Alcatel-Lucent has set up a new research centre in Tokyo to develop new ultra-broadband and cloud-based services and applications.
The vendor said the new Customer Network Centre is designed to allow its customers take part in demonstrations of cloud technology and network function virtualisation, as well as work on developing new business models. It said it has chosen Japan for its location as it is "one of the world's most advanced telecommunications markets".
Among the platforms that will be present in the centre are its CloudBand NFV technology and Nuage Networks, its in-house venture that is focused on software defined networking.
The Japanese centre will supplement the work carried out in Alcatel-Lucent's Central NFV Competency Centre in Naperville, Chicago in the United States.
Nicolas Bouverot, President, Alcatel-Lucent Japan, said: "The mission of the Japan Customer Network Centre is to support in an extremely collaborative manner and develop concrete customer projects involving solutions that can be rolled out using the latest innovations and cloud networks.
"Customers will be able to ask all the questions necessary to gain understanding at each of the four stages of decision making from early customer engagement, to requirement specification, through Proof of Concept, and finally, preparation for production release. The CNC brings ultra-broadband communications, the cloud, and the customer together."
Alcatel-Lucent is just one of the vendors who carried out NFV trials in conjunction with Japanese operator NTT DOCOMO, which were to determine whether the technology could cope with "cutting edge" network functions.