Alcatel-Lucent invests in mobile fronthaul technology
Alcatel-Lucent has signed a partnership with EBlink which aims to tap into the potential of the mobile startup’s wireless fronthaul solution.
Wireless fronthaul is said to represent a major technological advance for base station deployment, eliminating the last few hundred metres of fibre that are so costly for operators.
The agreement includes a €3 million investment in EBlink, which was founded in France in 2005.
EBlink’s wireless solutions are said to complement Alcatel-Lucent’s wireless LTE and small cell offerings, and the move is said to strengthen Alcatel-Lucent’s position in cloud RAN and 5G architecture.
“For EBlink, signing this partnership with Alcatel-Lucent reaffirms the relevance of our technologies and will contribute to EBlink’s growth. As part of this agreement, Alcatel Lucent will address new market opportunities and distribute EBlink’s wireless fronthaul solutions to its mobile operator customer base worldwide,” said Alain Rolland, founder and CEO of EBlink.