Alcatel-Lucent News In Review - July 2015

This month’s Alcatel-Lucent News In Review includes details of an SDN technology deployment in China; a survey revealing smartphone users preferences for services over LTE and WiFi, the latest undersea cable innovations, a live field trial of a virtualized radio access network in China and an agreement to explore implementation of NFV technology with Telefónica.

Paris, France, July 27, 2015

CHINA MOBILE DEPLOYS NUAGE NETWORKS SDN TECHNOLOGY FOR PRIVATE CLOUD ARCHITECTURE


China Mobile (Suzhou) Software Technology Company Limited has deployed the Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) of Nuage Networks - Alcatel-Lucent’s software-defined networking venture - in its Development and Operations (DevOps) private cloud architecture.

This new in-house network provides a more powerful and sophisticated platform for China Mobile developers to experiment with cloud applications for internal use and, eventually, for their public cloud customers.

Nuage Networks’ momentum with cloud providers, large enterprises and service providers remains strong, with steady progress in deployments and a stream of successful trials, bringing the number of commercial wins to date for Nuage technologies to 25 customers with more than 85 trials completed worldwide.

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RESEARCH REVEALS CONSUMER EXPECTATIONS FOR NEW MOBILE SERVICES AND THE IMPACT OF THE INTERNET OF THINGS

A survey by Alcatel-Lucent of 5,500 smartphone users in the United States, the UK, Brazil and Japan, has revealed new insights into how consumers view their wireless services, as well as generating recommendations for how service providers can drive new revenues based on service preferences, expectations and the willingness to pay for them.  

The research revealed that consumers are increasingly looking to service providers to offer them high-definition voice and video calling services over LTE and Wi-Fi®. The study also identified how new technologies such as wearables, connected homes and cars, and the Internet of Things will change how smartphone owners use wireless services and are likely to interact with mobile devices in the future.

The research and recommendations will be published in seven reports to be published by Alcatel-Lucent every two weeks until the end of October 2015. More details about the research can be found on the Alcatel-Lucent website.  

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INNOVATION IN UNDERSEA CABLE SYSTEMS TO KEEP UP WITH CAPACITY, SPEED AND REACH

With 99% of the information exchanged around the world is transported today over submarine cable networks, innovation is key to ensure these networks can keep pace in terms of capacity, speed and reach. Traditional undersea cable architectures are evolving to address the exponential growth of traffic and data storage requirements. Data flows between datacenters are growing rapidly as content providers meet the demand for content steaming and distribution, commerce, search, gaming or sharing.
Alcatel-Lucent’s undersea cables subsidiary, Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), is continuously innovating to ensure that the subsea networks it installs and maintains are able to meet global demand for data, and this month announced two data speed and capacity breakthroughs:

  • Apollo and ASN successfully demonstrated a capacity of 8 terabits-per-second (Tbit/s) of data per fiber pair – equivalent to approximately 1.25 million HDTV channels simultaneously streamed - on the Apollo South system, which connects France to the United States. This achieves a new transmission record for capacity upgrade over more than 6,500 km on a transatlantic system. Read more
  • ASN achieved a breakthrough record of data transmission over a distance of 10,000 kilometers using real-time processing prototypes of a unique cost-effective 300 gigabits-per-second 8QAM new modulation technology that will optimize the performance of submarine cable systems.  Read more

These records come hot on the heels of a record announced in May, in which ASN established a transmission record distance of 610km for unrepeatered submarine systems achieved in the ASN laboratories. ASN transmitted a 100 Gbit/s signal capacity using advanced modulation scheme, Raman amplification and remote Erbium Doped Fiber Amplification.

Further details of ASN's recent innovations can be found in a blog post by Olivier Gautheron, ASN Chief Technology Officer entitled Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks brings us more capacity and speed than ever before.

THE LATEST INNOVATIONS FROM ALCATEL-LUCENT

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile conduct industry-first ‘live’ field trial of a virtualized radio access network

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile have conducted the industry’s first field trial of a virtualized radio access network-based architecture based on NFV (network functions virtualization) technology.

The trial – carried out at Beijing’s Tisinghua University in the first half of 2015 - demonstrated the flexibility, scalability, cost and energy-efficiency of Alcatel-Lucent’s vRAN and NFV technologies for meeting dynamically changing demands for access caused by an ever-increasing number of applications and devices, people and machines. This is also an important step in the path towards 5G networks.

In the trial Alcatel-Lucent’s vRAN technology was deployed throughout the 442 hectares of Beijing’s Tisinghua University campus, one of the leading universities in China with approximately 57,000 students and teachers.

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Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica explore implementation of NFV to accelerate the transformation of networks

Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica have signed a memorandum of understanding under which the companies will test NFV technologies as part of the operator’s strategy to evolve its networking infrastructure. The work will focus on enhancing network performance and efficiencies to support ever-growing demand for flexible connectivity.

Telefónica has already tested Alcatel-Lucent’s Virtualized Service Router in its NFV Reference Lab using the OpenMANO NFV orchestration stack. The results delivered were outstanding, reaching 100% line-rate performance which allowed data to be transported with zero losses. The companies will continue testing other elements of Alcatel-Lucent’s NFV portfolio in the coming months.

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NEWS IN BRIEF


Alcatel-Lucent to advance China Mobile and China Unicom’s move to the cloud with ultra-broadband access, IP networking and NFV technology (press release)

Alcatel-Lucent and Vodafone conduct first TWDM-PON technology field trial in Europe to deliver super-fast broadband speeds to customers (press release)

Leading companies and research organizations join forces in FANTASTIC-5G research project to speed development of a flexible air interface below 6 GHz for 5G networks (press release)

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ALCATEL-LUCENT CORPORATE BLOG


Combining the innovation capacity of startups and large companies - CEO Michel Combes reflects on the complementary nature of innovation in startups and large companies.

The Future of Bank Branches - Marketing Manager Fai Lam asks if bank branches will become a thing of the past as the banking industry adopts digital banking.

Mobile connectivity: Revolutionizing the health sector and access to care - Florence Gaudry Perkins of Alcatel-Lucent's Americas Public Affairs organization explains how the mobile revolution holds amazing promise for health applications.   

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR TECHNOLOGY BLOG, TECHZINE

Benefit from a virtualized residential gateway - Rudy Hoebeke of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Routing business explains how a residential gateway gives operators fresh options to re-energize their home service offerings.

TWDM technology moves ahead: XG-PON1 is out – fixed access marketing manager Ana Pesovic reveals that when it comes to next-generation PON technology, XG-PON1 is out of the race because TWDM offers both technology and market advantages.
 

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