Alcatel-Lucent has launched a global multi-vendor technologyalliance designed to foster development of device, applications and content for4G and LTE services.
“As we move into the next phase of the evolution ofbroadband networks it is critical that a broad spectrum of companies cometogether in a strong ecosystem that can effectively innovate, remove businessand technical barriers and define new business models to accelerate massadoption of new services and devices,” said Alcatel-Lucent chief marketingofficer Tim Krause.
The programme will investigate the plausibility of severalpotential applications resulting from the planned ecosystem, including thedevelopment of broadband-enabled cars, effectively turning the average motorinto an edge-enabled device that could, for example, download software updatesto its sat-nav system on the go.
Meanwhile, Alcatel-Lucent’s services head Andy Williams hastold reporters that the firm is expecting its services business to ramp up thisyear, predicting cash-strapped operators will start outsourcing their networkmanagement functions.
Speaking to CNN, Williams said that many operators foundthemselves in a dilemma, wanting to scale back their network spend but anxious notto ignore the move to IP-based next-generation networks in case they lost outto competitors.