lightRadio Connects the WorldBy Alcatel-lucent, PRNE
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
PARIS, MIAMI and MURRAY HILL, New Jersey, June 8, 2011 -
- Inaugural Transatlantic lightRadio Call Signals Next-generation Mobile
The world's first long-distance, high-quality mobile
video-call using lightRadio(TM) - a breakthrough system pioneered by
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) to transform the economics and
efficiency of mobile telephony - has successfully taken place from the
historic desk of Alexander Graham Bell.
Industry executives, technology leaders and analysts witnessed
the inaugural lightRadio video call made from the headquarters of Bell Labs,
the innovation engine of Alcatel-Lucent and now home to Graham Bell's desk,
from which he made the first-ever long-distance phone call.
Chris Lewis, Group Vice President of industry analysts IDC,
hosted the call from Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, connecting with
Ben Verwaayen, Chief Executive of Alcatel-Lucent in Paris, and delegates at a
business conference in Miami.
lightRadio is the name of a family of technologies which are
set to transform mobile communications, improving the quality of network
services for consumers while dramatically reducing the size, carbon footprint
and energy consumption of mobile base stations.
After participating in the call, Ben Verwaayen, said: "We have
taken lightRadio from the drawing-board to a fully working system, creating
an entirely new system to connect customers around the world."
The launch of lightRadio will help address exploding demand
for mobile broadband services and increasing global consumption of wireless
content. This has been fuelled by the adoption of smartphones and the
popularity of video applications, social networking and mobile gaming
services - all requiring wireless service providers to provide greater speed
and capacity everywhere.
Network operators such as France Telecom/Orange, Telefonica
and China Mobile are now engaged with Alcatel-Lucent in co-creating the
market implementation of lightRadio. The system is expected to deliver
significant operational savings for carriers and infrastructure owners by
marking an end to the existing system of complex base stations and large cell
This week's inaugural call demonstrates lightRadio's ability
to handle high levels of data, meeting demand from customers increasingly
using mobile video on Internet-networks. Among breakthroughs promised by the
system, it will reduce mobile network energy consumption by 50% - compared
with current equipment; enable roll-out of mobile broadband services to new
markets using sustainable-power sources; and deliver major savings for
Alcatel-Lucent predicts that lightRadio will help cut the cost
of mobile infrastructure site, energy consumption, operations and
maintenance. Bell Labs estimates that the total cost of ownership of mobile
networks, the sum spent by mobile operators on access systems, reached 150
billion Euros in 2010.
More information about Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio portfolio can found
online at www.alcatel-lucent.com/lightradio.
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About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)
The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises,
strategic industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a
leader in mobile, fixed, IP and optics technologies, and a pioneer in
applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the
world's foremost centres of research and innovation in communications
With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most
experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is
a local partner with global reach.
The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and
is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.
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