AlcaLu Gets Interesting

3:30 PM -- Press releases from the vendor community are not usually eyebrow-raisingly interesting (I tell the truth...), but today Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) hit something of a purple patch.

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

litewate 12/5/2012 | 4:03:33 PM
re: AlcaLu Gets Interesting

The press release does not provide a great deal of information.  Does anyone have a handle on the number of homes to be passed, and the timeframe involved?

digits 12/5/2012 | 4:03:33 PM
re: AlcaLu Gets Interesting


I take it you are referring to the GPON rollout in Portugal. I am waiting to hear back from PT, which has promised to answer a series of questions about its FTTH and associated services strategy. PT stated recently it has plans to reach 1 million homes by the end of this year, but I am waiting for details about what exactly it means by this, and what its potential service uptake might be.

Keep an eye on the site - should be a story this week.


olsen 12/5/2012 | 4:03:32 PM
re: AlcaLu Gets Interesting

Huawei announced the same deal with Portugal Telecom early last week. Which of the two rivals will get the Lion's share in Portugal ..?

SolitonWave 12/5/2012 | 4:03:11 PM
re: AlcaLu Gets Interesting

50-50 share

olsen 12/5/2012 | 4:03:05 PM
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You need to buzz those PT guys. I'm waiting for that story ...

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