Cell Phone Pioneer Bell Labs to Open Research Center in Israel

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The Bell Labs facility in Villarceaux, France.Credit: Bloomberg

Israel has been chosen as the location for a new research center by the iconic technology company Bell Labs, which developed cell phone technology, among many other inventions, Bloomberg News reported.

Now owned by French network-equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs announced last week that the research center would be based in Kfar Saba, where Alcatel-Lucent already has a cloud-technology facility.

Alcatel-Lucent runs the original Bell Labs facility in Murray Hill, New Jersey, as well as research sites worldwide, including Villarceaux in France, Antwerp in Belgium and Shanghai.

“We know that great new discoveries and innovations in ‘cloud networking’ will emerge from our new Tel Aviv office,” Bell Labs President and Alcatel-Lucent Chief Technology Officer Marcus Weldon said.

The new Bell Labs facility will be led by Danny Raz, a Bell Labs alum and professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Technion.

The focus of Bell Labs Israel is expected to be the creation of a simpler, more agile and efficient operating model for meeting networking demands. Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand solution is an industry-leading open, multivendor management platform that allows operators to offer cloud services with security, reliability and quality.

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