PARIS and BEIJING, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris andNYSE: ALU) and China Mobile today announced a wide-ranging joint memorandum of understanding to pursue pioneering developments in next generation mobile communications including further co-development around Alcatel-Lucent's powerful lightRadio technology. The partnership agreement was signed by Romano Valussi, President of Alcatel-Lucent in China, and Bill Huang, president of China Mobile Research Institute in a signing ceremony in Beijing today.
China Mobile is the biggest mobile operator by subscribers in the world. Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in radio access, IP, and optical technologies - all critical elements in mobile networking - thanks to its flagship Bell Labs research arm which invented and continues to invent many of the fundamental networking technologies of today and tomorrow including the much heralded lightRadio cube.
This research collaboration will further extend the close relationship between the two companies, establishing the framework to jointly explore:
- the evolution of mobile network architectures leveraging and integrating China Mobile's Cloud-RAN and Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio and advanced antennas technology;
- explore the evolution of core network structure on the basis of network virtualization; and
- develop technologies and approaches for alternative energy use to achieve green ICT
The MOU is mutually initiated and endorsed by Wang Jianzhou, Chairman of China Mobile and Ben Verwaayen, Alcatel-Lucent CEO.
Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, said: "This vital collaborative agreement will bring together two industry leaders, using joint research, to bring new breakthroughs to market at what we call 'the speed of ideas'."
Wang Jianzhou, Chairman of China Mobile, said: "Co-development with Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs will benefit evolving our network technology to support the next generation of mobile-based applications, experiences, economies, and social networks."
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About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris andNYSE : 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 technology.
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