Huawei has hinted that it might be interested in buying Nokia, according to a report in the Financial Times (subscription required). Speaking at the launch of the Ascend P6 smartphone, Chairman Richard Yu said: "We are considering these sorts of acquisitions; maybe the combination has some synergies but depends on the willingness of Nokia. We are open-minded." He went on, however, to dismiss Nokia's preferred operating system, Windows Phone, as "weak." And later, a senior Huawei spokesman denied that Huawei was planning to buy the Finnish giant, reported Reuters.
Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes has unveiled the vendor's Shift Plan, which will see the company focus on IP networking and high-speed broadband products. But while that sounds like a tight focus, it actually incorporates the majority of what AlcaLu does today: The main shift is towards profitability, which investors are clearly happy about as AlcaLu's share price increased by almost 6 percent to €1.50 in morning trading on the Paris exchange. (See Alcatel-Lucent Unveils Shift Plan.)