By Emeka Aginam, who was in Paris
At the just concluded 2011 Annual Technoloy Symposium organized by Alcatel-Lucent in Paris, France where the company discussed the market, strategy for growth, and showcased a broad range of Bell Labs innovations that will map the future of communications, the hub of discussion had been on how best Light Radio technology can play a key role in wireless broadband networking.
LightRadio is a flexible technology that distributes intelligence throughout the network so that it can dynamically expand to meet growing demands. This is accomplished by creating a new architecture where the base station, typically located at the base of each cell tower, is broken into its component elements and distributed through the network or ‘carrier cloud.’
The new portfolio developed by Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs, according to the company, if deployed by operators will expand network capacity, lower operating costs, reduce energy consumption and bring connectivity to everyone around the world.
In his remarks on the vision of the company, the Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel-Lucent, Ben Verwaayen reminded the audience of pioneering efforts of the company in building critical mass of broadband infrastructure for operators.
According to him, Alcatel will not relent in building robust technology infrastructure to meet the demands of next generation operators. “We have built LightRadio technlogy solution, a breakthrough in mobile and broadband infrastructure that streamlines and radically simplifies mobile networks” he said, adding that Alcatel-Lucent has the capacity to support the needs of operators around the world in the new information age.
On technical capacity of Alcatel-Lucent, President, Network, Philippe Keryer, said that the company’s lightRadio approach is a revolutionary step in evolving traditional telecommunication networks to more heterogeneous networks with higher capacity and lower cost. “Broadband is critical infrastructure. We have the capacity to deliver it” he added.
For Stephen Carter, Chief Marketing, Strategy & Communications Officer of Alcatel-Lucent while giving an overview and market of the company told the participants that Bell Labs is Alcatel-Lucent’s engine of innovation even as it brings vision and technology together to solve the needs of its customers around the world.
“We are very particular about relevant. We provide solutions that are relevant to markets around the world.. We are shaping the future of communications around the world. We are shaping the future with state of the art technology solutions” he said.
While wireless broadband is exploding, and the impact on mobile networks is glaring, the Vice President, Wireless Networks Marketing & Strategy of Alcatel, Jean-Pierre Lartigue in an interview with Vanguard Hi-Tech said with optimism that the company has responded with a breakthrough portfolio called LightRadio.
With many customers around the world already interested in working closely with Alcatel-Lucent to develop this powerful lightRadio technology, he disclosed that Telefonica has joined the lightRadio co-creation program, which Alcatel-Lucent established with key telecom industry players to foster the realization of the vision on the next generation mobile access network based on lightRadio.
“Alcatel-Lucent innovation solutions have come to stay. We will continue to support the global markets .The time to think about the future of the mobile network is now. LightRadio does just that , enabling a purpose-built, wireless broadband network that addresses cost, capacity and connectivity barriers” he said.