Video currently accounts for approximately 75% of a mobile service provider’s network traffic. This is expected to increase as consumer appetite changes and demand for video over any device grows even further, driving the need for networks to evolve.
The Cambridge antenna will be led by Bo Olofsson, who, in his previous role as director for the product research group at BSkyB, was responsible for research and experimentation of emerging media technologies.
“As consumer and enterprise user behaviour evolves and appetite to produce and consume video continues to grow it is placing huge demands on the network and forcing a need for change – coming from a provider I have first hand experience of these challenges – and we are going to research new ways to support that demand,” said Olofsson.
The Bell Labs team will be co-located with the headquarters of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Video business, which has grown significantly following the acquisition of Cambridge based Velocix in 2009. The offices are close to the College of West Anglia and the city’s larger science parks