Ethernet equipment

Euronews: Jan. 25

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) are the usual suspects in today's Euronews lineup.

  • Sweden's Ericsson revealed strong sales growth in its fourth-quarter results, with revenue up 8 percent to SEK 62.8 billion (US$9.6 billion), compared with SEK 58.3 billion ($8.9 billion) in the same period last year. But the gross margin figure spoilt the party somewhat: It stood at 37 percent in the fourth quarter, down from 39 percent sequentially, with the slump attributed to a rash of less profitable projects such as network upgrades and 3G rollouts in India. (See Ericsson Q4 Sales Surge, Margins Shrink , Ericsson Reports Q4, Ericsson Lands Aircel 3G Deal, Ericsson's India Crown Under Threat and Stars Align for Ericsson's Q3.)

  • Gerard Kleisterlee, who is stepping down as chief executive of electronics giant Philips at the end of March, is being tipped as the preferred choice as chairman of Vodafone, according to The Daily Telegraph. Vodafone's current chairman, Sir John Bond, has come under pressure from some shareholders to resign following what were seen as a series of ill-judged acquisitions. (See Euronews: July 28.)

  • Saudi Arabian operator Etihad Etisalat Co. (Mobily) has chosen Ciena to help beef up its mobile backhaul as it faces up to the bandwidth challenge presented by the likes of mobile TV and video-on-demand. Ciena's packet-optical transport platforms and switches, as well as a range of switches from its Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery portfolio, are all on Mobily's shopping list. (See Mobily Picks Ciena for Next-Gen Network.)

  • Russian giant Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) has turned to Alcatel-Lucent's Genesys call-handling product for its contact center in Ulyanovsk, which is the largest such operation in Russia, according to the network technology vendor. (See AlcaLu Wins Contact Center Deal From MTS.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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