Q1-2014 totalled €3.1 billion (US$4.29 billion as of March 31, the last day of the period reported), down 0.5 percent year on year. The company made a net loss of €101 million, an improvement on the year-earlier loss of €353 million.