Alcatel-Lucent has launched a global multi-vendor technology alliance designed to foster development of device, applications and content for 4G and LTE services.
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“As we move into the next phase of the evolution of broadband networks it is critical that a broad spectrum of companies come together in a strong ecosystem that can effectively innovate, remove business and technical barriers and define new business models to accelerate mass adoption of new services and devices,” said Alcatel-Lucent chief marketing officer Tim Krause.
The programme will investigate the plausibility of several potential applications resulting from the planned ecosystem, including the development of broadband-enabled cars, effectively turning the average motor into an edge-enabled device that could, for example, download software updates to its sat-nav system on the go.
Meanwhile, Alcatel-Lucent’s services head Andy Williams has told reporters that the firm is expecting its services business to ramp up this year, predicting cash-strapped operators will start outsourcing their network management functions.
Speaking to CNN, Williams said that many operators found themselves in a dilemma, wanting to scale back their network spend but anxious not to ignore the move to IP-based next-generation networks in case they lost out to competitors.