Alcatel-Lucent opens first-of-its-kind network center in Tokyo
New Customer Network Center is dedicated facility giving Alcatel-Lucent customers hands-on experience with advanced technologies to create new services and virtualized network functions
Paris, France and Tokyo, Japan, October 09, 2014 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has today opened an innovative facility in Tokyo designed to give service providers and enterprise customers hands-on experience in the co-creation of new ultra-broadband and cloud-based services and applications.
The Alcatel-Lucent Customer Network Center (CNC) is a first-of-its-kind in Japan – one of the world’smostadvancedtelecommunicationsmarkets – and has been created to make networking trends, mostnotably the trend towardscloud-based networking, tangible for customers. In the CNC, Alcatel-Lucent customerscanparticipate in interactive demonstrations and co-creationopportunitiesthat lead to the creation of new business models.
Among the platforms in the center are Alcatel-Lucent’sCloudBandTM NFV technology and Nuage Networks, Alcatel-Lucent’s ‘in-house start-up’ venture focused on SDN solutions thatappliesadvancedlevels of programmability and automation to the cloud-optimized network.
Commenting on the opening, Nicolas Bouverot, President, Alcatel-Lucent Japansaid: “The mission of the Japan Customer Network Center is to support in an extremely collaborative manner and developconcretecustomerprojectsinvolving solutions thatcanberolled out using the latest innovations and cloud networks. Customerswillbe able to ask all the questions necessary to gain understanding at each of the four stages of decisionmaking from earlycustomer engagement, to requirementspecification, through Proof of Concept, and finally, preparation for production release. The CNC brings ultra-broadband communications, the cloud, and the customertogether.”
Other Key Facts:
- The Customer Network Center in Tokyo will extend Alcatel-Lucent’s Central NFV Competency Center in Naperville, near Chicago in the United States, providing remote access via the cloud in Tokyo. This will allow for demos and interoperability testing of virtualized solutions over the CloudBand NFV platform to support Alcatel-Lucent’s Japan NFV/Network Transformation initiative which is already under way in Japan.
- With 51 million LTE subscribers, Japan represents the world’s second largest market for LTE growth after the United States (source: Japan Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, June 2014).
- Japan has been a pioneer in ultra-broadband access, mobile and cloud technologies and services, and has a history of fostering ecosystems that allows the highly innovative collaboration.
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