Alcatel-Lucent completes its acquisition of Nortel’s UMTS radio access business
Paris, January 2, 2007 — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) announced today that, after all regulatory approval have been met, the acquisition of Nortel’s UMTS radio access business (UTRAN) and related assets has been completed on December 31st, 2006. In recent weeks, the two companies have achieved a number of significant milestones, the most important being the signature of the definitive agreement on December 4th, 2006.
Nortel received a closing cash payment of US$ 320 million less significant deductions.
With this acquisition, one in four UMTS operators – about 40 customers around the world – use Alcatel-Lucent UMTS solutions.Together with strengthened R&D and a broad products and solutions portfolio, Alcatel-Lucent is now uniquely positioned to lead the network technological evolutions from 3G to 4G – relying on its OFDMA, SDR and MIMO* expertise – to address the customers’ needs of today and tomorrow while realizing economies of scale.
“This acquisition will enable the development teams to leverage additional capabilities from the integration into the broader Alcatel-Lucent and we count on the focus of the teams to deliver superior performance in the UMTS domain going forward", said Vivek Badrinath, France Telecom Group EVP Information Technology Networks & product Support.
Commenting on the deal, Boris Nemsic, CEO of mobilkom austria said, “we count on Alcatel-Lucent to serve the needs of mobilkom group moving forward”.
“Our customers will clearly benefit from the high value this acquisition brings, and the pre-integration work has progressed very well. Our combined expertise and portfolios will enable us to deliver the most compelling UMTS offer for our customers, allowing them to provide their subscribers with innovative and high-speed 3G services. Our aim is to achieve the optimum combination of Alcatel-Lucent and Nortel’s technologies, with minimum customer disruption. We are well positioned to capture the UMTS market growth opportunity,” said Mary Chan, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s wireless activities.
With its undisputable wireless technology portfolio, encompassing CDMA/EV-DO, UMTS/HSPA, GSM/EDGE and WiMAX, Alcatel-Lucent is the only player positioned to craft 4G, taking the best from all technologies, to shape the future and deliver mobile broadband for all.
* OFDMA: Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access
SDR: Software Defined Radio
MIMO: Multiple Input – Multiple Output
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With 79,000 employees and operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved proforma combined revenues of Euro 18.6 billion in 2005, and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. [All figures exclude impact of activities to be transferred to Thales]. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
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