The Australian operations of networking
equipment vendors Alcatel and Lucent have declined to comment for now on the local
implications of the companies' US$33 billion merger.
"We expect to be able to comment later this week," a
spokesperson for Lucent said.
A spokesperson for Alcatel expressed similar sentiments,
saying the companies' global statement best represented the
The merger, announced over the weekend, will create the world's second-largest networking equipment vendor, behind Cisco Systems. The new entity will be headquartered in Paris, France.
Globally, the companies said the merger would lead to "the
cutting of around 8,800 of the companies' 88,000 combined
Alcatel is believed to have around 1,000 employees in
Australia, with around 30 engaged in the company's enterprise
networking division and a large number of software engineers
concentrated in Sydney. Lucent's local operations are believed to be significantly
A key account for Alcatel in Australia is Telstra, while
Lucent customers include Powertel