Monday, February 25, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent looks to the future at MWC 2013

Daryl Schoolar, network infrastructure analyst, Ovum

SPAIN: Sunday night's Alcatel-Lucent analyst event was short on new product announcements but long on the promise of an improved company performance in the future.

Much of the opening segment of the event was focused on the company's financial results. It was very honest in placing some of the blame for its current situation on its past struggles in meeting changes within the optical and mobile broadband markets.

Thereafter, like most vendors at the show this year, Alcatel-Lucent spent time discussing its network analytic wears, although on Sunday there were no new announcements in this area.

A highlight of the event came at the end with a demo of eMBMS.  The demo showed context-aware applications with the network pushing out applications specific to the end user's location. It is still a few years away, but showed a promising application for video over LTE.

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