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

TOPICS: Mobility

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  • 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.

  • During the teleconference, we speak with Equant employees in Chile, France and London. The man shown in the large, centre section of the screen is calling from a softphone on his laptop, and is connected to the VPN from a Wi-Fi network in a Paris airport. The sound quality and frame rate were pretty impressive.

Topic: Mobility

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