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Company Overview of Bell Labs

Company Overview

Bell Labs provides solutions to deliver voice, data, and video communication services to service providers, enterprises, and governments. It focuses on various research areas and projects, including convergence, software and computer science, physical technologies, government research, mathematical and algorithmic sciences, networking and network management, network planning, performance and economic analysis, optical transport networks, security solutions, nanotechnology, and wireless and broadband access networks. The company offers transistors, digital networking and signal processing, lasers and fiber-optic communications systems, communications satellites, cellular telephony, electronic...

600 Mountain Avenue

Murray Hill, NJ 07974-0636

United States

Founded in 1925





Key Executives for Bell Labs

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Bell Labs Key Developments

Bell Labs to Open Third Research Facility in Silicon Valley Focused on Cloud and SDN

Bell Labs is to open a new 'antenna' office in the heart of US technological innovation -- Silicon Valley. A team of Bell Labs researchers will be co-located at Alcatel-Lucent's site in Mountain View and will conduct focused, globally-orientated research aimed at evolving networks to deliver new cloud-based applications and services. In the past networks have been designed only to deliver specific and discreet services like voice and data. In the emerging cloud-based services era, networks have to be designed and optimized for both the delivery of traditional offerings but also for new as-yet-unknown services. SDN will play a critical role in the way networks of the future are built.

Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs Opens Video Research Facility in Cambridge, UK

Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs has opened a new 'antenna' office in Cambridge, UK, led by Bo Olofsson. From this base Bo 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 2014. Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs maintains a leading role in research and innovation with a focus on how networks should evolve based on users' changing behaviors and demands. Research at 'antenna' locations contributes to this overall objective by centering on one major industry issue. These 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 center 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. Focused on delivering specialist integration services and one of the most innovative ranges of video solutions in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent's IP Video business was named leading vendor of CDN equipment by SNL Kagan MRG. The company's IP Video solutions include the Emmy(R) award winning Cloud-DVR, the Velocix CDN and Transparent Caching. 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 Bo 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.

Bell Labs Sets a New Broadband Speed of 10 Gigabits-Per-Second

Bell Labs has set a new broadband speed record of 10 gigabits-per-second (Gbps) using traditional copper telephone lines and a prototype technology that demonstrates how existing copper access networks can be used to deliver 1Gbps symmetrical ultra-broadband access services. Achieving 1 Gbps 'symmetrical' services -- where bandwidth can be split to provide simultaneous upload and download speeds of 1 Gbps -- is a major breakthrough for copper broadband. It will enable operators to provide Internet connection speeds that are indistinguishable from fiber-to-the-home services, a major business benefit in locations where it is not physically, economically or aesthetically viable to lay new fiber cables all the way into residences. Instead, fiber can be brought to the curbside, wall or basement of a building and the existing copper network used for the final few meters. The Bell Labs tests used a prototype technology called XG-FAST. This is an extension of G.fast technology, a new broadband standard currently being finalized by the ITU. When it becomes commercially available in 2015, G.fast will use a frequency range for data transmission of 106 MHz, giving broadband speeds up to 500 Mbps over a distance of 100 meters. In contrast, XG-FAST uses an increased frequency range up to 500 MHz to achieve higher speeds but over shorter distances. Bell Labs achieved 1 Gbps symmetrical over 70 meters on a single copper pair. 10 Gbps was achieved over a distance of 30 meters by using two pairs of lines (a technique known as "bonding").

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