Alcatel-Lucent collaborates with Intel

Alcatel-Lucent announced today that it is expanding its collaboration with Intel to help operators with respect to cloud technologies.

The collabotation wil help operators improve their time to market and operational efficiency, and to drive the creative development of new products and services for consumers and business customers with the use of cloud technologies.

As long-standing partners already working in the virtualization space together, Alcatel-Lucent and Intel are committed to accelerating these joint efforts and strengthening this relationship. Both companies believe these are the key underlying technologies to apply their combined resources and expertise and the ones that will drive a huge leap forward for the industry.

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) appeals especially to mobile service providers now because it allows them to innovate more quickly and easily while providing the best return on their investments in an all-IP network infrastructure such as LTE.

Specifically the expanded collaboration will focus on three areas to accelerate the development of three Alcatel-Lucent platforms optimized on Intel architecture to improve performance and scale: Virtualized Radio Access Networks (RAN) portfolio; cloud platform; and high performance packet processing for advaced IP/MPLS platforms.

“There are billions of devices and machines making up the Internet of Things that will connect to the network in the next few years consuming increasing amounts of bandwidth and network resources. However, the current economics and lack of flexibility in telecom networks is unsustainable,” said Renee James, president, Intel.

“Intel is working with industry leaders such as Alcatel-Lucent to leverage server and virtualization technology in telecom networks, data centers and the cloud, with the goal of reducing costs and making it easier to deploy new services,” added James.

Commenting on the collaboration at a joint media and analyst event in Barcelona, Michel Combes, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent said, “In working together with Intel – a world leader in computing technology – Alcatel-Lucent will continue to be positioned at the forefront of innovation as operators rapidly move to the cloud.”

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