At Interop this week, Alcatel-Lucent updated its wired/wireless unified access portfolio with a new access switch, and SDN and application analytics extensions.
The enhancements build upon Alcatel-Lucent's unified access strategy announced last fall. The strategy competes with those from Cisco, HP, Brocade and Extreme Networks.
Alcatel-Lucent is betting big on operators wanting to virtualize their mobile networks using NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) technology, in order to become more nimble and less reliant on proprietary hardware.
Virtualization has already changed how enterprises build and manage their IT infrastructure, and now mobile operators are looking at doing the same thing, and vendors are re-architecting their products. Purported advantages include lower costs and faster deployment of new services.
Alcatel-Lucent's revenue remained flat, but the company turned a year-earlier loss into a net profit for the fourth quarter, it reported Thursday.
The company has also found a buyer for its enterprise networking unit, it said.
LGS Innovations, a company formed during the Alcatel-Lucent merger to supply technology to the U.S. government, has been sold to a pair of U.S.-based investment companies for about US$200 million.
With its new-found focus on IP networking and fast broadband access, Alcatel-Lucent is poised to take advantage of a worldwide explosion in mobile devices and the rush of service providers and operators to the cloud, company executives said at the networking vendor's tech symposium this week.
This would be the second time in three years that the French company attempted to unload the unit.
Alcatel-Lucent is reportedly looking again to sell its enterprise business as it attempt to cut expenses through an asset sale.
L’équipementier télécoms a trouvé des leviers pour se désendetter et restaurer la compétitivité. Mais le plan social reste lourd à porter en France : 900 postes supprimés. Pour respecter ses engagements financiers d’ici 2015, Alcatel-Lucent compte réduire sa dette en levant des fonds.
L’équipementier télécoms cherche à réunir un montant d’1,5 milliard d’euros en exploitant plusieurs leviers :
Alcatel-Lucent is offering its enterprise switch users a free software upgrade to converge wired Ethernet networks with wireless from Aruba Networks.
Aruba and Alcatel-Lucent have had a longtime partnership to jointly market and integrate each other's products. This software upgrade is an extension of that and is designed to bring all campus networking products under one view with consistent BYOD management.
Nokia mènerait, en interne, des discussions remettant sur la table l’idée d’un rapprochement avec le Franco-Américain Alcatel-Lucent. Voici quelques années que les bruits de couloir circulent autour d’un éventuel rapprochement des deux équipementiers télécoms Nokia et Alcatel-Lucent. S’il est encore trop tôt pour envisager cette issue, la situation et les orientations stratégiques des deux groupes rendent l’hypothèse d’autant plus plausible à moyen terme.
Alcatel-Lucent's second-quarter revenue grew 1.9 percent year on year, driven by strong growth in sales of IP networking equipment, one of the markets on which the company is pinning its future.
However, the company reported a net loss of €885 million (US$1.15 billion) for the quarter, including an impairment charge of €552 million following a re-evaluation of assets, and restructuring charges of €194 million, among other things, the company said.
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