Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs has opened a new ‘antenna’ office in Cambridge, UK, second of its kind after its opens the Israel Bell Labs cloud research facility in May. The France-based telco systems provider said that a third location will be announced later this year. The new research facility that is co-located with Alcatel-Lucent IP Video business to concentrate on video-centric networking innovation will focus on real-time delivery of video to all types of connected devices, such as smartphones, games consoles, tablets and Smart TVs. The company has expanded it operations in the video delivery segment by acquiring Cambridge based Velocix in 2009. The Cambridge 'antenna' office will be led by Bo Olofsson, who was previously the director for the product research group at British Sky Broadcasting and Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Getty images.
According to Alcatel-Lucent, research at the Cambridge location will center upon the evolution of video and real time cloud content delivery. Video currently accounts for approximately 75% of a mobile service provider’s network traffic and is expected to increase as consumer appetite changes and demand for video over any device grows even further, driving the need for networks to evolve, added Alcatel-Lucent.
Bo Olofsson, head of Bell Labs Global Video Research and the Cambridge Bell Labs Antenna Location
As consumer and enterprise user behaviour evolves and appetite to produce and consume video continues to grow it is placing huge demands on the network and forcing a need for change – coming from a provider I have first hand experience of these challenges – and we are going to research new ways to support that demand. I’m very excited about the opportunities and challenges ahead, as I lead this research at the new Bell Labs facility.
Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs & CTO Alcatel-Lucent
Work at the Bell Labs location in Cambridge will focus on one of the big problems that is facing the industry today. The massive growth in the generation and demand for video-centric content is creating one of the biggest issues for our customers as they evolve their networks. Bo Olofsson’s team will work closely with the IP Video team to solve these issues with solutions that optimize video-centric delivery and network capabilities that ensure high quality even as demand explodes.
Paul Larbey, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Video Business
The start-up mentality of the Bell Labs antenna fits very well with the ethos of our IP Video business. By creating an environment in which a dedicated team of experienced researchers led by Bo Olofsson can collaborate closely with our IP Video teams, we will be able to accelerate innovation in this space to meet the needs of tomorrow’s networks.
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