This month’s Alcatel-Lucent News In Review includes details of the latest fixed access innovations showcased at the Broadband World Forum, the first book written in Bell Labs’ history and a project with Deutsche Telekom to deliver the world’s first LTE ground network communicating with planes.
Paris, France, October 30, 2015
Caption: Marcus Weldon CTO and President of Bell Labs at the book launch of The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective.
NEW INNOVATIONS IN FIBER AND COPPER TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASED AT BROADBAND WORLD FORUM
At this year’s Broadband World Forum, Alcatel-Lucent introduced new products in fiber and copper technologies that will help operators meet demand for ultra-broadband access services, as well as achieving the network requirements critical to delivering on the promise of 5G.
The new technologies included:
A new G.fast multi-port micronode that enables operators to bring the power of G.fast to multiple users. G.fast enables the provision of fiber-like Internet speeds in locations where deploying fiber is difficult such as a apartment building or row home. During Broadband World Forum, BT announced that early lab trials conducted with Alcatel Lucent G.fast technology achieved speeds of more than 5 Gigabits per second over copper broadband. Alcatel-Lucent also announced a successful G.fast trial with nbnTM for Australia’s national broadband network. Nbn aims to rollout high-speed broadband access to eight million premises by 2020.
The industry’s first commercially available Vplus products - a DSL technology first introduced by Alcatel-Lucent that allows operators to fill the gap between VDSL2 vectoring and G.fast to provide a quick, simple and cost-effective means of delivering ultra-broadband access at higher speeds over longer distances to more customers.
New TWDM-PON technologies including an optical network unit for home use which supports multi-gigabit services, and enhancements to Alcatel-Lucet’s Fiber-to-the-Home platform which adds switching and uplink capacity critical for large-scale multiple-gigabit deployments. Additional features are available on the Network Management System to simplify the management and provisioning of GPON and TWDM technologies over the same fiber network
BELL LABS LAUNCHES THE FUTURE X NETWORK – THE FIRST BOOK IN ITS 90-YEAR HISTORY
Entitled The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective, the book is the definitive handbook to understanding Network 2020, exploring the key changes that will affect the communications landscape and infrastructure decisions of tomorrow. It was unveiled at an event in London on October 20.
This Bell Labs book – which will be available in digital and hardback formats - will fuel discussions and industry debate about the communications networks of tomorrow, and will further define and expand Alcatel-Lucent and Bell Labs’ thought leadership position. The book was written by Dr. Marcus K. Weldon, the CTO of Alcatel-Lucent and President of Bell Labs, together with his Bell Labs team.
The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective outlines how Bell Labs sees the future unfolding and the key technological breakthroughs needed at both the architectural and systems levels. Each chapter of the book is dedicated to a major area of change and the network and systems innovation required to realize the technological revolution that will be the essential product of this new digital future.
ALCATEL-LUCENT’S LTE TECHNOLOGY DRIVES EUROPEAN AVAIATION NETWORK LAUNCHED BY DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AND INMARSAT
Alcatel-Lucent has signed a contract with Deutsche Telekom to deliver the world’s first LTE ground network to communicate with aircraft in the air, and complements satellite services from Inmarsat, in order to meet rapidly evolving demand for broadband data connectivity on European flights.
The European Aviation Network will consist of an LTE ground network component, provided by Alcatel-Lucent – using its specially adapted radios and IP Mobile Core – combined with a satellite network component.
Deutsche Telekom and Alcatel-Lucent have previously conducted test flights of the LTE-based network and are working with Inmarsat, a leading global satellite communications provider, which will operate LTE in the S-band. Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat have recently announced a strategic partnership for the European Aviation Network to develop and commercially roll-out the network in Europe with a test flight program planned for the hybrid LTE and satellite network in 2017.