Release date: 2006-04-02

Compagnie Financière Alcatel Announces Merger Agreement with Lucent Technologies

(PRZOOM - Press & Newswire) —  Paris, France, 2006-04-02 - The transaction will build upon the complementary strengths of each company to create a global leader of next-generation wireless, and converged networks.


More info about the recent merger will be announced on tomorrow.

"This combination is about a strategic fit between two experienced and well-respected global communications leaders who together will become the global leader in convergence," said Serge Tchuruk, chairman and CEO of Alcatel who will become non-executive chairman of the combined company. "A combined Alcatel and Lucent will be global in scale, have clear leadership in the areas that will define next-generation networks, boast one of the largest research and development capabilities focused on communications, and employ the largest and most experienced global services team in the industry. It will create enhanced value for shareholders of both companies who will benefit from owning the most dynamic, global player in the communications industry.": source Lucent Technologies

Commitments to customers and stakeholders

"Our customers will benefit from a partner with the scale and scope to design, build and manage increasingly converged networks that deliver the most advanced communications services to the market. That is what this combination will deliver with an unparalleled focus on execution, innovation and service for our customers," said Patricia Russo. "Serge and I will work hard with our leadership team to draw upon the key strengths and common culture of technical excellence within each company to uniquely position the combined company for success, growth and value creation from next-generation networking and services."

About Lucent
Lucent designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent's customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information on Lucent, which has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., U.S.A

About Alcatel
Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or employees. Alcatel brings its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks, applications and services, to help its partners and customers build a user-centric broadband world. With sales of EURO 13.1 billion and 58,000 employees in 2005, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.

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