Wireless leaders, Alcatel-Lucent and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., plan to develop 3G/4G base stations that will enhance wireless connectivity in residential and enterprise environments such as campuses and retail locations.
The companies stressed out that they plan to jointly invest in the development of the next generation of Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio small cells using Qualcomm’s FSM9900 family of small cell chipsets.
According to Alcatel-Lucent, the partnership with Qualcomm is part of its recently announced Shift Plan, in an effort to transform the company into an IP networking and broadband access specialist. CEO Michel Combes has stated that these two business areas will represent 85% of the firm’s research and development expenditures within two years.
“Small cells greatly increase capacity by bringing the network closer to the user, thus enabling operators to serve the anticipated 1000x growth in mobile data traffic and dramatically improving the experience for wireless subscribers,” said Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm.
“We are at the beginning of our journey to 2015, and the cash flow remains a challenge. Now, our goal will be very clear to maintain a strict and disciplined approach to the implementation of the plan Shift through the whole components, industrial, operational and financial,” said Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent.
“Investment should be shared between Alcatel-Lucent Technologies and Qualcomm,” noted the two groups said in a statement.