Alcatel-Lucent opens its “Innovation City”

The telecommunications equipment manufacturer picked the Paris Region to build one of its principal international research centers.

On September 30, the Franco-American telecom giant inaugurated its Innovation City in Nozay, south of Paris. The complex, covering 36 hectares (89 acres) and boasting 90,000 m2 of buildings (1 million ft2) is now the group’s main European research center and its second largest worldwide. More than 5,000 staff (60% researchers) are investigating technologies including small cells, ultra-broadband, IP and optics. The site has the largest mobile network test platform in Europe, which runs daily simulations of the mobile communications of a large metropolis. As part of an open innovation program, the group hosts start-ups, which benefit from office space, infrastructure and, above all, proximity to the engineers.
Michel Combes, group CEO, took advantage of the center’s opening to announce a partnership with Accenture to deliver integrated ultra-broadband solutions to telecom operators. He also formalized the company’s ongoing partnership with JCDecaux to develop connected street furniture.