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Alcatel and Lucent to Merge 174

Cappella writes "It is confirmed. Alcatel and Lucent are combining to form a USD $25 billion entity. This marks a new wave of telecommunications company consolidation in the next few months to come." They first tried to work out a merger five years ago, but finally, at long last, it's come to fruition.
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Alcatel and Lucent to Merge

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 02, 2006 @03:48PM (#15046562)

    will Wall St. be happy when there is 1 company in the whole world that owns everything ? what happens then ? do we start the economy from scratch again ?

    seems like we are on a 1 way road to nowhere, its not a matter of if but when, unless of course unlimited growth and profits has managed to beat infinity

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 02, 2006 @03:52PM (#15046572)
    So maybe my LU stock will finally rise???
  • Re:AT&T (Score:5, Interesting)

    by fm6 ( 162816 ) on Sunday April 02, 2006 @04:03PM (#15046608) Homepage Journal
    Since the new company will be headquartered in Paris, it would have to be French Electric.
  • Naperville (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 02, 2006 @04:08PM (#15046619)
    Does anyone know what this means for jobs in Lucent's Naperville location?
  • by cubicledrone ( 681598 ) on Sunday April 02, 2006 @04:18PM (#15046669)
    They've laid off over 100,000 people in the past couple of years, and are now looking at another 9,000 or so with this merger.

    Oh yeah. Now that's free market capitalism at it's best! What? No, that's what "free market" means: shit all over the wage earners.

    Now they can start figuring out ways to fuck over customers.

  • by Mowie_X ( 600765 ) on Sunday April 02, 2006 @04:38PM (#15046725) Homepage
    The whole industry is very incestuous. It will save a lot of money from both companies kitty used to lure employees from the other. Don't count this as minor savings either. It was not uncommon at all for Lucent to fly Cisco/Nortel employees from Can to US for an interview at the spur of the moment -- including putting them up in hotel, costs, etc...

    I do suspect this will lead to a lot of layoffs however. Do they really need 2 wireless divisions doing exactly the same thing?
  • Does Bush know? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by tootlemonde ( 579170 ) on Sunday April 02, 2006 @07:27PM (#15047279)

    Back at the beginning of Clinton's first term, lobbyists from Western Electric alerted him that the White House switchboard was a product of Northern Telecom. NorTel is nominally a Canadian company but this particular switch was made by its Raleigh, N.C. plant that employed 20,000 American workers and was installed by an American company.

    Clinton had the system ripped out and replaced by a good ole Western Electric product. Lucent is the successor company to Western Electric. Unless the something has changed in the intervening years, the French now control the White House telecom system.

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