18 Jul 2014

Bell Labs opens antenna centre in Cambridge, UK

Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs has opened a new ‘antenna’ office in Cambridge, UK, led by Bo Olofsson.

From this base Olofsson will head global research into real-time delivery of video to all types of connected devices, such as smartphones, games consoles, tablets, Smart TVs, and more across Bell Labs.

This is the second Bell Labs antenna office and follows the opening of the Israel Bell Labs cloud research facility in May. A third location will be announced later this year.

According to the organisation, smaller, highly-specialized locations foster a more nimble ‘start-up’ like environment to allow researchers to actively engage with Alcatel-Lucent’s businesses, other Bell Labs researchers and external stakeholders such as enterprises, universities and other research organizations.

Research at the Cambridge location will centre upon the evolution of video and real time cloud content delivery.

Video currently accounts for approximately 75% of a mobile service provider’s network traffic. This is expected to increase as consumer appetite changes and demand for video over any device grows even further, driving the need for networks to evolve.

In addition, with the rise in user generated content - from tablets, smartphones, video cameras and machines - which needs to be uploaded, stored, managed and delivered in real time, the scale and scope of video-centric networking will increase even further. This makes it essential to develop innovative solutions that help design the “video centric” networks of tomorrow.

The Bell Labs team will be co-located with the headquarters of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Video business, which has grown significantly following the acquisition of Cambridge based Velocix in 2009.

The Cambridge antenna will be led by Bo Olofsson, who, in his previous role as director for the product research group at British Sky Broadcasting, was responsible for research and experimentation of emerging media technologies and their potential future application and implications for Sky.

Prior to this Olofsson was Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Getty images and has also held positions at IBM, Apple and Dell. He has a Master of Science Computer Science degree from Uppsala University in Sweden.

Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs & CTO Alcatel-Lucent said: “Work at the Bell Labs location in Cambridge will focus on one of the big problems that is facing the industry today. The massive growth in the generation and demand for video-centric content is creating one of the biggest issues for our customers as they evolve their networks. Bo Olofsson’s team will work closely with the IP Video team to solve these issues with solutions that optimize video-centric delivery and network capabilities that ensure high quality even as demand explodes.”

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