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Alcatel-Lucent’s IP routing rises amidst declines in access, IP transport

Alcatel-Lucent reported that IP routing proved to be a stellar revenue performer, rising 2.2 percent in the third quarter to $749 million, while other segments saw notable declines.

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Calix’s Q3 revenues rise to $105.8M

Calix reported that third-quarter 2014 revenue was $105.8 million, up 2.1 percent year-over-year from $103.6 million the same period a year ago.

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Consolidated’s Ethernet revenue gains help ease POTS, LD declines

Consolidated Communications reported that in the third quarter of 2014, Ethernet services were a star performer in its portfolio, rising 14 percent year-over-year, but that was not enough to completely offset the drag of legacy service declines. Commer…

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Ericsson enhances its NFV play with OPNFV certification program

Ericsson is launching an Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV) certification program, a move it says will create an environment to ensure network functions virtualization (NFV) systems and network infrastructure are compatible with…

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CenturyLink employs Alcatel-Lucent to build national common core network

CenturyLink has brought consistency to all of the disparate core networks it acquired in recent years from Embarq, Qwest and Savvis by completing the deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s 7950 XRS core router into its network.

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Counting down the top wireless nightmares

Halloween is upon us and FierceWireless is counting down the top wireless nightmares in its annual feature. From Tim Cook’s worries over China to John Legere’s concerns over Sprint, Phil Goldstein, editor of FierceWireless, takes a look at various scary scenarios that are keeping wireless industry executives awake at night. Read more

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Microsoft begins retreat from Windows Phone with platform-agnostic Microsoft Health

Software giant Microsoft has formally entered the wearables game with the launch of its Microsoft Health platform and accompanying Microsoft Band fitness band. But the real significance behind this move is Microsoft’s decision to make both products platform-agnostic, implying Microsoft has decided to no longer pin its mobile hopes on Windows Phone.

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Lenovo completes Motorola Mobility acquisition

Lenovo has announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, claiming that makes it the 3rd largest smartphone maker in the world. The company said it expects the mobile firm it purchased for a total of $2.91 billion to be profitable within four to six quarters.

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KPN IPTV growth, despite overall revenue decline

Despite the 4.9% fall in revenue revealed by Dutch PSTN operator KPN’s 3Q14 report this week, its IPTV sector displays positive results, showing its IPTV subscriber base to have risen by 18% year-on-year (y-o-y) to over 1.5 million, with triple-play consumers increasing to above 1.3 million, up 13% y-o-y, accounting for around 48% of the operator’s fixed broadband subscriber base.

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CompCom recommends approval of MTN, Afrihost deal

South Africa’s Competition Commission (CompCom) has recommended to the country’s Competition Tribunal the unconditional approval of MTN South Africa’s proposed acquisition of internet service provider (ISP) Afrihost, TechCentral reports. The authority disclosed that no conditions should be imposed on the deal as ‘MTN and Afrihost do not appear to be direct competitors… In both the ADSL and mobile data markets, it is unlikely the merger will give rise to foreclosure effects which are harmful to [small businesses] and residential customers, given the ability of these customers to easily switch mobile data service providers’. *As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2014 it emerged that MTN was in the process of acquiring a 50% (plus one share) stake in Afrihost for an undisclosed sum, while existing shareholders, including the company’s management, would retain the remainder. Afrihost, which entered the broadband market in 2009 and acquired rival ISP Axxess DSL in July 2011, is owned by local businessmen Brendan Armstrong, Gian Visser, Greg Payne, Peter Meintjes and Angus MacRobert. In August 2012 it revealed that it would be transferring both companies’ ADSL services from Internet Solutions’ infrastructure to MTN’s custom-built network, in a move which it said will help them to ‘bring the highest quality, best value products to our clients’. Takeover speculation first emerged in August 2013, although MTN refused to comment on the rumours at that time.

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