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Alcatel-Lucent signs MOU to establish research activities with the Korean ministry of knowledge Economy’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute


Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) announced that its Bell Labs research organization has signed yesterday a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI). This MOU provides a framework for the two parties to cooperate in R&D projects into critical technology areas of communications.

This planned joint research activity is expected to focus on:

• advanced optical communications and network applications;

• wireless technologies, networks and applications; and

• fundamental studies in the enabling sciences, including mathematical sciences, computer science, and physics.

The MOU was executed by Dr. Mun-Kee Choi, President of ETRI, and Dr. Jeong Kim, President of Bell Labs in a signing ceremony in Washington D.C. attended by Mr. Lee Youn Ho, Minister of Knowledge Economy and John J. Sullivan, Deputy Secretary of Commerce for the United States. Specific support terms and conditions will be further defined in future discussions.

“The Ministry of Knowledge Economy is a shining, innovative model of proactive government engagement in supporting the development of a national innovation culture – one that will generate new technologies at the forefront of IT and communications,” said Jeong Kim, President of Bell Labs. “We are proud to partner with the ministry’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute and see this as just the first step in a deep and longstanding engagement between Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs and the government of Korean and its scientists to generate fundamental innovations that will change the world around us.”

“With this agreement we hope to combine Bell Labs unmatched fundamental research expertise with ETRI’s proven capabilities in developing applications and technologies,” said Mun-kee Choi, the President of ETRI. “The combination of these two powerful institutions should make it possible to innovate state-of-the-art IT and communications infrastructure and help Korea further its goal of world-class leadership in IT technologies.”


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