Further success for lightRadio as it underpins Alcatel-Lucent’s position as a “business whose innovations force other businesses to alter their strategic course”, according to influential annual listing
Paris — March 14, 2012 — lightRadio™, the ground-breaking wireless networking technology from Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has helped the company into the 2012 TR50 – the annual list of the world’s most innovative technology companies published by Technology Review, the independent media company owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio architecture is at the heart of a family of low power-consuming wireless networking products enabling operators to cost effectively meet the increasing demands for data capacity created by the switch from voice to video communications and the popularity of smartphones and tablet devices.
lightRadio leverages Bell Labs innovations, breaking down traditional mobile network product architecture into component elements. These elements can be sited virtually anywhere in the network where it makes sense to do so, in terms of saving cost and power, while creating the flexibility to grow and shrink capacity to meet customer demand for mobile broadband.
TR50 members are nominated by Technology Review’s editors, who look for companies that over the last year have demonstrated original and valuable technology, are bringing that technology to market at a significant scale, and are clearly influencing their competitors. Spanning energy, computing, the Web, biomedicine, and materials, the companies on the list represent commercial innovations most likely to change lives around the world.
Commenting on Alcatel-Lucent’s inclusion in the 2012 TR50, Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher of Technology Review, said: “Our endlessly growing appetite for mobile data is threatening to overwhelm traditional cell phone systems. Alcatel-Lucent’s easily upgradable lightRadio architecture puts the company at the forefront of keeping up with that appetite.”
Marcus Weldon, Chief Technology Officer for Alcatel-Lucent, said: “With new mobile devices, new applications and ever-growing and changing customer demands, the wireless networks in use today have to evolve. Rather than take an incremental approach to meet these challenges, Bell Labs took a leap and developed a radically new approach to wireless technology.”
“lightRadio takes advantage of the latest technological breakthroughs and applications existing today,” adds Weldon. “ We recently demonstrated lightRadio under real-world conditions with one of the world’s leading communications service providers at the wireless industry’s biggest annual event, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We look forward to seeing these visionary technologies evolve further with the needs of our customers and the intensity of the mobile landscape.”
Alcatel-Lucent and the other companies included in the 2012 TR50 will be featured in the March/April edition of Technology Review and is posted on the Web at www.technologyreview.com/tr50.
Listen to a podcast about Alcatel-Lucent’s selection to the 2012 TR50 featuring CTO Marcus Weldon.
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