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Channel Ponders Lucent-Alcatel Merger

Alcatel’s planned merger with Lucent Technologies should boost awareness of the Paris-based company in North America, but some partners question the future of the channel at the combined outfit.

Alcatel and Murray Hill, N.J.-based Lucent last week announced the $13.4 billion stock deal. Lucent Chairman and CEO Patricia Russo will become the CEO of the combined company, which will have approximately $25 billion in revenue. Alcatel Chairman and CEO Serge Tchuruk will become non-executive chairman.

The companies are not yet providing details on how the proposed merger would impact their channel strategies, an Alcatel spokesperson said.

With Lucent’s focus on wireless service provider equipment, the merger ups Alcatel’s ante in the carrier infrastructure market.

Several solution providers said they expect the merger’s impact on their Alcatel enterprise business to be positive and that it does not likely signal diminished focus on Alcatel’s enterprise efforts.

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