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“With Alcatel-Lucent's industry-leading GPON solution, we will be able to offer our customers a whole new range of next-generation, ultraband applications that leverage our network's true gigabit speeds. All in all, we will soon be able to offer our...
1020 Placecast teams with Alcatel-Lucent on mobile ad service - BtoB Magazine
By Christopher Hosford San Francisco—Location-based advertising company 1020 Placecast has teamed with international telecom company Alcatel-Lucent to offer mobile service providers a mobile ad service aimed at opt-in customers....
Alcatel-Lucent, Placecast marry location with mobile ads - TelephonyOnline
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is trying its hand at mobile advertising with the help of location-based advertising provider 1020 Placecast. The companies today announced plans to jointly provide mobile operators and brands with location-targeted ads based...
All roads will eventually lead to super-fast LTE, says telco boss - New Zealand Herald
By Helen Twose The super-fast mobile broadband technology LTE is the way of the future, says technology giant Alcatel-Lucent. In Auckland for the launch of Telecom's new mobile network, Philippe Keryer, president of the French-based group, said LTE,...
WiMAX Gear Maker Alvarion Moving Into Smart Grid - GigaOm
WiMAX gear maker Alvarion, which is one of the top three manufacturers in the industry, along with Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola, told Earth2Tech that it has been doing a couple of pilot projects using WiMAX gear to connect energy data in smart meter...
Alcatel-Lucent may be a backup against Huawei - Economic Times
NEW DELHI: In the event of the government warning BSNL against trojan horses, blackboxes, trapdoors and malwares in equipment supplied by China's Huawei, BSNL plans to approach the French Indian combine of Alcatel-Lucent-ITI to be the backup for the...
UC Market Looks Wide Open - InformationWeek
Alcatel-Lucent and Siemens also make a strong showing, as do Microsoft and IBM, with Nortel still in the hunt at almost 12%. This market share recap reminds us again why Avaya and Siemens are vying to purchase Nortel Enterprise out of bankruptcy....
Alcatel Lucent: Dassault Aviation completes the acquisition of ... - Trading Markets (press release)
A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the...
Alcatel-Lucent Posts 1Q Adj Oper Loss, Confirms Views - Wall Street Journal
By Ruth Bender Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES PARIS (Dow Jones)--Telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) Tuesday swung to a worse-than-expected first-quarter adjusted operating loss, but confirmed it still aims to be close to break-even at the...
Alcatel-Lucent Named One of Top 10 Companies for Commitment to ... - PR Newswire (press release)
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Alcatel-Lucent is a global telecommunications corporation, headquartered in Paris, France. It provides telecommunications solutions to service providers, enterprises and governments around the world, enabling these customers to deliver voice, data and video services. The company focuses on fixed, mobile, and converged broadband networking hardware, IP technologies, software, and services. It leverages the technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation and R&D houses in the communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent has operations in more than 130 countries.

The company is under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Ben Verwaayen and the non-executive Chairman of the Board is Philippe Camus. Verwaayen and Camus joined the company in the third quarter of 2008 after Alcatel-Lucent’s first CEO Patricia Russo and first Chairman Serge Tchuruk resigned. For 2008, the company posted revenues of €16.984 billion and a net loss of €5.215 billion.

Alcatel-Lucent was formed when Alcatel merged with Lucent Technologies on December 1, 2006. However, the company as a whole has been a part of telecommunications industry since the late 19th century. The company has roots in two early telecommunications companies: La Compagnie Générale d'Electricité (CGE) and the Western Electric Manufacturing Company.

Western Electric began in 1869 Elisha Gray and Enos N. Barton started a small manufacturing firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. By 1880, the company had relocated to Chicago, Illinois and become the largest electrical manufacturing company in the U.S. In 1881 the American Bell Telephone Company — founded by Alexander Graham Bell and forerunner of American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) — purchased a controlling interest in Western Electric and made it the exclusive developer and manufacturer of equipment for the Bell telephone companies.

CGE was formed in 1898 by French engineer Pierre Azaria in the Alsace region of France and was a conglomerate involved in industries such as electricity, transportation, electronics and telecommunications. CGE would become a leader in digital communications and would also be known for producing the TGV (train à grande vitesse) high speed trains in France.

Bell Telephone Laboratories was created in 1925 from the consolidation the R&D organizations of Western Electric and AT&T. Bell Labs would make significant scientific advances including: the transistor, the laser, the solar cell battery, the digital signal processor chip, the Unix operating system and the cellular concept of mobile telephone service. Bell Labs researchers have won 11 Nobel Prizes.

Also in 1925, Western Electric sold its International Western Electric Company subsidiary to ITT Corporation. CGE purchased the telecommunications part of ITT in the mid-1980s.

In 1998 Alcatel Alsthom shifted its focus to the telecommunications industry — spinning off its Alsthom activities and changing the company’s name to Alcatel. AT&T spun off Lucent Technologies in April 1996 with an initial public offering.

Facing intense competition in the telecommunications industry, Alcatel and Lucent Technologies announced plans to merge. At the same time, Alcatel announced that it would swap its shares of Alcatel Alenia Space and Telespazio for €673 million and a 12.1% stake in Thales, a key player in the French defense industry. This increased Alcatel’s stake in Thales to 20.8%.

Alcatel-Lucent acquired Nortel's UMTS radio access business at the end of 2006. During 2007 the company acquired Canadian metro WDM networking supplier Tropic Networks, Inc.; enterprise services gateway products developer NetDevices; IPTV software company Tamblin; and the telecommunications consulting practice Thompson Advisory Group, Inc. Alcatel-Lucent acquired Motive, Inc., a provider of service management software for broadband and mobile data services in 2008.

Lucent Technologies filed suit against Gateway and Dell, claiming they had violated patents on MP3, MPEG and other technologies developed by Bell Labs, a division of predecessor company American Telephone & Telegraph. Microsoft voluntarily joined the lawsuit in April 2003, and Alcatel was added after it acquired Lucent. The case, involving a number of patents, is pending in U.S. District Court in San Diego, California.

The first part of the case involved two audio coding patents that Alcatel-Lucent claimed were infringed by Microsoft's Windows Media Player application. Alcatel-Lucent won the trial and $1.52 Billion in damages, but the Judge granted Microsoft's motion for judgment and new trial., Alcatel-Lucent says it will appeal.

In the second part of the case, the Judge ruled that Microsoft had not violated Alcatel-Lucent's patents relating to speech recognition and the case was therefore dismissed before going to trial. Alcatel-Lucent intends to appeal.

The third part of the case involves several user interface-related patents, is scheduled to begin on May 21.

Additional patent infringement cases, some filed by Microsoft and some filed by Alcatel-Lucent, are pending across the U.S..

The logo of the company was designed by the Madrid office of Landor Associates and the corporate image and advertising is managed by the Paris-based advertising agency, Euro RSCG.

The logo vaguely represents A and L which stand for Alcatel and Lucent and also symbolizes infinity.

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Alcatel-Lucent v. Microsoft

The litigation case between Alcatel-Lucent and Microsoft is one of the biggest law-case registered with District court of the United States. The litigation money involved was $1.53 billion for the first patent infringement case. Taking all the six cases that Alcatel and Microsoft filed against each other the amount mounts up to close to $10 billion. The case is considered one of the most important litigation cases of the 21st century. Its final verdict was given in August 2007 at the Federal District Court of the United States in San Diego.

The dispute between Microsoft and Lucent (and later Alcatel-Lucent) began in 2003 when Lucent Technologies (acquired by Alcatel in 2006) filed suit against Gateway and Dell in U.S. District Court, San Diego, California. Lucent claimed in this first San Diego case that Dell and Gateway had violated patents on MP3-related technologies developed by Bell Labs, a division of predecessor company American Telephone & Telegraph. Other patents said to be infringed relate to MPEG video technology, speech technology, internet technology, and other technologies. Microsoft voluntarily joined the lawsuit in April 2003 and Alcatel was added after it acquired Lucent.

After the first San Diego lawsuit was filed, Microsoft and Lucent have filed additional patent lawsuits against each other.

In February 2007, Microsoft filed a lawsuit at the International Trade Commission claiming that Alcatel-Lucent infringed its patents.

There is a second case in San Diego where Microsoft is asserting that Alcatel-Lucent infringes 10 of its patents, and yet another case in Texas where each alleges that the other is infringing its patents.

The first part of the San Diego case involved the '457 and '080 audio coding patents. Alcatel-Lucent claimed that Microsoft's Windows Media Player infringed these patents by virtue of its MP3 capabilities. Testimony was given by inventors James Johnston and Joseph Hall. Coincidently, AT&T inventor James Johnston was employed by Microsoft post-AT&T breakup and during the trial. Additional testimony was taken from Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg, who worked with Johnston at Bell Labs.

On February 22, 2007, a San Diego jury found for Alcatel-Lucent and against Microsoft. Alcatel-Lucent was awarded a record-breaking $1.52 billion in damages. The damages could have been $4.5 billion but the jury was unable to decide if the infringement was "willful." Microsoft disputed the verdict, maintaining that the federal jury's decision was "unsupported by the law or facts", since Microsoft had already paid $16 million to license the technology from Fraunhofer IIS which, it claims, is "the industry-recognized rightful licensor".

Subsequently, on August 6, 2007 the federal judge in San Diego, U.S. District Judge Rudi Brewster, granted Microsoft's motions for Judgment and for new trial, saying that the jury's decision was not supported by the evidence. The Judge's Order found that there was insufficient evidence both for Microsoft's liability and for the damages model used by Alcatel-Lucent. Alcatel-Lucent appealed the judge's decision, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments in July 2007. The Court of appeals published its decision on September 25, 2008, upholding the dismissal of the case by Judge Brewster on two grounds. The court held that Fraunhofer was a joint developer and thus co-owner of one patent, which made Lucent lack standing to sue. The other patent was not infringed because Lucent failed to show that the accused algorithm was ever used.

A week after the first jury verdict, on March 2, Judge Brewster ruled in the second part of the case that Microsoft had not violated Alcatel-Lucent's patents relating to speech recognition and the case was therefore dismissed before going to trial. Alcatel-Lucent stated that it intends to appeal.

The trial in the third part of the San Diego case involved four patents. In April 2008, US jury awarded Alcatel-Lucent $367.4 million in damages after finding that Microsoft had violated two patents related to the user interface in its software. In June 2008, the trial judge upheld the jury's verdict and increased the damage award against Microsoft to $512 million to account for interest.

In the fourth San Diego case, the jury issued its verdict on June 2, 2008. This time both Microsoft and Lucent were asserting that the other side was infringing its patents. The jury found that Lucent did not infringe Microsoft's patents (and one patent was invalid) and that Microsoft's Xbox did not infringe Lucent's patent.

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Fratelli Bologna

Fratelli Bologna is a business theater company based in San Francisco.

The group brings their theater skills to the business world through engaging trade show presentations, creativity training, improv training, meeting facilitation and theatrical interventions during conferences. Fratelli Bologna combines scripted material, original music, improvisation, and dramatic visual imagery to convey complex messages to a wide range of audiences including the leaders of major corporations in the United States and Europe. Clients include Dow Corning Corporation, Lucent Technologies (now Alcatel-Lucent), CHRISTUS Health., Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Innovation, Round Table Pizza, and Disneyland. They won the Drama-Logue Award for best ensemble in 1987.

In 1979 a group of ten men and women performed the Italian masked comedies of the Commedia dell'Arte on the main stage of the Renaissance Pleasure Fair in Novato, California. Called La Famiglia Bologna (the Bologna Family), they performed together for two years.

Richard Dupell founded Fratelli Bologna (originally i Fratelli Bologna) in 1981 with four other actors from the original troupe: John X. Heart, Christopher Beale, Jack Tate and William Hall. Fratelli Bologna, with two additional members of La Famiglia Bologna, Ed Holmes and Drew Letchworth, was cast as the Press Corps in Philip Kaufman's movie The Right Stuff.

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Ben Verwaayen

Bernardus Johannes Maria "Ben" Verwaayen (born February 11, 1952 in Driebergen) is a Dutch businessman. On September 2, 2008 the Alcatel-Lucent board of directors appointed Verwaayen as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Patricia Russo.

Ben Verwaayen is the fifth of six children born to a family who owned a chemicals business in Driebergen. At school, he organised the first student parliament, and after graduating from Utrecht University with a degree in law and international relations in 1975, wanted to be a journalist or politician.

On graduation, he decided to immediately undertake his National Service with the Royal Netherlands Army, where he founded the Algemene Vereniging Nederlandse Militairen (General Association of Dutch soldiers), a union that existed until 1996.

On leaving the army, to enable him to continue his work with the trade union, he joined a subsidiary of ITT Corporation because it gave him time to sit on a Dutch state committee to reform the army. His first promotion came after he headed to the European Union Parliament in Brussels to protest about the company's alleged role in the overthrow of Salvador Allende's government in Chile - ITT responded by making him its Netherlands public relations chief.

In 1988 Verwaayen became a director of PTT Telecom, the state-owned Dutch telecoms group that was a forerunner of today's KPN; and then appointed a board member of Lucent Technologies in 1997, moving to the United Sates. A committed Anglophile, he was CEO of BT. During his time there, he was also a board member for Dutch television production company Endemol, and chaired the Confederation of British Industry committee on climate change.

After standing down from BT on 1 June 2008 when Ian Livingston took over, he was speculated to pursue a career in Dutch politics. On September 2, 2008 the Alcatel-Lucent board of directors appointed Verwaayen as the company’s chief executive officer, succeeding Patricia Russo. In March 2009 he forwent a €520,000 cash bonus after a pay freeze had been imposed on staff and a loss-making 2008.

During his military service, Verwaayen founded the Algemene Vereniging Nederlandse Militairen (General Association of Dutch soldiers), a union that existed until 1996.

Verwaayen has been a long time member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. He sat in its executive for ten years, and also contributed to its election programme for the 2006 Dutch elections. At various times, he was linked with a Cabinet position.

Verwaayen has received various honorary awards and has been made Officier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (Netherlands), Honorary knight of the British Empire KBE (United Kingdom) and Chevalier de la Légion d 'Honneur (France).

Married to Helena, the couple have two children. They currently reside in Paris, but had a family home is Haslemere, Surrey where Verwaayen hosted a party in summer 2008, attended by 1,300 guests including former Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin, UK government ministers Stephen Twigg and John Denham. Tennis playing Verwaayen put on a celebrity tennis match between John Lloyd and Ilie Nastase; and is also a fan of Arsenal F.C..

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Lucent Technologies

Lucent Technologies

Lucent Technologies was a technology company composed of what was formerly AT&T Technologies, which included Western Electric and Bell Labs. It was spun off from AT&T on September 30, 1996.

Lucent merged with Alcatel SA of France to form Alcatel-Lucent on December 1, 2006.

One of the primary reasons AT&T chose to spin off its equipment manufacturing business was to permit it to profit from sales to competing telecommunications providers; these customers had previously shown reluctance to purchase from a direct competitor. Bell Labs brought prestige to the new company, as well as the revenue from thousands of patents.

At the time of its spinoff, Lucent was placed under the leadership of Henry Schacht, who was brought in to oversee its transition from an arm of AT&T into an independent corporation. Richard McGinn succeeded Schacht as CEO in 1997. Lucent became a "darling" stock of the investment community in the late 1990s, rising from a split-adjusted spinoff price of $7.56/share to a high of $84. However, on January 6, 2000, Lucent made the first of a string of announcements that it had missed its quarterly estimates, and when it was later revealed that it had used dubious accounting and sales practices to generate some of its earlier quarterly numbers, Lucent fell from grace. By October 2002, when its stock price bottomed at 55 cents per share, Henry Schacht had been brought back on an interim basis to replace McGinn. In 1999, Lucent acquired Ascend Communications, an Alameda, California-based manufacturer of communications equipment for US$24 billion. Lucent held discussions to acquire Juniper Networks but decided instead to build its own routers internally.

In April 2000, Lucent sold its Consumer Products unit to VTech & Consumer Phone Services. In October 2000, Lucent spun off its Business Systems arm into Avaya, Inc., and in June 2002, it spun off its microelectronics division into Agere Systems.

In 2002, Lucent began making significant cuts to the health care and retirement benefits of many of its 125,000 retirees. Although Lucent contends these and future cuts are necessary for its survival, they have nevertheless spawned several lawsuits and generated a continuing flow of negative publicity in the media.

Today Lucent has 30,500 employees, down from about 165,000 employees at its zenith. Lucent is active in the areas of telephone switching, optical, data and wireless networking. Patricia Russo was named Chairman and CEO, succeeding Schacht, who remains on the Board of Directors.

On April 2, 2006, Lucent announced a merger agreement with Alcatel, which is 1.5 times the size of Lucent. Ms. Russo served as CEO of the newly merged company, Alcatel-Lucent, until she was ousted in 2008.

Lucent was named one of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" in 2004 by Working Mother magazine.

The Murray Hill anechoic chamber, built in 1940, is the world's oldest wedge-based anechoic chamber. The interior room measures approximately 30 feet (9.1 m) high by 28 feet (8.5 m) wide by 32 feet (9.8 m) deep. The exterior concrete and brick walls are about 3 feet (0.91 m) thick to keep outside noise from entering the chamber. The chamber absorbs over 99.995% of the incident acoustic energy above 200 Hz. At one time the Murray Hill chamber was cited in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's quietest room. It is possible to hear the sounds of bone joints and heart beats very prominently.

The Murray Hill facility is currently the global headquarters for Lucent Technologies. The Murray Hill facility also has the largest copper-roof in the world. When Lucent Technologies was experiencing financial troubles in 2000 and 2001, one out of every three fluorescent lights was turned off in the facility. The same was done in the Naperville facilities for a while. The facility has a cricket field and nearby, features a station from which enthusiasts can control RC airplanes and helicopters.

According to its SEC filing, In April 2004 Lucent fired its president, COO, a marketing executive and a finance manager at its China operations for FCPA violations. These violations were uncovered through internal investigations triggered by the (unrelated) US DOJ and SEC probe into possible Lucent's FCPA violations in Saudi Arabia.

The Lucent logo, the Innovation Ring , was designed by Landor Associates, a prominent San Francisco-based branding consultancy. One source inside Lucent says that the logo is actually a Zen Buddhist symbol for "eternal truth", the Enso, turned 90 degrees and modified. Another source says it represents the mythic ouroboros, a snake holding its tail in its mouth. Lucent's logo also has been said to represent constant re-creating and re-thinking.

After the logo was compared in the media to the ring a coffee mug leaves on paper, a Dilbert comic strip showed Dogbert as an overpaid consultant designing a new company logo; he takes a piece of paper that his coffee cup was sitting on and calls it the "Brown Ring of Quality".

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Motive, Inc

Motive, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOTV.PK; previously known as Motive Communications) is a software manufacturer founded in May 1997 and headquartered in Austin, Texas.

On June 17, 2008, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Motive through a cash tender offer for all outstanding Motive shares at a price of USD 2.23 per share, representing a value of approximately USD 67.8 million.

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