HP, Alcatel-Lucent Form Global IT Alliance

HP and Alcatel-Lucent have signed a relationship agreement, saying they will form a 10-year global alliance to help customers leverage the convergence of telecommunication and IT. The companies will jointly market solutions and capabilities that enable end-to-end transformation for service providers and enterprises. The companies plan to launch a global go-to-market program to transform communication […]

Enterprise Telephony Market Down 14%

The worldwide enterprise telephony market dropped 14 percent sequentially in fourth quarter 2008 to $2.3 billion, with vendor revenue down for all types of equipment — pure IP PBX, hybrid PBX and TDM PBX, according to a new report from Infonetics Research. The main cause of the decline is the lack of new business creation […]

Downgrade Monday: AT&T, Alcatel, Nortel Slammed

AT&T Inc. (T), Nortel Networks Corp. (NT) and Alcatel-Lucent  (ALU) all closed down Monday after separate agencies downgraded the companies’ credit ratings. Goldman Sachs cut AT&T’s to Neutral from Buy, citing, among other reasons, “incremental operating challenges.” Nortel now sits just above junk status because, according to Moody’s, its “existing cash flow will be slowly depleted.” The […]

Fully Loaded: Latest IP PBXs for SMBs Embed Business Applications

Telecommunications manufacturers continued to focus on the SMB telephony market throughout 2007. Among the new entries in 2007 are SMB systems that come complete with preloaded business applications, eliminating the need for the separate software or hardware that is typical with traditional PBX systems. Database and analyst group TelecomTactics, a division of The Telecom Intelligence […]

Markey Revives Net Neutrality Debate

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., revived the net neutrality debate on Wednesday when he introduced the Internet Freedom Preservation Act. The bill appeared the day after Comcast Corp. filed comments with the FCC defending its need to manage its network however it chooses. Comcast faces criticism for apparently slowing P2P content such as that from Vuze, […]

Despite Tough 2007, Alcatel-Lucent Ended on a High Note

Alcatel-Lucent reported Friday it had a better-than-expected fourth quarter, but noted that 2007 as a whole the first full year for the recently combined entity was obviously a difficult one. 2007 was certainly a year of challenge for us, said CEO Patricia Russo. We had an awful lot to do. That said, a number of […]

Verizon Chooses LTE

Verizon Wireless has finally made a decision on 4G, and its the expected one: the operator said on Thursday it plans to upgrade its network to Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, and will begin trials in 2008. No timeframe has been given for building the network, but Arun Sarin, CEO of Verizons corporate parent Vodafone […]

Alcatel-Lucent to Cut 4,000 Jobs on 3Q Losses

Alcatel-Lucent on Wednesday posted its third consecutive quarterly loss, resulting in thousands of job cuts and the departure of the companys CFO. The worlds largest telecom equipment maker reported a net loss of $459.7 million in the third quarter of 2007. Revenue fell 11 percent. Embattled CEO Patricia Russo remains on the job. Rumors have […]

CTIA: In Case You Missed It

The many announcements at CTIA were mostly content-related, and mostly fun. Here is a sampling: * Sprint Nextel continued its support of a multidevice, open-access world. The growth in wireless so far has been in handsets, but theres another industry looking to enhance the devices that are in peoples lives, said Sprints senior vice president […]

CTIA: Alcatel-Lucent Announces University Program, Partnerships

Alcatel-Lucent made several announcements this week at CTIA in San Francisco, including a university program and partnerships with Sprint Nextel and Cellular South. The Alcatel-Lucent University Innovations Program will focus on creating applications and services based on emerging technologies and trends in the industry such as convergence for blended and personalized services based on IMS […]

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