Alcatel’s Bell Labs

Alcatel’s Bell Labs Launches Industry Consulting Division

Bell Labs, the indusrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, has launched what it said is a discrete consultancy providing services and techo-economic modelling tools designed to help the IT and communications networking industries.

The firm claimed its experience makes it particularly well positioned to help defining future networking strategies, and said by 2020 the technology industry will have to rethink how networks are built, deployed and managed.

“Our industry is undergoing a transformational shift as we enter a new era, driven by the digitisation and connection of everything and everyone, and build converged networks that [are] capable of handling the diverse and dynamic demand patterns.” 

Said Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs.

According to Bell Labs, in the next five years metro video traffic will increase nine-fold, data centre and cloud will grow metro traffic six-fold, and global mobile content demand will increase traffic by 31 times the current situation.

“For customers this transformation from a physical to a complete digital delivery infrastructure for the future can be a minefield to navigate, in terms of understanding the right economic models, the key technologies, how they work together to create new solution capabilities, and the relative priority they should have in order to optimise the TCO and drive growth and profitability. Our intent is to provide the decision framework, and the set of key innovations and sequencing of adoption that will help ensure they not only survive but prosper well into in the future.”

The company said the consulting division will consist of multi-disciplinary scientists, technologists, modelers and solution and service experts whose technical fields include SDN, NFV, cloud, wireless, fixed acess, optical networking and IP routing.

The outfit will also offer revenue modelling and operations optimisation, and Bell Labs claimed it will have vertical expertise including defence communications, private sector networking, and utilities and rail. To lead the operation, Bell Labs has appointed Cassidy Shield, who previously worked as Alcatel-Lucent’s software business Marketing Head.

Voice over LTE Activity Sends Service Provider VoIP Equipment Market Up 12%

The global service provider voice over IP (VoIP) and IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) equipment market grew 12 percent in 2014, to $4.2 billion, as operators continue to transform their networks to be simpler, more cost effective, and able to offer next gen voice services, chiefly voice over LTE (VoLTE).

In addition to a healthy annual gain, the carrier VoIP and IMS equipment market saw strong quarterly growth, up 21 percent sequentially in 4Q14, to $1.2 billion, with IMS comprising 58 percent of total sales

Market segments posting solid year-over-year growth in 4Q14 include trunk media gateways, session border controllers (SBCs), softswitches, voice application servers, call session control function (CSCF) and media gateway control function (MGCF)

To date, 15 operators in the US, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Romania and Denmark have launched commercial VoLTE services, including AT&T, Verizon, KT, NTT DoCoMo and TDC.

All major geographical regions posted growth in 2014, but CALA (Caribbean and Latin America) was a shining star, notching 42 percent growth over 2013 due to the expansion of fixed-line VoIP networks.

EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) continues to see solid activity as VoLTE-related equipment sales are starting to kick in ahead of 2015 service launches by operators.

Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei

The standout vendor in 4Q14 and for the full-year 2014 is Huawei, which outpaced the carrier VoIP and IMS market, taking 26 percent of worldwide revenue for the year.

All the large network equipment vendors – Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Networks – are benefitting from VoLTE-related activity. Infonetics forecasts the worldwide service provider VoIP and IMS equipment market to grow to $4.6 billion in 2019.

Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent Reports Successful Turnaround in 2014

French Alcatel-Lucent has reported its 4th quarter and full year results showing improved profit margin for 2014 following the infrastructure vendor’s cost-saving plan dubbed the Shift Plan.

Alcatel-Lucent said through its fixed cost savings of €30 million in the final quarter, €16 million net in reinvestments in market segments and channels, as well as accelerated R&D it managed to save €675 million, representing over 70% of the Shift Plan target.

Fourth quarter operating profit (excluding some items) came to €284 million, 7.7% of revenues, and full year operating profit totaled €623 million or 4.7% of revenues.

“Our fourth quarter and full year 2014 results underline the success of our turnaround. Through the execution of The Shift Plan, we have improved our underlying profitability and free cash flow profile while we have solidified the entire organization.”

Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, said.

Regionally, the kit maker’s 4th quarter North American revenues declined 11% year-on-year where the firm said ‘notable’ growth in IP routing (up 15% in Q4) and transport was offset by lower sales from IP platforms and the access business. T

The company also saw IP routing and transport growth in Europe, offset by declines attributed to managed services. Excluding the managed services impact, the vendor reported flat growth of 1% for Q4 compared to the same period in 2013.

Within the core networking segment quarter four revenues came to €1.8 billion, up 1% compared to Q4 in 2013. For the full year, networking revenues came to €5.97 billion, down 2% compared to 2013, apparently due to IP platforms.

Fixed access revenues totaled €1.86 billion in Q4, representing a 3% decrease year-on-year, while full year revenues came to €2.05 billion, down 1%. Wireless access revenues for the last quarter came to €1.2 billion, down 9% year-over-year, and €47 billion for the full year, up 4%.

Looking ahead, the firm said it is on track to achieve its targets for this year.

“Entering 2015, we are in a strong position to capitalize on profitable growth opportunities and will focus on operational excellence and quality of service. The achievements we have made in our product portfolio and operational transformation make us confident we will reach our positive free cash flow target in 2015.”

Alcatel-Lucent hasn’t been achieving very well in profits since its creation in 2006 due to being up against larger rivals Nokia and Ericsson in the mobile sector. While Ericsson also posted declining sales in North America for the last quarter of 2014, Nokia reported gains in the market.

Source: Telecoms.com

OrisTel

OrisTel Appointed as Value-Added Distribution Partner by Alcatel-Lucent for its Comprehensive Portfolio of Ultra-Broadband Access Products

Partnership addresses escalating demands for high-speed data and mobility services across mobile and fixed networks

Alcatel-Lucent and Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) have signed an agreement that announces OrisTel Systems Pte Ltd (OrisTel) as a preferred regional value-add partner for the distribution of ALU’s comprehensive portfolio of ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access products in the Asia Pacific region.

The partnership between both companies seek to address the escalating demands for high-speed data and mobility services across mobile and fixed networks in the region. The agreement includes Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G LTE and 3G wireless access products, as well its ISAM portfolio of high-capacity fiber access and copper access solutions. OrisTel will serve as a distributor to service providers, as well as customers in vertical sectors such as oil and gas, maritime, utility, large enterprises, government and public safety agencies in Asia.

Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) announced today that its telecom systems integration arm, OrisTel Systems Pte Ltd (OrisTel), has signed an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent to be a preferred regional value-add partner for the distribution of its comprehensive portfolio of ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access products in the Asia Pacific region.

“We are confident that by combining the strengths, resources and expertise of Alcatel-Lucent and OrisTel, we will be able to offer best-in-class products and solutions to address the evolving demands across both fixed and mobile networks of the commercial and public sectors in the Asia Pacific region.”

Said GOH Wai Pheng, SVP/General Manager, OrisTel Systems & Deputy President, ST Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems).

OrisTel will leverage the large-scale complex systems integration expertise of ST Electronics together with Alcatel-Lucent’s ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access technologies to deliver leading value added services and products to its extensive customer base in the region. The agreement includes Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G LTE and 3G wireless access products, as well its ISAM portfolio of high-capacity fiber access and copper access solutions. As part of Alcatel-Lucent’s Global Partner Program, OrisTel will serve as a distributor to service providers, as well as customers in vertical sectors such as oil and gas, maritime, utility, large enterprises, government and public safety agencies in the region.

With the new distribution partnership, OrisTel will be able to offer the most comprehensive range of ultra-broadband access and optical networking products in the market to address the expanding complex telecommunication infrastructure needs of its customers.

Etisalat Tests LTE-A Upgrade in Abu Dhabi

UAE based Etisalat says that it has carried out trials of LTE A based services based on hardware supplied by Alcatel Lucent.

The trials were based on carrier aggregation of spectrum in its 1800MHz and 800MHz bands.

Etisalat made the first LTE-A call following regulatory permission to use the technology with 40MHz band carriers. The live demo of an LTE-A call was conducted where Etisalat transferred data across its live network on various sites across Abu Dhabi carrying commercial traffic.

Saeed Al Zarouni, Senior Vice President, Business Planning and Technology Evolution, said,

As part of our network expansion initiative, huge investments have been made into fibre optic networks connecting 4G LTE base stations. Etisalat is currently in the process of introducing additional stations allocated to cover main roads, buildings, airports, and shopping centres. By the end of 2014, the 4G LTE network will comprise of 4000 base stations.”

The mobile network did not indicate when it might deploy LTE-A commercially though.

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