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Alcatel-Lucent slashes 10,000 jobs worldwide

Alcatel Lucent has confirmed it will axe 10,000 employees worldwide as part of a bid to cut €1bn (£850m) in fixed costs by the end of 2015. The loss-making telecoms equipment maker will actually be letting 15,000 staff members go, but has said it will create 5,000 new jobs in areas where it thinks it can grow. The cuts will see …

Alcatel-Lucent pushes carriers with plan for 600,000 small cells

Telecoms network specialist Alcatel-Lucent has introduced a plan to boost small-cell mobile network coverage by linking up carriers with possible placement sites for small-cell mobile hardware. The company said that its plan, dubbed the Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program, would help to link up local mobile carriers …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Dec 2013

Alcatel-Lucent and BT unveil super fat pipe, splurt out 1.4Tb per second across London

Alcatel-Lucent has teamed up with BT to test an "alien superchannel" across an existing fibre pipe, with the resulting record-breaking 1.4 Tbps they achieved able to transmit a five-month-long grumble flick in just one second. The pair achieved 1.4 terabits per second using a BT's fibre-optic pipe between the BT Tower and BT's …
Team Register, 23 Jan 2014
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Alcatel-Lucent takes Qualcomm coin for personal 4G network tech

Chip designer Qualcomm has taken a share in telecoms gear maker Alcatel-Lucent as the pair collaborate on Small Cells - despite the architectural differences of opinion. Qualcomm will end up with less than five per cent of Alcatel-Lucent, a share the Financial Times described as "symbolic of a wider partnership". That …
Bill Ray, 30 Jul 2013

Verwaayen on verwaay out: Alcatel-Lucent big-cheese cheeses it

Alcatel-Lucent chief exec Ben Verwaayen will exit the loss-making telecommunications equipment maker in May. The ailing biz is in cost-cutting mode and plans to shed at least 5,000 jobs to compete more effectively against its rivals and its Chinese competitors in particular. Former BT big cheese Verwaayen, who headed up the …
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2013
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Plan 9 moves out from Lucent licence space

Plan 9, a successor to Unix developed during the 1980s by Bell Labs, is now available under the GNU Public Licence. The operating system was never particularly popular or prevalent, but did generate enough of a following to spark a successor of its own known as Inferno. We also wrote it up last year, saying that “Compared to …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2014

Alcatel Lucent axes 5,000 staff, takes right shoeing from rivals

Troubled Alcatel Lucent will axe 5,000 jobs after bleeding €254m (£199m) in its latest quarter. The telecoms kit maker said it will save €750m (£587m) in overheads by shaving more than six per cent off the 78,000 strong global workforce. Sales for Q2 2012, ended 30 June, fell 7.1 per cent year-on-year to €3.54bn (£2.77bn). The …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jul 2012
Not Smart and not a book, but a smartbook

Alcatel unveils 'cheaper-than-Chromebook' Lapdock-alike phablet-powered laptop

Alcatel had the distinction of previewing the least powerful device at MWC. At the mobile extravaganza, the French firm unveiled the prototype of the Hero, a dumb terminal which interfaces to its Hero mobile phone to provide a full screen and keyboard. The device is called a smartbook, but all the smarts actually reside in the …
Simon Rockman, 03 Mar 2014

Alcatel-Lucent uncloaks its software-defined network tech

Alcatel-Lucent subsidiary Nuage Networks has leaped into the crowded money-pit of software-defined networking (SDN) with a technology suite designed for carriers and large enterprises. The "Virtualized Services Platform" (VSP), announced on Tuesday by Nuage, is a proprietary network virtualization overlay that uses distributed …
Jack Clark, 02 Apr 2013

Alcatel-Lucent tinkers with Telstra's enterprise network

Telstra is revamping the network smarts of its enterprise IP offerings in an Asia Pacific-first roll out of the Alcatel –Lucent supplied Application Assured Networking (AAN) service. The AAN solution aims to amplify the performance of cloud based services and virtual private networks (VPNs) for enterprise customers. Telstra …

Alcatel Lucent battles unions in bid to slash 5,500 jobs

Ailing telecoms kit maker Alcatel Lucent is facing a typically robust response from French unions as it tries to slash costs, and over 5,000 jobs, in a bid to compete better - especially against low-cost rivals from China. The firm first announced plans to cut more than six per cent from its 78,000 strong global workforce back …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Oct 2012
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Alcatel-Lucent's Malaysian slap over

Malaysian operators Axiata Group and Telekom Malaysia have lifted a year-long operating suspension on Alcatel-Lucent. The two carriers had imposed the ban on Alcatel-Lucent in March following the scandal that ensued when the US Securities and Exchange Commission and US Justice Department made documents public alleging that the …

IT sector needs to keep getting greener: Alcatel-Lucent study

The IT industry needs to work on efficiency to curb its unrelenting demand for electricity – and even if it does, by 2020 it will be responsible for four per cent of the world's greenhouse gas output, according to an Alcatel-Lucent-funded study. The assessment, conducted by BIO Intelligence Services, suggests that the four per …
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Alcatel-Lucent secures biggest GPON deal in China

China Unicom has selected Alcatel-Lucent as the key supplier for its proposed fibre broadband access network, one of the largest GPON broadband projects in China to date. Alcatel-Lucent beat local Chinese vendors Huawei, ZTE and Fibrehome to secure the deal. The deployment includes the extension of China Unicom’s broadband …
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Alcatel-Lucent hacks off an arm for $1.5bn

Alcatel-Lucent has sold off its Genesys division to investment fund Permira for $1.5bn (£952m), but will hang onto its "enterprise" operation as no one seems to want it. The deal should complete around the end of the year, and will transfer Genesys, which turned over $500m last year by flogging customer-support software, to one …
Bill Ray, 19 Oct 2011
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Alcatel-Lucent opens up Aladdin's cave of patents

Alcatel-Lucent has joined an international patent licencing syndicate RPX Corp which will open up its portfolio of 29,000 issued patents and expects to reap a handsome fiscal return. The RPX model allows the owners of IP to make some dosh out of their latent smarts, without the legal headaches. Participation in the new …
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Alcatel-Lucent sin-binned in Malaysia

Australia's NBN Co has refused to comment on the woes of its key network provider Alcatel Lucent in Malaysia. The vendor has been banned from bidding on any new telecommunications contracts for a year by Telekom Malaysia and mobile operator Axiata. The exclusion stems from fallout over the Alcatel-Lucent's admission that it took …
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Alcatel Lucent ponders offload of enterprise unit

Alcatel Lucent has confirmed it is investigating the best way forward for its enterprise biz, which could include offloading it to a third party. Feverish industry talk about the future of the unit – which punts enterprise switching, IP telephony and contact centre software – has been rife since April, when Siemens Enterprise …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2011
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Alcatel-Lucent pays to shut down US bribery probe

Alcatel-Lucent has agreed to pay the US government $137m to drop probes of illegal kickbacks it allegedly paid to win contracts in Latin America and Asia. The payout will close a regulatory investigation by the Securities Exchange Commission, and a criminal investigation by the Justice Department. "We take responsibility for …
Team Register, 29 Dec 2010
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Alcatel Lucent goes black

Alcatel Lucent returned to profit in the second quarter on the back of cost-cutting and some market share gains in IP and optics. Sales climbed a little more than 2 per cent to €3.9bn and operating profits were €108m compared to losses of €184m a year earlier. CEO Ben Verwaayen, installed three years ago to revive the fortunes …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2011

Alcatel-Lucent touts bit-blazing 100Gbps for Kiwi NBN

French telco vendor Alcatel-Lucent is sending in the big guns – its 100Gbps metro networking – to New Zealand, as the competition to supply the government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative heats up. Alcatel-Lucent is bidding for the contract to supply electronics for the Layer 2 part of the UFB network currently and brought over …
Juha Saarinen, 17 Mar 2011
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Alcatel-Lucent bribery scandal reverberates in Australia

Alcatel-Lucent is facing a refreshed raft of trouble: a US federal judge has decided that Costa Rican telecommunication company ICE can challenge the US$137 million criminal settlement between the vendor and the US Department of Justice finalised last year. ICE received approval last week to seek victim status in the bribery …

French telco vendors line up with government on 5G

A group of French telcos is warning that Europe could fall behind Asia in the race towards 5G, and has launched a joint effort to stave off the threat. “Club France”, reports Paris financial outlet Les Echos, is an Alcatel-Lucent-led effort whose members include Orange, Thales, LTE chip-maker Sequans Communications, and base …

NEC, Alca-Lu win Sea-Me-We 5 build contracts

NEC and Alcatel-Lucent are to divvy up the planned Sea-Me-We 5 submarine cable build. The cable's consortium has awarded hundreds of millions of dollars worth of build contracts for the anticipated 2016 switch-on. The new 20,000-km cable is planned to run from Singapore to France via the Middle East, and will have a design …

Alca-Lu plots enterprise exit, again

Alcatel-Lucent once again hopes to exit the enterprise business to concentrate on the carrier and service provider markets. Reuters is reporting the move as part of Alca-Lu's plan to shed €1 billion worth of assets by 2015. The news agency's sources have told it that Lazard Limited is advising the vendor on the sale. Finding a …
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Alcatel gets free and easy with OpenPlug

Alcatel Lucent has decided to hand out the developer version of OpenPlug free to drive more Adobe Flex development. Cross-platform development environment OpenPlug doesn't need Adobe Flex; it can plug in to Eclipse too, though that's an "alpha" release. The product is clearly intended for developers wanting to take Actionscript …
Bill Ray, 28 Apr 2011
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George Nazi assumes Alcatel 'senior execution role'

Our piece last week on the strange case of the Finnish mutt and his piss-taking Nazi salute contained the following Bootnote - a desperate attempt to justify a piece of Friday frivolity: Those seeking some IT angle on this story may care to note that Alcatel-Lucent has just hired a "quality assurance and customer care" …
Lester Haines, 10 Jan 2011
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Ex-BT boss off to Alcatel-Lucent

Ben Verwaayen, who spent six years as CEO of BT, is joining Alcatel-Lucent as chief executive. Verwaayen will work with Philippe Camus, who starts as Chairman on 1 October. He was credited with helping BT's apparent turnaround, moving from a voice to broadband provider and cutting jobs in the process. Alcatel-Lucent's previous …
John Oates, 02 Sep 2008
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Contractors and managers hit in Alcatel-Lucent layoffs

Recently-installed Alcatel-Lucent boss Ben Verwaayen has wasted little time in swinging the axe - today the firm said 1,000 managers and 5,000 contractors are for the chop. The company-wide cost-cutting programme is planned to save €1bn per year in the next two years. The loss-making telecoms equipment maker said it will break …
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Microsoft loses Alcatel-Lucent patent legal spat

Microsoft lost a lawsuit yesterday in which it alleged that Alcatel-Lucent had violated software patents used in business telephone networks. The US International Trade Commission (ITC) said on Tuesday that the French-American networking group Alcatel-Lucent was not guilty of infringing four patents for software used in a …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 May 2008

Alca-Lu posts loss, share price rises

The combination of American growth, continuing staff cuts and an ongoing restructure last week delivered a narrowing quarterly loss for Alcatel-Lucent. On sales of €3.67 billion ($US5 billion), the vendor turned in a not-catastrophic net loss of €200 million ($US275 million), weighed down by €335 million ($US461 million) in …

AdaptiveMobile joins Chipzilla's SDN club

Dublin-based AdaptiveMobile has joined Intel's Network Builders software defined networks-network function virtualisation (SDN/NFV) program. The company says its participation in the program will deliver “NFV-ready service assurance”. AdaptiveMobile's announcement notes that its software was already designed to run on generic …
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Alcatel-Lucent to eject '1,000 IT staff' into HP

Alcatel is to transfer about 1,000 workers to HP as part of a ten year "alliance" between the two firms that will see the Californian firm take over most of the French telecoms company's IT operations. The firms described their tie-up as a "10-year global alliance to help customers leverage the convergence of telecommunication …
Joe Fay, 18 Jun 2009

Indonesia plans 10 Gbps FTTP as part of 20-million-premises broadband project

Indonesia is the latest country to announce a mass deployment of fibre-to-the-home, and has tapped Alcatel-Lucent for the rollout. During February, Telkom Akses (the infrastructure arm of incumbent Telkom) declared 2014 the year it will “build greatness”, and on March 7, it stated (Google translation) a target of passing 20 …
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Alcatel-Lucent loses $1.5bn MP3 patent claim against MS

Microsoft will not have to pay Alcatel-Lucent $1.5bn in damages, after a lower court threw out the jury’s verdict in a fight over MP3 patents. The software giant yesterday successfully convinced the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that Microsoft shouldn’t be required to cough up damages to Alcatel-Lucent, which is …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2008
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HP CEO Meg Whitman dons TRIPLE CROWN of POWER

HP CEO and president Meg Whitman has consolidated power at the top of the corporation by taking on the role of chairman as well. The manoeuvring comes days after HP confirmed that Ralph Whitworth is to step down due to health concerns, the exact nature of which were not revealed. Whitman joined HP's board at the start of 2011 …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2014
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NBN Co reveals THOUSAND-node FTTN trial built by Telstra

NBN Co has selected Telstra as the builder of a 200,000-premises pilot of fibre-to-the-node technology in order to pick the copper from its brains. NBN Co, the company charged with building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), today said the carrier was chosen in order to "leverage Telstra’s expert design …
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Alcatel-Lucent confirms 400 job cuts in France

Alcatel-Lucent said today that it plans to slash 400 jobs in France as part of its brutal cost-cutting strategy to axe 4,000 employees worldwide. The announcement follows on from the networking group's run of dire quarterly results which has seen the firm lurch into the red. Alcatel-Lucent said in a statement that it had …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Feb 2008
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WiLAN files appeal in Apple WiFi case

WiLAN, which last October lost a patent case against Apple that had been settled by companies like Dell, HP and Alcatel-Lucent, has decided to appeal the case. Its original case sought nearly a quarter of a billion from Cupertino, but a US jury not only flicked its suit, but also invalidated some of the claims in the WiLAN …
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Alcatel-Lucent opens wallet for NetD

Alcatel-Lucent, the French telecom equipment company, is to buy NetDevices, a privately held producer of device gateways for large businesses. Financial terms are undisclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of Alcatel-Lucent's fiscal 2007 (subject the usual standard closing conditions) When the dust …
Austin Modine, 14 May 2007
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Bell Labs predicts metro traffic explosion

Bell Labs is predicting that content caching close to users plus continuing deployment of new data centres is going to skyrocket between now and 2017. Of course, Bell Labs has a certain amount of conflict-of-interest here, given Alcatel-Lucent's position in the networking market. However, some of its suggestions seem to make …

Nextgen rolls 100G, muxes about to 400G

Nextgen Networks is rolling out 100 Gbps as the next upgrade to its network, with plans afoot to kick that along to 400 Gbps as demand rises. The 400 Gbps capability has already been tested, Nextgen says, as a proof of concept with its supplier Alcatel-Lucent – on a live network, without interrupting customer traffic. The …
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Alca-Lu joins race to make telco networks more cloudy

Alcatel-Lucent has joined the growing list of telco vendors bowing to the inevitable and giving their kit a more cloudy flavour. The company has announced new versions of a slew of its mobile portfolio that break the nexus between the hardware that ships bits around and the software that controls it. It's a bowing to the …
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Alcatel-Lucent reports write-off headache

Alcatel-Lucent has admitted its outlook is dire after it disclosed it would be writing down $4.3bn of assets. The French-American networking group, which has been undergoing a painful cost-cutting strategy to slash 4,000 global jobs in an attempt to pull the company out of the red, said in a statement that, excluding the …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Feb 2008
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Alcatel-Lucent bosses walk as net loss tops €1bn

Alcatel-Lucent today posted a second quarter net loss of €1.1bn ($1.7bn), and announced CEO Patricia Russo and chairman Serge Tchuruk would step down by the end of 2008. The world’s largest telecoms equipment supplier’s hefty net loss for Q2 surpassed analyst expectations and far exceeded the €586m loss for the same period a …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jul 2008
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Alcatel-Lucent merger results disappoint

Alcatel-Lucent said today it expects revenues for the fourth quarter of 2006, ended 31 December, to be about €3.87bn - essentially flat on last year. The firm blamed spending shifts in north America, expecially in the last quarter, for the shortfall. The company expects to make revenue of €12.3bn for the full year and reported …
John Oates, 23 Jan 2007
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Apple bats away WiLAN cellular data patents sueball

Intellectual property licensing company WiLAN has lost a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, despite scoring settlements against companies like Dell and HP. The company was looking for $248m from the fruity firm for wireless tech used in its mobile devices, but a jury decided in just over an hour that Apple's products …

Wi-Lan loses 3GPP patent suit

Wi-Lan seems a step closer to having to wear the tag “patent troll”, with an East Texas federal jury tossing out its patent suit against Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, HTC and Sony. The patents at issue had been acquired from Airspan Networks. They included techniques such as channel pooling, subscriber terminals (mobile phones), and …
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Alcatel-Lucent wants more Microsoft money

Alcatel-Lucent is not satisfied with the $1.5bn Microsoft has been ordered to pay for violating two MP3 patents, and is seeking additional damages. Alcatel-Lucent claims damages awarded by a San Diego US District Court in February only cover the bill for patent infringements through November 2005. The company seeks a recount to …
Austin Modine, 15 May 2007
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French boffins: Regard, our record-breaking long, fat, wet pipe

Boffins have designed a new underwater network pipe which can transmit data at record-breaking speeds. Researchers at Alcatel-Lucent claim their new cable is three times faster than the "most advanced underwater cables currently in use". Working at Alcatel-Lucent’s Innovation City campus in Villarceaux near Paris, boffins from …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jul 2013