Alcatel-Lucent (NASDAQ: ALU) and China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers, announced a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) pertaining to the development of Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio architecture.
This new Bell Labs-pioneered architecture, introduced earlier this year, breaks down a base station into its component elements and then distributes them into both the antenna and throughout a cloud-like network. In addition, antennas serving 2G, 3G, and LTE systems are combined and shrunken into a single multi-frequency, multi-standard wideband active array antenna that can be mounted on poles, sides of buildings or anywhere else there is power and a broadband connection.
Specifically, the two companies will look to evolve mobile network architectures that leverage and integrate China Mobile's Cloud-RAN and Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio and advanced antenna technology. The two will also look to network virtualization and develop technologies and approaches for alternative energy use.
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