Alcatel Lucent


date of creation


number of employees

72 000


Alcatel-Lucent was founded in 2006 through a merger of Alcatel and Lucent, an American and French telecommunication services companies. First year after the merger was challenging for Alcatel-Lucent, and forced it to cut a significant amount of jobs, despite a negative impact on corporate reputation of the company.

Alcatel-Lucent attempted to rescue the company by several strategic acquisitions. The following year, the group acquired Tropic Networks Optical Networks Canada and the NetDevices, a developer of services gateway products for enterprise networks, as well as Thompson Advisory Group, a communication consultancy company and Tamblin, a TV-technology provider.

In 2008, to increase competition against Ericson, Huawei and ZTE, Alcatel- Lucent signed a cooperation agreement with NEC Corporation, a Japanese industrial giant specializing in IT and communication. In January 2013, still facing financial difficulties, the Alcatel- Lucent group took a decision to borrow 2 billion euros and pledge its 29,000 patents. In October 2013, the new CEO of Alcatel- Lucent announced a radical restructuring plan that entailed some strategic investments, and would result in cutting of jobs and closure of some offices.


Key facts

Alcatel-Lucent is a telecommunication solutions provider, offering products and services to the companies operating fixed and mobile access, as well as IP and cloud networking . Alcatel-Lucent customers include enterprises, service providers, and government agencies.

Alcatel-Lucent operates in four key areas: IP platform management, routing management, IP transmission, and mobile and fixed network management.

Research and development is very important for Alcatel-Lucent, making it one of the most innovative companies worldwide. The group is included in the Thomson Reuters top 100 innovators list. In 2013, Alcatel-Lucent was named an Industry Group Leader for Technology Hardware & Equipment sector by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices.

Alcatel-Lucent operates across more than 130 countries.

In 2013, the Group’s reported total revenues in amount of 14.4 billion Euros.

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    Michel Combes

    Michel Combes, born on the 19th of March 1962, is a CEO of Alcatel Lucent.