Alcatel-Lucent Struggles to Remain a Leader in Telecommunications

Alcatel-Lucent was formed in December 2006 via the merger of two large telecommunications companies, Alcatel and Lucent Technologies, who were actually major players in the telecommunications industry since the late 19th century. They were originally La Compagnie Generale d’Electricite (CGE) and Western Electric Manufacturing Company, respectively, until Western Electric Manufacturing Company was bought out by American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T).

Alcatel-Lucent, as the company is now known, is a French global telecommunications company based in Paris, France that specializes in fixed, mobile, and converged networking hardware, IP technologies, software, and services. They have 72,344 employees, with global operations in 130 different countries, generating a reported 14.446 billion euros in annual revenue.

However, they have been recording negative cash flows for the last 7 years, which has consequently resulted in the announcement of plans to reduce their workforce by 10,000 employees (14% of their total workforce) in order to reduce an estimated 1 billion euros in costs. Despite these financial troubles, Alcatel-Lucent is still ranked as the largest technology supersector leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. They own Bell Laboratories, one of the largest R&D facilities in the telecommunications industry, which holds over 29,000 patents and has been awarded 7 Nobel Prizes. In addition to their core competency in telecommunications, they also serve a niche market of non-telecom customers with specialized needs: Enterprise, Submarine, Strategic Industries: Transportation (Airports, Highways, Railways), Energy (Power Utilities, Oil & Gas), and the Public Sector as well (State and Local Governments, Public Safety, and Defense Industries).

Alcatel-Lucent continues to strive to be a leader in providing innovations IP and cloud networking as well, in addition to their ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access services. They have invested an average of 2.5 billion euros a year in research & development to ensure they can remain at the forefront of telecommunications technologies around the world. If you are operating telecommunications equipment and require Alcatel-Lucent parts, look no further than ASAP Semiconductor. We pride ourselves in being a leading distributor of Alcatel equipment and any other telecommunications products you may need. We have a vast inventory and a comprehensive 24/7 database to procure any parts we do not have. Contact us at and someone will be ready to assist you.

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