Alcatel-Lucent's (NYSE: ALU) Bell labs is putting more muscle into its IP video business by establishing an "antenna" office in Cambridge, UK, to conduct research on real-time video delivery on various types of connected devices.
A specific focus of the facility will examine the evolution of video and real-time cloud content delivery for both mobile and wireline networks.
The video research facility is the second Bell Labs antenna office and follows the opening of the Israel Bell Labs cloud research facility in May. A third office will open later this year.
Bell Labs' team will be collocated with Alcatel-Lucent's IP Video business headquarters, which has grown significantly since purchasing Cambridge-based Velocix in 2009.
Heading up the antenna facility will be Bo Olofsson, who comes to the company from British Sky Broadcasting, where he served as director for the product research group. Earlier, he was the senior vice president of global sales at Getty images and has held positions at IBM, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Dell.
"As consumer and enterprise user behaviour evolves and appetite to produce and consume video continues to grow it is placing huge demands on the network and forcing a need for change--coming from a provider I have first-hand experience of these challenges--and we are going to research new ways to support that demand," Olofsson said in a release.
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