Qualcomm and Alcatel-Lucent partner in €100 million deal

30 July 2013 | Natasha Culzac


Qualcomm has reportedly agreed a deal with Alcatel-Lucent worth €100million.

According to the Financial Times, the US chip maker and French telecoms firm are looking to develop the next generation of mobile cell transmitters that can deal with a rapid increase in mobile data.

Qualcomm is also purchasing a nominal stake in Alcatel-Lucent, more symbolic of a relationship with mutual interests than a financial one. While the actual size of the stake wasn’t revealed, it is believed to be less than 5% - the disclosure threshold.

Alcatel-Lucent is looking to build on its small cell technology, for which Qualcomm will provide chips and software. Both companies will make investments in establishing research and development teams.

Small cells are considered integral to the progress of mobile networking. Abolishing the need for a mast, small cells can provide data connectivity extremely close to individual points, such as households and workplaces.

Earlier this month Alcatel-Lucent launched an SDN solution to tackle big data volume growth, as a result of the surge in popularity of smartphones and tablets.