Photos: A look inside France Telecom's Boston R&D labs

Photos: A look inside France Telecom's Boston R&D labs

Summary: IP conferencing, Widgets for mobiles and WLAN-to-GSM roaming

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  • IP conferencing, Widgets for mobiles and WLAN-to-GSM roaming

    Here's an exterior view of France Telecom's Boston research and development lab, one of the company's 14 labs worldwide. The R&D operation employs a total of 4,200 researchers, 15 of whom are located here in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    France Telecom is pushing R&D as a way to boost innovation and beat its competitors. It plans to raise its R&D budget - currently about €600m or 1.5 per cent of France Telecom's turnover - by 50 per cent from 2005 to 2008.

    All photos: Sylvia Carr

  • This quote represents the type of far-reaching research the lab aims to conduct.

    Eric Dufresne, MD of the France Telecom Boston R&D Lab, said: "We're not trying to deliver standard products but investigate new and emerging technologies."

    At the same time, the researchers' work is guided by what France Telecom's customers want.

    Dufresne said: "We're very focused on what the customers expect from us - to do the right thing. We need to understand our customers' needs."

  • One of the areas the Boston lab focuses on is voice over IP (VoIP) for the enterprise.

    Here Clement Lizhtenauer of France Telecom-owned Equant demonstrates how, with the company's Business Everywhere product, one can place a VoIP call while simultaneously sending a large file and videoconferencing to a colleague - and the quality of the voice transmission does not degrade significantly.

Topic: Mobility

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