Alcatel- Lucent S. A. is one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers in the field of telecommunications and networking equipment. The company was formed in 2006 from the merger of the French company Alcatel and the U.S. company Lucent Technologies.

Alcatel -Lucent offers telecommunications network operators, Internet service providers, as well as businesses and public institutions integrated power solutions for the construction of voice and data networks. Not for Alcatel- Lucent - Group is one of the mobile phone manufacturer Alcatel One Touch - this is a subsidiary of the Chinese TLC Group.

The headquarters of the new company is located in Paris, France. The company is based in the United States is the former Lucent 's headquarters in Murray Hill, New Jersey.


Back in 2001, took the two groups the first attempt at a merger. However, they failed initially in the evaluation of the American Lucent Technologies.

On 2 April 2006, the merger was announced again. The Alcatel board of directors approved the acquisition of Lucent on 30 November 2006 with effect from 1 December 2006.

Operationally, the Group was initially led by the former head of Lucent Patricia Russo as CEO. She was thus the first American woman at the head of a French conglomerate. Alcatel CEO Serge Tchuruk took over as Chairman of the Board is one of oversight. The takeover by the French Alcatel required the approval of U.S. President George W. Bush, because Lucent was as an American high-tech company that works with Bell Labs in military research.

From 2 September 2008 to 31 March 2013, the company was led by Ben Verwaayen as CEO, this task was taken over by Michel Combes on 1 April 2013.


As part of the merger, the areas of safety and signaling equipment were delivered in January 2007 to Thales and increases in return for participation in the French defense firms of 9.46 % to 20.95%. In April, the satellite business, which was also given to Thales followed. In spring 2009, Alcatel- Lucent, Thales sold its stake in Dassault Aviation.

The first financial year of the new company was marked by difficulties in restructuring and high pressure due to competition in the telecommunications market. Several times had to be pronounced profit warnings due to high losses in the quarterly balance sheets. The CFO has been replaced. Instead of the originally announced 12,500 should be removed by 2009 another 4,000 points. Further restructuring measures followed.

In June 2009, Alcatel- Lucent is with Hewlett -Packard (HP ) is a " global alliance ".

Organizational structure of Alcatel- Lucent

Alcatel- Lucent is divided into three geographical regions: a region includes Asia- Pacific & China (APAC ), the second Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA ) and the third the Americas Americas consisting of North America Region (NAR ) and Carribbean and Latin America ( CALA ). Among the three business areas include the Carrier Product Group, the operator market, the Enterprise Product Group to corporate customers and the Services Group as a service division for all customer segments. In addition, there are several key functions within the company such as the globally integrated supply chain and procurement, finance, information technology, marketing, human resources, legal and communications departments.

Research and innovation

According to the company about 23,000 employees of Alcatel- Lucent in the research and development work (including a core research team of 1,000 scientists and researchers in eight countries ). This includes Bell Labs, headquartered in New Jersey, USA. Alcatel- Lucent has invested in 2009 approximately 2.4 billion euros in research and development and holds 27,600 active patents. Thus, Alcatel- Lucent regarded as one of the drivers of innovation in the global communications research and development. Around 500 experts from Alcatel- Lucent are represented in over 100 worldwide standardization bodies.


  • Solutions for voice and data networks for enterprises and service providers ( from the LAN and WLAN to metro networks, including ISDN, SDH, PDH, telephone switches, DSLAM technology for xDSL access technologies, ATM / IP switches and routers )
  • Mobile networks (GSM GPRS, UMTS, LTE, CDMA2000, WiMAX)
  • Solutions for communication in business and government ( PBXs, IP telephony with SIP, IP network infrastructure, network management, security solutions, contact center and unified communications )
  • Multimedia services for network operators (Triple- Play solutions, IPTV applications and system integration, Mobile TV)

Corporate Design

The logo of Alcatel- Lucent is a stylized infinity symbol. Are embedded in a "A" and "L". The design was created by Euro RSCG, an advertising agency, the French Havas Group.

Alcatel- Lucent in Germany

Alcatel- Lucent is actively through various predecessor companies and acquisitions for over 100 years in Germany. The headquarters is located in Stuttgart; additional locations in Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Hanover, Munich, Neu-Isenburg and Nuremberg. Offices in major cities serve the corporate customers. Moreover operates Alcatel- Lucent in Germany since March 2007, the E- Plus network, and since July 1, 2010, the BOS digital radio network for authorities and organizations with security tasks ( BOS) such as police authorities, emergency services, fire services, Technical Relief and Bundeswehr.

Some of the major customers of Alcatel- Lucent in Germany: BT Global Services, German Telekom, E -Plus, Netcologne, O ₂ Germany, QSC, Vodafone as well as the armed forces and corporate clients such BEON, the Henkel Group or the pharmaceutical company Merck.

Alcatel- Lucent in Switzerland

Alcatel- Lucent is active in Switzerland for over 70 years. It is headquartered in Zurich, with locations in Bern and Geneva. With the acquisition of the first carrier network outsourcing in Switzerland for the Orange mobile network on 1 January 2008 came 146 Orange employees to Alcatel-Lucent Switzerland. To 1 August 2008, Sunrise also outsourced from its network operations and 290 employees were transferred to Alcatel -Lucent. Work by August 1, 2008 693 employees at Alcatel -Lucent Switzerland, with sales in 2007 amounted to 180 million CHF.

Among the customers of Alcatel- Lucent Switzerland include Swisscom, Cablecom, SBB, BLS, Nestlé, Swatch, the cantonal banks, Manor, CERN and Calida.

Among other things, Alcatel- Lucent has established in Switzerland, the infrastructure for IP telephony of the largest cable operator Cablecom ( around 250,000 " digital phone " customers ) as well as the broadband access from Swisscom ( around 1.5 million ADSL customers).