AT&T has acquired Cambridge based Olivetti & Oracle Research Laboratory and will pump #30 million in the facility over six years.
The renamed AT&T Laboratories, Cambridge, is the carrier's first research facility outside the US. It will focus on consumer networking products for AT&T's proposed global IP network and products for its merger with US cable TV operator TCI.
Said Sandy Fraser, chief scientist at AT&T Laboratories: "With AT&T's merger with TCI, there are plenty of opportunities to put cable modems into homes and give consumers the kind of high speed access only available to businesses. We will also be able to give consumers access to online music and video in a form that has never been available before."
The facility was founded in 1986 by Olivetti and Andy Hopper, now managing director, AT&T Laboratories, Cambridge. Until last month it was jointly funded by Olivetti and Oracle. Some of its well known developments include video mail and active badges that track people in offices.
Around 50 engineers and 20 students based at the Cambridge facility will join AT&T Labs, which is made up of 500 researchers and 2,000 developers located at five offices in New Jersey and California.
AT&T Labs no longer has direct relations with Bell Labs when its parent, Lucent, was spun off from AT&T around three years ago. AT&T Labs develops technology for future network architectures and infrastructures whereas Bell Labs manufactures switches and chips.
Some of the developments underway at AT&T Labs include emerging broadband technologies, mobile communications, very low cost wireless networks, and video.
Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
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