Alcatel-Lucent has teamed with a Paris-based technology incubator to help support the development of start-up companies and unveiled new optical solutions. 

The Partech Shaker incubator, which was launched by venture capital firm Partech Ventures in 2014, consists of around 40 “business-ready” startups that are mixed with large companies for collaboration in new technology projects.

It will be linked with A-L’s Innovation City project in the south of Paris, with the vendor claiming it would be able to test new start-up models within the hub.

A-L CEO Michel Combes said the partnership would help to cultivate an “internal entrepreneurial culture” within new enterprises.

He added: “The opening and mixing of skills, competencies and methodologies is at the heart of our innovation strategy. The partnership with Partech perfectly illustrates our spirit of openness.

“In a digital economy where agility is a key success factor, large companies and start ups have a shared interest to collaborate.”

[Read more: Operators seek to be all things to all people in search of start-ups]

Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent’s research arm, will also conduct work at the incubator.

Romain Lavault, partner of Partech Ventures said: “Alcatel-Lucent and its Bell Labs already have a lot of experience in open innovation and this partnership will allow them to further broaden the spectrum of their technology partners.”

A-L also announced that it was expanding its high-speed optical networking portfolio to allow operators and enterprises to meet growing traffic demands within metro and data centre networks.

The vendor said metro networks are coming under increasing pressure from traffic growth as well as changing traffic patterns.

The new platforms support access aggregation, content delivery and mobile backhaul, as well as data centre interconnectivity and wide area networking for enterprises.

As a result, operators and businesses will be able to scale their network capacity “with any mix of services”, A-L claimed.

Infonetics Research Analyst Andrew Schmitt commented: “After spending the last few years renovating their core networks for 100G, operators are now moving to upgrade their metro networks.

“This is the single largest market opportunity and we estimate metro WDM investment will be $35 billion during the next five years.”

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