The combined companies expect annual revenues of more than a billion, but security concerns have U.S. senators asking questions.
Lucent and Alcatel have agreed to merge to create a telecom equipment company with sales of just over $25 billion. Alcatel, based in France, would control 60% of the shares in the combined operation, and an independent entity would oversee sensitive contracts with the U.S. government.
But nothing's for sure. Some U.S. senators last week were still asking questions about the deal.
2014 Next-Gen WAN SurveyWhile 68% say demand for WAN bandwidth will increase, just 15% are in the process of bringing new services or more capacity online now. For 26%, cost is the problem. Enter vendors from Aryaka to Cisco to Pertino, all looking to use cloud to transform how IT delivers wide-area connectivity.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?