Alcatel-Lucent boosts small cell pitch with $4M EBlink investment and tie-in

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The French-American networking company Alcatel-Lucent(s alu) has invested €3 million ($4.1 million) in EBlink, a French wireless fronthaul specialist.

Alcatel-Lucent is one of several telecommunications equipment players that’s very keen on putting as much as possible of the network into the cloud. Increasing numbers of mobile devices need denser networks made up of smaller cells, so it makes sense to virtualize the heavy-processing part of the base station and centralize it, so you can dynamically shift capacity around the network as you need it.

Alcatel-Lucent's Cube, the radio end of its cloud network architecture Alcatel-Lucent’s Cube, the radio end of its cloud network architecture That allows for more, cheaper cells, but it also means you need to shift the raw radio signals from the cells to the data center, as that’s where the processing is being carried out. You can do that over fiber, but that’s expensive when you’re talking about loads of cells, not to mention logistically limiting…

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