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Lucent Acquiring Internet Phone Provider Telica

Murray Hill, N. J. (AP) -- Lucent Technologies has agreed to buy Telica, a privately held Internet phone service provider, for about $295 million in stock and options, the telecommunications giant announced Monday.

The acquisition of Marlboro, Mass.-based Telica is expected to strengthen Lucent's Accelerate portfolio, which helps service providers deliver voice, data and multimedia services, such as streaming video, to subscribers over wireless and wireline networks.

Lucent also expects the deal to bolster its ability to bridge next-generation and existing networks for its wireline and wireless customers.

Marketed under the PLUS brand name, Telica products include Plexus 9000 Media Gateway, PLUS Signaling Gateway and PLUS Media Gateway Controller. The products will be marketed and sold under Lucent's Accelerate portfolio.

"With market conditions stabilizing, we felt the time was right to make this strategic acquisition to complement our internal development at Bell Labs," said Bill O'Shea, Lucent's executive vice president of corporate strategy and business development.

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