TEL AVIV May 20 Alcatel-Lucent
will open a new Bell Labs office near Tel Aviv that
will focus on cloud research, the company said on Tuesday.
Alcatel-Lucent said its customers in both traditional and
new market segments are beginning a massive transformation to
cloud-based network architecture.
The new Bell Labs team will be based in Alcatel-Lucent's
cloud facility in Kfar Saba, near Tel Aviv. The facility is
already focused on helping customers apply network functions
virtualisation. At the centre of this work is
Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand technology that allows operators to
offer secure and reliable cloud services.
Chief Executive Michel Combes said the company's
transformation from telecoms generalist to specialist is helping
it solve challenges for its customers, such as network
"Bell Labs is one of our key innovation engines and
co-locating a new office with our CloudBand start-up in Israel
... will contribute tremendously to Alcatel-Lucent playing a
shaping role in the industry," he said.
More Bell Labs antenna locations will be announced later
this year, each with a focus in an emerging research area, the
(Reporting by Tova Cohen)