Alcatel-Lucent to Open New R&D Facility in Israel
Published on: 20th May 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Alcatel Lucent has announced that it is to open a new Bell Labs office near Tel Aviv, Israel,.
On the same day as the Bell Labs Tel Aviv announcement, Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes has spoken at MIXiii 2014, Israel's technology conference, in which he outlined how The Shift Plan - the company's industrial transformation from telecoms generalist to specialist - is helping the company solve big challenges for its customers, such as network virtualization.
In his keynote address, Mr. Combes pointed out that Alcatel-Lucent and Bell Labs had realized early on the promise of moving networks to the cloud, but that it would take a dramatically different set of capabilities and innovations to make it happen. These capabilities, he said, would come from within Bell Labs but also from the creation of Alcatel-Lucent's in-house start-ups like the Israeli-based CloudBand business and Nuage Networks, its Silicon Valley-based SDN (software defined networking) solution, which leverage Bell Labs' insights and innovations.
The Bell Labs Tel Aviv location will be led by the notable Israeli computer scientist Danny Raz.
A Bell Labs alum, Danny Raz is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at The Technion, Israel's leading technical university. He has been published widely in the area of network, system, and cloud resource management and has a strong working relationship with a number of leading global companies in Israel including receiving the IBM Faculty Award, and consulting with Google.
The new Bell Labs team will be based in Alcatel-Lucent's cloud facility in Kfar Saba, near Tel Aviv.
The company added that more Bell Labs locations will be announced later this year each with its own original focus in an emerging research area.