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Nortel taps universities for 4G innovations

Nortel is teaming up with universities worldwide to help it develop 4G mobile broadband technologies, which will be used to deliver applications like video, mobile TV and other multimedia services.

The vendor has expanded its existing long-standing research partnerships with academic institutions like the University of Waterloo in Canada, The University of Texas at Austin in the US, and National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taiwan.

Nortel has also formed new partnerships with Mera Networks in Russia and Technische Universitaet Ilmenau in Germany.

The company’s investigations with these universities are designed to improve spectral efficiency, and decrease time to market for Nortel’s 4G mobile broadband platforms, which include Mobile WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e), and Long Term Evolution (LTE) and Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB) standards.

“Through these university partnerships Nortel is sharing knowledge and expertise critical to identifying new disruptive technologies that help improve spectrum efficiencies and cost advantages that our service provider customers need,” said John Hoadley, leader of 4G Business and Ecosystem Development for Carrier Networks at Nortel. “Nortel is also laying the foundation for a future hyperconnected communication experience, where the number of devices and applications connected to the network will be greater than the number of people using the network.”

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