Telecom Lead Asia: Alcatel-Lucent is looking to mobile
markets in the U.S., Latin America and Asia for growth.
Phone companies in the U.K., Germany, Italy and France are reluctant
to invest as much as their counterparts in the U.S. and Asia in faster
mobile-phone and fixed-line networks because of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis
and regulatory decisions, Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen told Bloomberg.
Alcatel-Lucent CEO said Europe’s phone companies risk
turning the region into a digital desert by shying away from investing in
networks, widening the gap with the U.S.
Alcatel-Lucent is already betting big on Chinese market.
However, its performance in India is not up to the mark. The company did not
make any headway in the growing TD LTE market. Ericsson, Huawei, ZTE and Nokia
Siemens Networks won the recent 4G LTE deals. However, Ericsson’s contract with
Augere is in trouble as the company is looking at exiting from Indian LTE
Alcatel-Lucent needs to focus on Europe as about 30 percent
of Alcatel- Lucent’s revenue came from Europe last year, while the U.S.
accounted for 36 percent of sales and most of Asia for the rest.
Alcatel-Lucent to power 100 million euro FTTH project for China Telecom
Alcatel-Lucent on Tuesday announced a 100 million-euro
contract ($125 million) with China Telecom to build a fiber-optics wireline
NTT DOCOMO selects Alcatel-Lucent to build IP network supporting LTE
NTT DOCOMO has selected Alcatel-Lucent to build NTT DOCOMO’s
Internet protocol (IP) network supporting its LTE services.
Alcatel-Lucent provides analytics solution to New Zealand ISP Orcon
Orcon, an Internet service provider in New Zealand, has
selected the AppGlide Online Video Analytics solution from Alcatel-Lucent.
According to Bloomberg, most European operators are seeing
profits stagnate or decline in their home markets because of competition and
mounting investment needs. They’re complaining about unfair treatment from U.S.
technology companies such as Apple and Google whose bandwidth-hungry video
services have supplanted phone companies’ own online offerings.
Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao said in February that
regulators should stop having this continuous intervention on prices to allow
companies to invest in new technology.
France Telecom will lose about 1 billion euros of revenue in
2012 as a result of a very heavy burden coming from regulation and tax policies
including roaming rules, CEO Stephane Richard said this year.
America Movil selected Alcatel-Lucent in February as one of
its suppliers to upgrade its wireless network in Latin America to 4G.
Telefonica plans to bid for airwaves in Brazil and Chile
this year for building faster networks as it prepares for a boom in demand for
mobile data in Latin America.