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www.alcatel-lucent.com / U.S. HQ: Murray Hill, N.J. / Employees (worldwide): 78,000 / Specialty: Communications network infrastructure equipment and technology / Nick DeTura, vice president: “We want our manufacturing processes to be totally transparent to the customer.”
Behind the Signal
alcatel-lucent provides the network equipment that keeps smartphones so smart. by jim harris
Most smartphone users focus on the device they hold in their hand, not giving a second thought to the network that makes the services and applications they rely on for communications and entertainment possible. Enabling the network infrastructure behind smartphones requires technical expertise on a global scale, which is exactly what Alcatel-Lucent prides itself in providing to customers. The company, which formed in 2006 after the merger of Alcatel and Lucent Technologies, is a worldwide leader in communications and networking technology. AlcatelLucent’s worldwide headquarters is in Paris, with U.S. operations based out of Murray Hill, N.J. The company operates in more than 130 countries. “We are committed to making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible, and pursuing our vision to realize the potential of a connected world – delivering the innovation our customers need to stay ahead, evolve, become radically more efficient and move at the speed of ideas,” Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics Nick DeTura says. Alcatel-Lucent’s customers include many of the world’s leading wireless and wireline service providers, including AT&T, China Mobile, NTT, Verizon, BT and Telefonica. Products include routing and
alcatel-lucent’s customers include many of the world’s leading wireless and wireline service providers.
switching equipment for carrier networks as well as wireless base stations, optical network terminals, radio access equipment, network controllers and backhaul equipment. “Clearly, quality and reliability are huge issues for us because our customers’ business depends on their networks, and for so many of our customers’ customers, a reliable communications system is critical to their business, as well,” Corporate Media Relations Director Mary Ward notes. “Networks are complex and requirements change as
demand for broadband and wireless services change. Consequently, we produce a full range of equipment that wireless and wireline service providers need for their networks.” Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost research organizations and Alcatel-Lucent’s research engine, developed much of the company’s technology. “While Bell Labs is a fundamental engine of research at Alcatel-Lucent, innovation is a widely distributed and core activity of the company as a whole,” DeTura says.
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