Alcatel-Lucent opens customer network centre in Tokyo

New Customer Network Centre is dedicated facility giving Alcatel-Lucent customers hands-on experience with advanced technologies to create new services and virtualised network functions

Alcatel-Lucent opens customer network centre in Tokyo

Alcatel-Lucent has opened a new facility in Tokyo designed to give service providers and enterprise customers hands-on experience in the co-creation of new ultra-broadband and cloud-based services and applications.

The Alcatel-Lucent Customer Network Centre (CNC) is a first-of-its-kind in Japan – one of the world’s most advanced telecommunications markets – and has been created to make networking trends, most notably the trend towards cloud-based networking, tangible for customers.

In the CNC, Alcatel-Lucent customers can participate in interactive demonstrations and co-creation opportunities that lead to the creation of new business models.

Among the platforms in the center are Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBandTM NFV technology and Nuage Networks, Alcatel-Lucent’s ‘in-house start-up’ venture focused on SDN solutions that applies advanced levels of programmability and automation to the cloud-optimised network.

Commenting on the opening, Nicolas Bouverot, president, Alcatel-Lucent Japan said: “The mission of the Japan Customer Network Center is to support in an extremely collaborative manner and develop concrete customer projects involving solutions that can be rolled out using the latest innovations and cloud networks.  

“Customers will be able to ask all the questions necessary to gain understanding at each of the four stages of decision making from early customer engagement, to requirement specification, through proof of concept, and finally, preparation for production release. The CNC brings ultra-broadband communications, the cloud, and the customer together.”

The CNC in Tokyo will extend Alcatel-Lucent’s Central NFV Competency Centre in Naperville, near Chicago in the United States, providing remote access via the cloud in Tokyo.

This will allow for demos and interoperability testing of virtualised solutions over the CloudBand NFV platform to support Alcatel-Lucent’s Japan NFV/Network Transformation initiative,e which is already under way in Japan.

With 51 million LTE subscribers, Japan represents the world’s second largest market for LTE growth after the United States (source: Japan Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, June 2014).
Japan has been a pioneer in ultra-broadband access, mobile and cloud technologies and services, and has a history of fostering ecosystems that allows the highly innovative collaboration.

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