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New analyst report confirms leadership in tactically important on-net CDN market.

Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are growing in importance as service providers come to grips with the explosion of video traffic on their networks. And a new market report from analyst firm SNL Kagan MRG shows Alcatel-Lucent is leading the way in the CDN equipment market.

The video explosion is largely driven by the new ways video is being consumed. In the past, one stream of video or TV content was broadcast to everybody and people simply connected to the stream. Today, people are watching what they want, when they want, through OTT, VOD or catch-up TV services on tablets, smartphones and PCs. Each person requires a unique video stream. This high volume of unicast traffic is causing the data explosion.

Alcatel-Lucent has been ahead of the game in recognizing this trend and the impact it would have on service providers. In 2009, we acquired Velocix for its ground-breaking CDN technology and made it part of our IP Video business. A CDN caches copies of the most popular content – notably movies and TV shows – in servers distributed around a network. By using these copies instead of a single, central source, a service provider can save a lot of network bandwidth while delivering content to subscribers more quickly and with a better quality of experience.

The report from SNL Kagan MRG recognizes the growing number of service providers deploying CDN equipment within their networks – called an “on-net” CDN – as opposed to using a CDN service from a third party, or an “off-net” CDN. On-net CDNs have the advantage of giving service providers complete control over how they prioritize and deliver traffic on their networks. This lowers network transportation costs and ensures higher video quality for subscribers.

Norm Bogen, Director of Research at SNL Kagan MRG: “OTT and multiscreen technologies have had a tremendous impact on the traditional digital media video delivery industry structure. Operators now have a number of options with which to deploy CDN solutions and MRG believes that they will establish relationships with multiple vendors, mixing on-net with off-net solutions to best manage their own TV and video services as well as that content coming from OTT service providers.”

Our Velocix on-net CDN solution is used by some of the largest service providers in the world, including Telus, Oi and Time Warner Cable. Recent enhancements to on-net CDNs, through our award-winning Velocix Enhanced Video Experience solution, bring additional value to our customers through content personalization and network DVR functionality.

New virtualization, automation and reporting features for the Velocix Content Delivery Network further simplify and improve the quality of experience for online IP video delivery.

Paris, September 10, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is to introduce new features to its Velocix Content Delivery Network (CDN) solution to enable pay-TV operators to better manage their networks and set a new standard for the customer experience of IP video services.

As operators cope with the ever-increasing amount of IP-based video traffic, the Velocix CDN offers a number of improvements which take advantage of innovations in virtualization, as well as tighter integration with IP infrastructure to accelerate the adoption of cloud networking for IP video services.

The Velocix Virtual CDN decouples the software that controls and routes traffic on a network from the physical infrastructure that provides compute and storage resources. This greatly reduces the time needed to install or expand the CDN. Virtualization also gives operators the agility to instantly create a new CDN cache in case of a hardware failure, minimizing any potential disruption in quality of service.

The Velocix Virtual CDN will use automatic resource allocation to create an ‘elastic CDN’ capable of adjusting capacity to both planned and unexpected changes in demand, for example during a popular sporting event or due to a viral video. After the peak, computing resource can be released for other applications.

The Velocix Virtual CDN joins the Alcatel-Lucent network functions virtualization (NFV) portfolioannounced earlier this year to enable network automation and efficient use of resources for rapid scaling up and down of services. 

Additional features to the Velocix platform are also being announced, and include:

  • Coupled with a brand new user interface and even more flexible reports, the world-class reporting capability of the Velocix CDN has been extended to give operators greater visibility of the traffic flowing through the network without increasing any additional latency or load. Patented Bell Labs techniques are used to measure the quality of video streamed to customers without the need for network probes or for installing software on customers’ devices.
  • Integration with the network routing control plane enables the CDN to learn automatically from changes in the IP infrastructure and optimize the cache selection accordingly. For example, when a new IP address is assigned to a user, the CDN adapts dynamically to make sure customers are always served from the optimal cache.
  • The Velocix Universal Network Application Programming Interface (UNAPI) also enables unprecedented integration with external systems to develop customized applications for network configuration, content management and reporting.
  • Velocix Proxy Language provides a powerful way to dynamically control how content is cached and processed. Using an industry standard programming language (LUA), a pay TV provider can modify how a request is treated depending, for example, on a user’s location or device. This opens up a wealth of personalization opportunities to improve the customer experience or traffic management on the network. It also allows a service provider to bring the web traffic for their pay TV service onto the same CDN as the video traffic.

According to the research analysts SNL Kagan MRG, Alcatel-Lucent is the leading vendor of CDN equipment to pay TV operators and other network operators who offer over-the-top and multiscreen digital media content delivery services. The Velocix CDN solution is used by some of the largest operators in the world, including Telus, Oi and Time Warner Cable.

Paul Larbey, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Video business: “Video represents the most traffic on a service provider’s network. Applying the principles of virtualization to content delivery networks is about giving service providers greater control over that traffic and subsequently providing a better experience to customers. The latest enhancements to our Velocix CDN further extends Alcatel-Lucent’s leading position in IP video and in cloud networking.”  

ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT (EURONEXT PARIS AND NYSE: ALU)

We are at the forefront of global communications, providing products and innovations in IP and cloud networking, as well as ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access to service providers and their customers, and to enterprises and institutions throughout the world.

Underpinning us in driving the industrial transformation from voice telephony to high-speed digital delivery of data, video and information is Bell Labs, an integral part of the Group and one of the world’s foremost technology research institutes, responsible for countless breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Our innovations have resulted in our Group being recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 Global Innovator, as well as being named by MIT Technology Review as amongst 2012’s Top 50 “World’s Most Innovative Companies”. We have also been recognized for innovation in sustainability, being named Industry Group Leader in the Technology Hardware & Equipment sector in the 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices review, for making global communications more sustainable, affordable and accessible, all in pursuit of the Group’s mission to realize the potential of a connected world.

With revenues of Euro 14.4 billion in 2013, Alcatel-Lucent is listed on the Paris and New York stock exchanges (Euronext and NYSE: ALU). The company is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog and follow Alcatel-Lucent on Twitter @Alcatel_Lucent.

Bo Olofsson heads up new Bell Labs team; researchers co-located with Alcatel-Lucent IP Video business to concentrate on video-centric networking innovation

Cambridge, UK, July 17, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent’s (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) Bell Labs has opened a new ‘antenna’ office in Cambridge, UK, led by Bo Olofsson. From this base Bo will head global research into real-time delivery of video  to all types of connected devices, such as smartphones, games consoles, tablets, Smart TVs, and more across Bell Labs. This is the second Bell Labs antenna office and follows the opening of the Israel Bell Labs cloud research facility in May. A third location will be announced later this year.

Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs maintains a leading role in research and innovation with a focus on how networks should evolve based on users’ changing behaviors and demands. Research at ‘antenna’ locations contributes to this overall objective by centering on one major industry issue. These smaller, highly-specialized locations foster a more nimble ‘start-up’ like environment to allow researchers to actively engage with Alcatel-Lucent’s businesses, other Bell Labs researchers and external stakeholders such as enterprises, universities and other research organizations.  

Research at the Cambridge location will center upon the evolution of video and real time cloud content delivery. 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.  In addition, with the rise in user generated content - from tablets, smartphones, video cameras and machines - which needs to be uploaded, stored, managed and delivered in real time, the scale and scope of video-centric networking will increase even further. This makes it essential to develop innovative solutions that help design the “video centric” networks of tomorrow.

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. Focused on delivering specialist integration services and one of the most innovative ranges of video solutions in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Video business was named leading vendor of CDN equipment by SNL Kagan MRG. The company’s IP Video solutions include the Emmy® award winning Cloud-DVR, the Velocix CDN and Transparent Caching.

The Cambridge antenna will be led by Bo Olofsson, who, in his previous role as director for the product research group at British Sky Broadcasting, was responsible for research and experimentation of emerging media technologies and their potential future application and implications for Sky. Prior to this Bo was Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Getty images and has also held positions at IBM, Apple and Dell. He has a Master of Science Computer Science degree from Uppsala University in Sweden.

Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs & CTO Alcatel-Lucent said: “Work at the Bell Labs location in Cambridge will focus on one of the big problems that is facing the industry today. The massive growth in the generation and demand for video-centric content is creating one of the biggest issues for our customers as they evolve their networks. Bo Olofsson’s team will work closely with the IP Video team to solve these issues with solutions that optimize video-centric delivery and network capabilities that ensure high quality even as demand explodes.”

Bo Olofsson, head of Bell Labs Global Video Research and the Cambridge Bell Labs antenna locationsaid:  “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. I’m very excited about the opportunities and challenges ahead, as I lead this research at the new Bell Labs facility.”

Paul Larbey, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Video business said: “The start-up mentality of the Bell Labs antenna fits very well with the ethos of our IP Video business. By creating an environment in which a dedicated team of experienced researchers led by Bo Olofsson can collaborate closely with our IP Video teams, we will be able to accelerate innovation in this space to meet the needs of tomorrow’s networks.”

Bell Labs continues to conduct innovative and game-changing research around the big issues affecting the ICT industry. Using its wide-reaching expertise and collaborating with the global innovation community (both inside and outside of Bell Labs), Bell Labs is focused on finding solutions that offer a 10x (or more) improvement for the industry. These solutions will then be used to create cross-discipline ‘Future X’ initiatives that will shape the future communications landscape. To accelerate innovation in this field, the Bell Labs Prize was launched in June. This prize gives any researcher, in a participating country around the globe, the chance to introduce their innovative idea to the world and collaborate with Bell Labs researchers.

Alcatel-Lucent in the UK

Alcatel-Lucent has a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality IP Networking and ultra-broadband access solutions to some of the leading service providers in the UK as well as enterprises, including health-care trusts, transport companies and major utilities. With innovation at its core, Alcatel-Lucent was the first company in Great Britain to demonstrate the power and possibilities of ultra-broadband for rural communities in kick-starting a thriving economy.

  • Alcatel-Lucent wins in “Best Cloud or CDN Service Delivery” category
  • Cloud DVR solution reduces costs (CAPEX and OPEX) compared to home-based DVR
  • Innovative time-shifted services available on any connected device
  • Alcatel-Lucent’s Cloud DVR serves millions of TV viewers around the world

London, UK, March 20, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent’s (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) Cloud DVR solution has won the coveted TV Connect Industry Award for “Best Cloud or CDN Service Delivery”. This recognition comes only a few weeks after Alcatel-Lucent received an Emmy® Award for its longstanding commitment to developing network DVR technology.

The TV Connect awards are judged by an independent panel of service providers and industry influencers from around the world. The “Best Cloud or CDN Service Delivery” recognizes an operator, CDN, networking provider, ISP, content provider or solution provider, for creating the best, and most reliable CDN or Cloud Delivery Service.

Cloud DVR enables content to be stored in the network rather than in the hard drive of a traditional DVR or set-top box. This allows several shows to be recorded simultaneously and then accessed anytime, anywhere, and from any device - whether the traditional television in the living room, a smartphone or a tablet. The technology also enables a full array of time-shifted services, such as ‘start-over’, rewind and catch-up TV. By eliminating the need for a hard drive, Cloud DVR enables service providers to significantly reduce costs associated with managing the hardware, for example on-site repairs and helpdesk calls.

Alcatel-Lucent’s Cloud DVR solution serves millions of TV viewers around the world, including Swisscom and Telecable, and is currently being rolled out by some of the world’s largest cable and telecoms service providers. Its integration with Velocix CDN enables operators to further reduce their transport costs while improving the end user experience. Another key characteristic is the flexibility of the solution to adapt to legal or content rights constraints.

Paul Larbey, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Video business, said: “The pay TV industry as a whole is clearly accelerating its adoption of cloud technologies to improve operations, provide innovative services as well as satisfy users’ growing appetite for anytime, anywhere video. We’re delighted that our Cloud DVR solution has been recognized by the TV Connect judges as a leading solution for cloud TV services.”

ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT (EURONEXT PARIS AND NYSE: ALU)

We are at the forefront of global communications, providing products and innovations in IP and cloud networking, as well as ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access to service providers and their customers, and to enterprises and institutions throughout the world.

Underpinning us in driving the industrial transformation from voice telephony to high-speed digital delivery of data, video and information is Bell Labs, an integral part of the Group and one of the world’s foremost technology research institutes, responsible for countless breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Our innovations have resulted in our Group being recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 Global Innovator, as well as being named by MIT Technology Review as amongst 2012’s Top 50 “World’s Most Innovative Companies”. We have also been recognized for innovation in sustainability, being named Industry Group Leader in the Technology Hardware & Equipment sector in the 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices review, for making global communications more sustainable, affordable and accessible, all in pursuit of the Group’s mission to realize the potential of a connected world.

With revenues of Euro 14.4 billion in 2013, Alcatel-Lucent is listed on the Paris and New York stock exchanges (Euronext and NYSE: ALU). The company is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog and follow Alcatel-Lucent on Twitter @Alcatel_Lucent.

 

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honors Alcatel-Lucent with Technology and Engineering award for its “pioneering work in implementation and deployment of Network Digital Video Recorder”

Paris – September 11, 2013 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has been recognized by the United States’ National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with an Emmy® Award for Technology and Engineering for its “Pioneering Work in Implementation and Deployment of Network DVR”, the digital video recorder technology that gives viewers complete control over how they watch television.

Network DVR enables content to be stored in the Cloud rather than in the hard drive of a traditional DVR or set-top box. This allows several shows to be recorded simultaneously and then accessed anytime, anywhere, and from any device - whether the traditional television in the living room, a smartphone or a tablet. The technology also enables a full array of time-shifted services, such as ‘start-over’, rewind and catch-up TV.

Alcatel-Lucent has been recognized for its long-standing commitment to developing Network DVR technology, along with fellow honorees Time Warner Cable and Cablevision Systems Corp. Alcatel-Lucent held one of the very first public demonstrations of the system in 2001 at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC). Alcatel-Lucent also provided one of the very first public deployments of Network DVR for Arcor (now part of Vodafone) in Germany in 2007. This technology now serves millions of TV viewers around the world, including Swisscom who has deployed its Replay service with Alcatel-Lucent, and most recently Telecable. At IBC 2013 in Amsterdam, from 12 September, Alcatel-Lucent’s commercial Network DVR solution, known as Cloud DVR, will be on show.

Velocix® Enhanced Video Experience is built on innovations that improve the service quality of video streaming over broadband networks to offer content tailored to a consumer‟s specific profile and usage

Paris, October 17, 2012 – Today Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) introduced a series of video innovations that enable service providers to deliver more personalized and more dynamic video services. Service providers can now offer their customers the broad range of content and flexible viewing options of video streaming, with the pay TV quality expected by prime time audiences in their living rooms – all delivered to smartphones, PCs, tablets and other Internet-connected devices.

The new Velocix® Enhanced Video Experience (EVE) leverages the Internet protocol (IP) capabilities of Alcatel-Lucent‟s Velocix content delivery network (CDN) technology to support the efficient, and cost- effective delivery of personalized video streams to huge numbers of viewers while taking advantage of the strengths and quality benefits of managed broadband networks. Velocix EVE offers the ability to manipulate each video stream to account for factors such as network conditions, the kind of smartphone, PC or tablet the person is using and the type of content being watched, thereby helping to ensure a high-quality experience for viewers.

Velocix today was announced as the Best Delivery Network, based on readers votes submitted to the Streaming Media Europe Website. This is the third award this year for the Velocix CDN, having won awards at IPTV world forum, Connectworld.tv and now Streaming Media Europe.

Adrian Stroud, Director of Business Development at Velocix was on hand to receive the award today, "This award shows how Velocix has continued to lead the market in CDN network infrastructure, the recent launch of the Velocix Enhanced Video Experience set of capabilities is further proving our leadership in CDN innovation”

Velocix recently launch the Enhanced Video Experience set of products, which enabled CDN's to go beyond just delivering bits and bytes by enabling the transformation and personalization of content delivery over an operators own CDN infrastructure, enabling a new level of subscriber experience to be created

Alcatel-Lucent's Velocix solution won the award for the Innovative workflow and platform solution at the ConnectedWorld.TV awards held at the IBC conference in Amsterdam.

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