Alcatel-Lucent forms 4G alliance

Alcatel-Lucent has launched a global multi-vendor technology alliance designed to foster development of device, applications and content for 4G and LTE services. Launched at this week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) event and dubbed NG Connect, the alliance will bring together big-name vendors.

Alcatel-Lucent has launched a global multi-vendor technology alliance designed to foster development of device, applications and content for 4G and LTE services.

Launched at this week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) event and dubbed NG Connect, the alliance will bring together big-name vendors including HP and Samsung and some lesser known niche players.

“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.

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