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Alcatel-Lucent has appointed Andrew Miller, who previously held the role of strategic deals director at Alcatel-Lucent, as New Zealand country manager.
Alcatel-Lucent has introduced a set of services to proactively analyze performance in fixed networks, identify potential problems and take action to minimize their impact, the company said on Monday.
Microsoft has been ordered to pay US$70 million to Alcatel-Lucent in a years-old patent dispute that orignially resulted in Redmond being ordered to pay $1.5 million.
Alcatel-Lucent reported a smaller increase in revenue than analysts had expected, but returned to profit in the second quarter. For the full year, the company expects to grow faster than the market as a whole and to improve its operating margin.
Alcatel-Lucent this week confirmed it is "exploring strategic options" for its Enterprise business, a non-core asset that's been reported to be shopped around for a <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/042611-alcatel-lucent-enterprise.html">possible sale</a>.
Alcatel-Lucent set aside $15 million during the 2010 financial year for “additional provisions”, according to its financial statements for the year, which were filed with the Companies Office earlier this month.
Education and research network JANET is getting a speed boost following the signing of a contract with Verizon for ultra-fast broadband, running at up to 100Gbps (gigabits per second).
Alcatel-Lucent is charting a course to the next generation of carrier routers with new silicon that is focused today on delivering services from the edge of a network but could also power a massive packet engine for the core.
Alcatel-Lucent has established its new local head office in a building long associated with Telecom.
NBN Co chief, Mike Quigley, has been forced to issue a statement regarding the bribery case by US authorities against Alcatel-Lucent, following reports of discrepancies between his public statements about his former employer and US court documents.
In December 2010, Alcatel-Lucent agreed to make payments of more than $US137 million to settle bribery cases concerning allegations about the sales activities of French telecommunications giant Alcatel from the 1990s through its 2006 merger with Lucent Technologies.
Alcatel-Lucent and three of its subsidiaries, Alcatel CIT, Alcatel de Costa Rica and Alcatel Standard agreed to pay a penalty of $92 million in settlement of cases brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The companies voluntarily agreed to stop using third-party sales and marketing agents to conduct worldwide business — a business model, the DOJ said, that was prone to corruption as the third parties acted as conduits for bribes to customers and officials in many countries.
According to the DOJ, the three Alcatel-Lucent subsidiaries made improper payments to officials to win deals in Costa Rica, Honduras, Malaysia and Taiwan.
On December 31, 2010, Alcatel-Lucent issued a statement ruling out any involvement by Quigley or NBN Co chief financial officer, Jean-Pascal Beaufret, in the case.
“In its investigations, Alcatel-Lucent found no evidence that either Mr Quigley or Mr Beaufret had any involvement in, or knowledge of the actions of the former Alcatel or its subsidiaries' employees that are outlined in the allegations presented by the US Department of Justice or the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with Monday's announcements," the statement said.
It has come to light, however, that Costa Rica was part of Quigley’s portfolio. In a statement, the NBN Co chief issued the following rebuttal.
“I have today been advised by Alcatel-Lucent that, contrary to previous advice, Costa Rica was among the many countries and territories in North, Central and South America that were part of my wide-ranging portfolio of responsibilities in the period March 2001 to January 2003, including operations involving approximately 15,000 staff.
“This, however, does not change the fact that I was not involved in any of these matters as is evident by the fact that in the course of their thorough investigation, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the US Department of Justice did not seek to interview me nor did they make an adverse finding in relation to me.
"I don’t intend to comment further on this matter as it is the subject of ongoing legal proceedings in the US, to which I am not a party.”
Alcatel-Lucent reported growing revenue and a shrinking loss for the first quarter of 2011, helped by operators' need for more capacity in their fixed and mobile networks, the company said on Friday.
Brocade today unveiled its plan for migrating customers to distributed, virtualized, Cloud-based data centers, along with products supporting that plan.
Alcatel-Lucent is reportedly shopping around its enterprise switching, IP telephony and contact center businesses in an effort to boost its financial performance by focusing on core telecom markets.
The unit could fetch up to $US1.2 billion, and potential buyers include Cisco, HP, Avaya and private equity firms like the Gores Group, according to a story in Reuters. Alcatel-Lucent is meeting with prospective buyers in San Francisco this week, according to Reuters, which cited unnamed sources.
Alcatel-Lucent declined to comment.
Reuters says the frontrunner in the talks is Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEN), which is 51% owned by Gores. SEN and Gores acquired enterprise switch maker Enterasys in 2008.
Alcatel-Lucent is looking to turn around flagging financials in the wake of a difficult merger between France's Alcatel and the U.S. telecom equipment company Lucent in 2006. Since then, the value of the combined company has decreased and Alcatel-Lucent has struggled financially.
Qatalyst Partners is advising Alcatel-Lucent on the sale, according to Reuters. Alcatel-Lucent has asked for indicative bids by early May and has requested cash offers, but the deadline could move around depending on the number of parties expressing interest, according to the report.
Any buyer would acquire a business that's been stagnant in Ethernet switching and IP telephony for many years. Alcatel-Lucent's share of the roughly $18.7 billion worldwide Ethernet switching market has been less than 1.5% for three years, according to Dell'Oro Group, placing them as the eighth or ninth leading vendor.
Cisco dominates that market with a 70% share, while HP is second with 10%.
Recently, Alcatel-Lucent has introduced some enterprise and data center switches which have impressed analysts in that market. The OmniSwitch 10000 is a 5Tbps core switch designed for 40/100G Ethernet support, and the OmniSwitch 6900 top-of-rack switch plays a pivotal role in Alcatel-Lucent's data center architecture.
In enterprise telephony, Alcatel-Lucent is fourth with an 8.9% share of the $12 billion market in 2010, according to Dell'Oro. But that's down from 9.9% in 2008, while leaders Avaya and Cisco and No. 5 NEC have gained share since then.
Siemens is No. 3 in telephony with a 10% share in 2010, down from 11.4% in 2008, according to Dell'Oro.
The growth engine in Alcatel-Lucent's enterprise business is its Genesys contact center software business, which accounts for 75% of the company's enterprise revenue, according to the Reuters story.
Delivering uninterrupted <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/wireless.html">wireless</a> coverage throughout a 25-acre park wasn't easy, but it's necessary to help keep the guests at Morgan's Wonderland safe. The Austin, Texas, theme park, which just kicked off its second season, hosts thousands of special-needs children, adults and their families. Each guest wears an RFID wristband that not only tracks their location in the park but also links to critical personal information, such as medical conditions and allergies.