Despite growing market share, Alcatel-Lucent still hasn't broken into the ranks of competitors such as Ericsson, NSN and Huawei. lightRadio could deliver the differentiation to help, or confuse operators used to traditional network architectures.
Alcatel-Lucent announced “lightRadio” on February 7, 2011 - a set of technologies aimed at new RAN architectures. Core components include: lightRadio cube, a compact antenna technology with integrated amplifier; multi-standard baseband SoC development; new compression algorithms; and controller platform virtualization software. Products include wideband active array antennas, multi-band RRH, compact baseband units, distributed controllers and common management systems available from 2012 to 2014. Ultimately, however, it is just a vision.
- Current Perspective: Moderate on Alcatel-Lucent’s new lightRadio launch.
There can be no denying that what Alcatel-Lucent is proposing is a radical shift in how wireless networks are built – one that speaks to trends like the need for small cells, IT-telco synergies, multi-standard base stations and energy efficiency;
- Vendor Importance: Very high to Alcatel-Lucent, because the company needs to differentiate itself in an increasingly competitive wireless infrastructure market;
- Market Impact: High on the wireless infrastructure market if only because Alcatel-Lucent has gotten a jump on competitors who will doubtless be telling similar stories in the near-to-medium term.
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