Alcatel-Lucent Outlines 2007 Focus

Alcatel-Lucent today outlined the course ahead for the more than 80-day-old combined company, led by the theme of transformation.

The tagline? Because the world is always on.

We now have one vision, said Mary Chan, wireless business group president at Alcatel-Lucent. Its all about putting intelligence into the network to bring applications and innovation to the marketplace.

By integrating the assets of the two vendors, the company has emerged with a united portfolio for wireless, wireline, IMS/convergence and professional services. The combined portfolio also falls into three buckets: service, network and business transformation. The first includes multimedia, multi-access and multidevice service delivery; the network initiatives will center on a smooth path to IP networking and service-aware transport; and the third bucket includes integration, implementation and scalable, common platforms.

2006 was an extraordinary year, with more than 55 million blogs deployed, said Mark Rouanne, convergence business group president. We now have a marketplace where the end user decides what they want, and they are in control. They define the way they want to interact, and thats new.

Accordingly, the vendor will focus on a distributed software strategy across the network, for service control, IP multimedia control, IP backbone services and access networks. By putting distributed intelligence into it, we can offer the user things like data federation, meaning they have a single password log-in to be able to port content across networks and presence management, said Rouanne.

Its not just groovy new services that are important to the company. Chan said Alcatel-Lucent is also firmly committed to delivering low-cost voice to the next billion subscribers.

Alcatel-Lucent announced several wireless customer wins at 3GSM, including China Telecom, Vodacom Spain, T-Mobile and Mobile kom Austria. It also announced an exclusive relationship with Sprint Nextel Corp. to move its push-to-talk infrastructure from IDEN to 3G, in concert with Qualcomm Inc., and it will be developing push-to-see technology going forward.


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