AlcaLu Gets Interesting
It issued three PRs, two of which were genuinely interesting, and one worth noting. The latter was the official announcement of the vendor's GPON engagement at Portugal Telecom SGPS SA (NYSE: PT), which is involved in a national effort to bring real broadband to the people. (See AlcaLu's GPON Goes Portuguese and Portugal 'Gets' FTTH.)
The other two differ from the normal vendor fare. First there's the announcement about "first alternative energy laboratory and pilot site in the world dedicated to the telecoms sector." Marketing guff? Maybe, but it's interesting! (See AlcaLu Opens Alt Energy Lab.)
And then there's a partnership with PingPing. Just that name alone makes it worth checking out (it's part of the Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG) empire).
But the relationship is all about new applications development for mobile payments and contactless cards. Check out the details. (See AlcaLu, Belgacom Team Up.)
In the vendor's words: "PingPing and touchatag [an AlcaLu venture] will work together to create an accreditation program that will allow other technology suppliers, operators and application developers to develop new programs and uses for the technology."
AlcaLu CEO Ben Verwaayen said last year that one of his aims was to make the vendor more focused on combining the creativity of the Web world with the advantages of communications networking technology. (See AlcaLu's New Vision: More Convergence.)
This appears to be a case in point. Of course a company such as AlcaLu will look to have a certain degree of control (in one way or another) over matters in such instances, but it's hard to imagine this sort of announcement, with the nuances of third-party involvement, coming from any of the "old guard" vendors, Alcatel included.
So call me gullible if you want, but I found this all pretty interesting...
— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading