Alcatel-Lucent 'exploring' sale of enterprise biz


Alcatel-Lucent 'exploring' sale of enterprise biz

Alex Scroxton

Alcatel-Lucent has confirmed it is exploring strategic options to enhance the future of its enterprise business unit, including discussions that may lead to a sale.

The troubled comms vendor, which reports its Q2 numbers next Thursday, held meetings with employee representatives at the Enterprise business yesterday, but said no decision had yet been taken, and there was no certainty that the review would result in any changes.

The Enterprise unit forms a key plank of Alcatel-Lucent's business, employing over 5,000 people and working with over 2,000 business partners.

As part of its focus on applications and services, the firm also announced the creation of a new Software, Services and Solutions business unit yesterday.

The Software, Services and Solutions business, which will be led by EMEA president Adolfo Hernandez.

Former UK government minister and author of the Digital Britain report, Lord Carter, who joined Alcatel-Lucent as chief marketing, strategy and communications officer in March 2010, will replace Hernandez as EMEA president.

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