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Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has opened a technology showcase center in São Paulo to support Brazil's investments in the way of mobile telecommunications, according to a press release from the company.
Located on Alcatel-Lucent's premises in the city, the center will host technologies and applications such as 4G LTE, video applications and cloud and location-based services.
The center will encompass some 15,400 square feet of space, with the goal of helping Brazilian fixed and mobile service providers react to challenges resulting from the mobile data expansion occurring across their networks.
"The creation of a world-class technology showcase in Brazil will help highlight the rapid innovation occurring in the industry and ensure that the region's operators remain competitive in today's ever-changing global economy," said Alcatel-Lucent's Americas president, Robert Vrij.
According to the company, investing in telecoms infrastructure in Brazil is critical for service providers in preparing their networks to handle traffic generated by smartphones, as well as for the country's preparations for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.
The company said a strong telecoms infrastructure will allow Brazil to offer new types of applications and services to customers, while also generating accompanying revenue streams to stimulate the local economy.
Alcatel-Lucent already has 11 other technology showcase centers established globally, in locations such as New Jersey, Sydney, Shanghai, Antwerp, Cairo and Moscow.