Tuesday, April 19, 2011

China Mobile Signs MoU with Alcatel-Lucent for LightRadio

China Mobile has signed a memorandum of understanding with Alcatel-Lucent to pursue pioneering developments in next generation mobile communications. The pact include Alcatel-Lucent's recently announced "lightRadio" architecture. Specifically, under the framework the companies will 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.

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."

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.http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

  • Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio represents a new architecture where the base station, typically located at the base of each cell site tower, is broken into its components elements and distributed through the antenna or the network for cloud-like processing. Additionally the various cell site tower antennas are combined and shrunk into a single small powerful, Bell Labs-pioneered multi frequency, multi standard (2G, 3G, LTE) device that can be mounted on poles, sides of buildings or anywhere else there is power and a broadband connection.

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