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Fujitsu beefs up lab to support LTE

Sun, 12/31/2000 - 7:00pm
Brian Santo

Fujitsu Network Communications said it is expanding its laboratory facilities at its Richardson, Texas, headquarters to support next-generation wireless technologies, including Long Term Evolution (LTE), the upgrade to today’s cell phone technology.

 Fujitsu Network Communications said it is expanding its laboratory facilities at its Richardson, Texas, headquarters to support next-generation wireless technologies, including Long Term Evolution (LTE), the upgrade to today’s cell phone technology.

The lab will focus on technologies for the North American mobile services market, largely LTE products and devices. Fujitsu intends for the R&D center to serve as the focal point for LTE trials in the U.S., in addition to performing interoperability and verification activities to fully support North American operator needs.

It will also perform evaluation and prototyping of mobile applications, which will come in handy for another of its duties.

While traditional labs tended to be confined to research, Fujitsu has given its lab the responsibility for establishing and supporting joint development partnerships with third-party mobile solutions vendors.

“Fujitsu has a long history in managing interoperability between various handsets, radio and core networks as a full ecosystem supplier for 3G network equipment,” said Jim Orr, principal network architect at Fujitsu Network Communications. “We see significant opportunities in North America; the expansion of our Richardson lab is one more way we’re furthering the development of the LTE ecosystem and enabling operators to trial and deploy the technology as quickly as possible.”

Several cell network operators, including Verizon, AT&T and Cox Communications (with the network it’s only just begun to build), intend to migrate their 3G networks to fourth-generation (4G) LTE technology. 

Fujitsu was chosen by NTT Docomo in 2006 to be a supplier for its LTE network.

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