Alcatel-Lucent makes equipment that connects communications networks around the world. The company’s core network products unit makes network switching and transmission systems for wireline and wireless networks, terrestrial and submarine optical systems, microwave radio products, and fixed-access gear. Its access segment focuses on wireless and fixed access equipment for broadband services that provide systems with high-speed and high capacity. It provides customers with services ranging from application and systems integration to managed services and maintenance.
The formation of Alcatel-Lucent in 2006 created the world’s first truly global communications solutions provider, with the most complete, end-to-end portfolio of solutions and services in the industry. Alcatel-Lucent combined 2 entities — Alcatel and Lucent Technologies — which shared a common lineage dating back to 1986, the year Alcatel’s parent company, CGE (la Compagnie Générale d’Electricité), acquired ITT’s European telecom business. Nearly 60 years earlier, ITT had purchased most of AT&T’s manufacturing operations outside the United States. Lucent Technologies was spun off from AT&T.