Alcatel-Lucent News In Review - April 2015

This month’s edition of Alcatel-Lucent’s News In Review includes details of a recent celebration of Nobel Prize winners at Bell Labs, a recap of the joint announcement by Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia, and the latest company technology announcements.

April 29, 2015

Ribbon cutting

Bell Labs President Marcus Weldon (left), New Jersey Lt. Gov Kim Guadagno, Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes, U.S. Rep Leonard Lance and other dignitaries cut ribbon to open Bell Labs Laureate Garden. April 8, 2015.

BELL LABS CELEBRATES ITS NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS

During a day-long celebration on April 8, Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs celebrated the past, present and future of its headquarters in New Jersey. The Murray Hill location, just outside of New York City, is home to a sizeable number of Bell Labs’ current generation of researchers, exploring the future of connectivity and communications in the era defined by the digitization of everything and everyone.

Bell Labs’ work around the world today is preceded by more than 90 years of history, during which the world-renown research organization has been responsible for countless game-changing innovations, as well as projects that have lead to no less than eight Nobel Prizes.

Combining with the latest Bell Labs Future X Day – a showcase of new technologies in development that are expected to have notable impact on the world in the medium-term – the Nobel celebration included the dedication of The Bell Labs Nobel Laureate Garden. This is a reflective space within the Bell Labs Murray Hill campus celebrating the extraordinary contributions of the 13 scientific minds who have shared eight Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry, including Bell Labs’ most recent Nobel Laureate, Eric Betzig, who received his Nobel Prize in 2014 for his transformative work on molecular and biological imaging.

For a personal account of the event, read the following blog by Alcatel-Lucent’s Wendy Zajack: Bell Labs: A circle of innovation.

NOKIA AND ALCATEL-LUCENT

On April 15, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent announced their intention to combine to create an innovation leader in next generation technology and services for an IP connected world. The two companies have entered into a memorandum of understanding under which Nokia will make an offer for all of the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent, through a public exchange offer in France and in the United States, on the basis of 0.55 of a new Nokia share for every Alcatel-Lucent share.

With more than 40,000 R&D employees and a total R&D spend of EUR 4.7 billion in 2014, the combined company would be in a position to accelerate the development of key future communications technologies including 5G, IP and software-defined networking, cloud, analytics as well as sensors and imaging. 

THE LATEST ALCATEL-LUCENT INNOVATIONS TO ENHANCE CONSUMER CONNECTIVITY AND THE EFFICIENCY OF OPERATORS AND ENTERPRISES

Alcatel-Lucent has launched two products that will allow operators to simplify the delivery of gigabit-speed ultra-broadband access to and throughout connected homes. The 7368 Intelligent Service Access Manager optical network terminal is a home network hub that provides 1 Gbps of bandwidth and greater signal strength to deliver better connectivity throughout the house. The second addition to Alcatel-Lucent’s fiber-to-the-home portfolio is an innovation that will allow operators to connect customers more quickly and easily. ONT Easy Start is an online activation feature that combines Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive™ family of customer experience management technologies with its expertise in services expertise to allow consumers to activate their new FTTH services via a web portal, benefitting both them and their communications provider.

Alcatel-Lucent has also launched Rapport™, an open, software-based, platform that gives large enterprises and service providers a new and more flexible way to deliver communications and collaboration services.

Rapport enables the communications network to become a flexible platform for innovation, enabling the creation of new ‘contextual communications’, where fundamental services such as voice, chat, video conferencing and sharing become functions available to any application, website or connected object.

Rapport has been designed for large enterprises and small service providers. For the enterprise, it will run in a private cloud environment and leverages HP’s industry-leading converged infrastructure platform, which is highly optimized for scalable workloads. In the service provider environment, Rapport works with any NFV platform and can be packaged with Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand NFV Platform to flexibly combine virtualized network functions to quickly create new services. Rapport provides developers with access to open application programming interfaces and simple software development kits. It also supports a growing ecosystem of technology providers, including CounterPath, for multi-device softclients and SDKs. 

Alcatel-Lucent has this month also introduced a breakthrough in optical routing technology that will provide network operators with the flexibility and agility to deploy new transport networks. The technology, scalable wavelength routing, will help remove many of the limitations currently facing operators as they seek to manage both capacity demands and the need for speed and efficiency.

In particular, the technology – which will be first deployed by Verizon in North America on its ultra-long-haul optical network – will allow service providers to quickly adjust wavelength connections, automate tasks on a wide scale, and identify and route around faults in fiber infrastructure – all vital capabilities necessary to deploy scalable agile optical networks.

NEWS IN BRIEF

Accenture and Alcatel-Lucent helping Telefonica enhance experience for consumers in Europe and Latin America (read the press release)

Alcatel-Lucent to help China Telecom expand LTE ultra-broadband services (read the press release)

Alcatel-Lucent content delivery network technology selected by Wind to support its launch of premium video and TV services in Italy (read the press release)

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ALCATEL-LUCENT CORPORATE BLOG

Alcatel-Lucent surpasses 300 million DSL ports in its drive to connect the world – in this blog post, Erik M. Keith, Principal Analyst, Fixed Access and Video at Current Analysis, reflects on Alcatel-Lucent’s important and impressive milestone of 300 million total DSL port shipments.

LTE for mining: delivering ultra broadband in the middle of nowhere – in this blog post, Thierry Sens, Marketing Director of Alcatel-Lucent’s Transportation Segment tells how the booming mining industry needs reliable and effective communications networks in very remote areas.

10 trends that will shape future applications –in this blog post Strategic Marketing manager Marc Jadoul reflects on current trends that will shape future applications and consequently will set requirements for tomorrow’s ultra-broadband networks.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR TECHNOLOGY BLOG, TECHZINE

Align 200G optical network capacity with demand – in this post, Earl Kenned, IP Transport Product Marketing for Alcatel-Lucent discusses how operators can mitigate risk and maximize reward with scalable, agile and SDN-ready 200G optical networks that can quickly increase capacity to meet demand.

Differentiate your SMB services with big data –in this post, Gilbert Marciano, Strategic Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent, discusses how big data presents an opportunity for multiservice operators.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Q1 2015 Financial Results: May 7

Annual General Meeting: May 26, 2015

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