Alcatel-Lucent has opened a world-class technology showcase center in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The center will highlight a range of advanced technologies and applications including 4G LTE that will help Brazilian fixed and mobile service providers respond to the challenges created by the mobile data explosion occurring across their networks.

The center occupies nearly 15,400 square feet of space in the company’s premises in São Paulo, and will receive visitors from Brazil and other countries in Latin America. It features executive meeting rooms with full videoconference capability to host customers and help them to experience the world of technologies available in the center.

Investment in telecommunications infrastructure in Brazil is critical as service providers prepare their networks to handle the exponential traffic generated by smart phones and as the country prepares for two major events – the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. A robust telecoms infrastructure will enable Brazil to offer the new types of applications and services that customers desire, and generate accompanying revenue streams that will significantly stimulate the local economy and create a more inclusive society.

“Brazil is one of the fastest growing economies today, and telecommunications is a fundamental driver for the socioeconomic development of this region,” said Robert Vrij, President, Americas, Alcatel-Lucent. “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. By keeping their workforce on pace with the rapid-advancements in technology and social media, it will also improve the welfare of their citizens and help bridge the digital divide.”