AMERICAS: Alcatel-Lucent opens Brazil tech center


Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) opened a technology showcase center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where the company said it will highlight LTE, video, cloud- and location-based services to help Brazilian operators respond to challenges created by increased mobile data adoption.

The 15,400-square-foot facility in Sao Paulo will cater to service providers from Brazil and other Latin American companies.

 “Brazil is one of the fastest-growing economies today, and telecommunications is a fundamental driver for the socioeconomic development of this region,” said Robert Vrij, President, Americas, Alcatel-Lucent. “The creation of a world-class technology showcase in Brazil will help highlight the rapid innovation occurring in the industry, and ensure that the region’s operators remain competitive in today’s ever-changing global economy. By keeping their workforce on pace with the rapid-advancements in technology and social media, it will also improve the welfare of their citizens and help bridge the digital divide.”

Brazil is set to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Both events likely will put increased pressure on wireless and fixed networks, but also create opportunities for operators to deploy new services.

Bell Labs and the World Economic Forum produced a study that found  the right combination of actions and investment can accelerate the economic impact of broad access to mobile communications services by as much as 36% in gross domestic product.

Alcatel-Lucent now counts 11 technology showcases around the world.

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Tracy Ford

Former Associate Publisher and Executive Editor, RCR Wireless News
Currently HetNet Forum Director
Ford has spent more than two decades covering the rapidly changing wireless industry, tracking its changes as it grew from a voice-centric marketplace to the dynamic data-intensive industry it is today. She started her technology journalism career at RCR Wireless News, and has held a number of titles there, including associate publisher and executive editor. She is a winner of the American Society of Business Publication Editors Silver Award, for both trade show and government coverage. A graduate of the Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Ford holds a B.S. degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on public relations.