Freescale and Bell Labs team up to create 5G ‘Universal Remote Node’

Freescale and Bell Labs have a long-term partnership

Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs and Freescale Semiconductor today claimed that they will create an industry-first ‘universal remote node’ that can be used for any combination of wireline and wireless connections as they target network evolution towards 5G.

By the first quarter of 2017, the pair plan to unveil a proof of concept of the technology, which the companies said would take the form of a universal access device that can support both wireline and 5G wireless processing in a single architecture. Such a device could speed up and simplify the deployment of next-generation networks for service providers, reducing CAPEX and OPEX.

“A leader in innovative and disruptive thinking that is driving the next generation of wireless technology”

‘Through consistent disruptive innovation, we are helping our customers stay a step ahead in the rapidly changing wireless communications infrastructure space’, said Marcus Weldon, president of Bell Labs. ‘Our partnership with Freescale on both the research and business side has furthered our reputation as a leader in innovative and disruptive thinking that is driving the next generation of wireless technology.’

“As the Internet of Tomorrow grows the number of network endpoints, boosting throughput and enhancing quality of service become even more important”

The pair have championed their expertise for the exploration of convergence between wireline and wireless access technologies as Freescale claims to offer a deep understanding of advanced networking silicon and software whilst Bell Labs brings a knowledge of systems to the party.

Tom Deitrich, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Digital Networking group, said: ‘As the Internet of Tomorrow grows the number of network endpoints, boosting throughput and enhancing quality of service become even more important. This is where we intend to focus moving forward, as we continue our fruitful partnership with Alcatel-Lucent and Bell Labs.’

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