Skip to main content

France Telecom Launches the Livebox Lab

TelecomTV reports that France Telecom (FT) has launched its Livebox Lab, which it describes as an incubator of products and services. It is designed to encourage the opening of Livebox to third parties, creating a 'Livebox ecosystem' in line with its general convergence strategy. Livebox is FT's home networking terminal, which it intends to migrate from a basic broadband modem into a multimedia hub.

Some ten projects are currently in the course of development and testing in Livebox Lab and FT hopes these will enable a range of new services to be offered based around security, communications and leisure within the next months. At present, France Telecom (through Wanadoo and Orange) has 2.4 million European users of Livebox.

The first product to be delivered by the Livebox Lab will be Liveradio. This is an IP alarm-radio, created in partnership with Baracoda, which connects directly to the Livebox. Liveradio will be launched by the end of 2006 and will let people listen to Internet radios or podcasts from around the world, and to display information directly on the terminal.

According to FT, Livebox Lab's mission is to "assess and test partners' proposed projects, in line with the market's expectations and the latest technical innovations." It was initiated with CEFT (French Telecommunications Entrepreneurs' Club), but is now open to a wider number of partners.

FT adds that the Livebox Lab is in line with its Technocentre innovation industrialisation process, which brings together all projects in phase with FT's NExT (New Telecommunications Experience) programme. After having analysed the technical and economic assessments of each submission, the teams decide which ones to develop. Those that will not be brought to market by France Telecom will still be offered an "OK Livebox" label designation, to reassure consumers that they are compatible with Livebox.

Popular posts from this blog

Industrial and Manufacturing Technology Growth

In an evolving era of rapid advancement, market demand for innovative technology in the industrial and manufacturing sectors is skyrocketing. Leaders are recognizing the immense potential of digital transformation and are driving initiatives to integrate technologies into their business operations.  These initiatives aim to enhance efficiency, reduce costs, and ultimately drive growth and competitiveness in an increasingly digital business upward trajectory. The industrial and manufacturing sectors have been the backbone of the Global Networked Economy, contributing $16 trillion in value in 2021. Industrial and Manufacturing Tech Market Development   This growth represents a 20 percent increase from 2020, highlighting the resilience and adaptability of these sectors in the face of unprecedented challenges, according to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research . The five largest manufacturing verticals -- automotive, computer and electronic, primary metal, food, and machinery -

Rise of AI-Enabled Smart Traffic Management

The demand for smart traffic management systems has grown due to rising urban populations and increasing vehicle ownership. With more people and cars concentrated in cities, problems like traffic congestion, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions are pressing issues. Since the early 2000s, government leaders have been exploring ways to leverage advances in IoT connectivity, sensors, artificial intelligence (AI), and data analytics to address these transportation challenges. The concept of a Smart City emerged in the 2010s, with smart mobility and intelligent traffic management as key components.  Smart Traffic Management Market Development Concerns about continued climate change, as well as cost savings from improved traffic flow, have further motivated local government investment in these advanced systems. According to the latest worldwide market study by Juniper Research, they found that by 2028, smart traffic management investment will be up by 75 percent from a 2023 figure of

How GenAI is Transforming the Role of CIO

The introduction of Artificial intelligence (AI), and the emergence of Generative AI  (GenAI), are now resulting in two key focus areas for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and their IT leadership team. "GenAI is not just a technology or just a business trend. It is a profound shift in how humans and machines interact," said Mary Mesaglio, VP Analyst at Gartner . "We are moving from what machines can do for us to what machines can be for us." AI platforms are evolving rapidly from being our tools to becoming our teammates. Gartner predicts that by 2025, GenAI will be a workforce partner for 90 percent of companies worldwide. CIO Leadership Market Development CIOs have a major role in how they shape AI and how AI shapes us. According to recent Gartner surveys of CEOs, enterprise CIOs are their number one choice to unlock the value of GenAI tools. In fact, CIOs and IT executives will prioritize two areas to unleash the possibility of AI over the next 12-24 months – t