Disruptive innovation

Technology acceleration

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Disruptive innovation

We believe in moving our technology from concept to commercialization as quickly as possible. Time to market is often as critical as the innovation itself. Once we identify a concept that could have an immediate, near-term impact for service providers or enterprises, we move to technology acceleration.

We categorize our new technologies under two umbrellas: the future network fabric and future autonomous systems.

A few of our recent innovations with significant commercial impact

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Vectoring

Nokia Bell Labs was the first to demonstrate how vectoring could cancel cross-talk between lines in a twisted-pair DSL cable. Our market-leading products brought new life to VDSL and new revenues to operators by enabling 100 Mb/s access speeds – in essence, turning copper into gold. This success continues with G.fast access technology, which uses new vectoring algorithms in enlarged frequency bands to achieve fiber-like gigabit speeds over copper.

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Photonic Service Engine

The Photonic Service Engine (PSE) is the first chipset to implement probabilistic constellation shaping (PCS). Pioneered by Nokia Bell Labs, this technique pushes fiber-optic performance close to its theoretical limit – known as the Shannon Limit – over any distance. With PCS, network operators can finely adjust wavelength capacity in an automated manner to enable optimal high-capacity transmission solutions.

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World Wide Streams

There are tens of billions of IoT sensors worldwide, and each continuously collects and transmits mixed types of streaming data. It currently takes several months for service providers to develop and deploy new IoT services over these networks, but the World Wide Streams platform cuts this time to mere days. It provides a scalable, simple and efficient way to create highly specialized services with mixed IoT data streams while ensuring the optimal allocation of network and cloud resources.

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Integrated OCT

Integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT) leverages photonic integration technologies pioneered for telecom networks, such as optical circuits on a chip and MEMS mirrors. It significantly reduces the size and cost of traditional OCT medical imaging technology, enabling a new era of affordable, remote medical diagnostics.

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Cognitive Cloud Control

Bell Labs Cognitive Cloud Control software uses AI/ML to manage cloud services intelligently. Our software automatically learns resource requirements of services, predicts future demands, verifies correct operation and identifies failures and their causes. Our system creates autonomous clouds — which not only follow rules, but also observe, control and predict service behaviors and even handle resources in previously unknown situations.

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KNIX

Serverless computing, the new cloud frontier, has been developed and proven for short-transactional applications such as web transactions and IoT functions. Nokia Bell Labs has extended the technology to support long-lived services with high-performance demands such as AI/ML-based edge analytics.