& cplSiteName &

Alcatel-Lucent to Transfer 4G Engineers

Ray Le Maistre
1/15/2014
50%
50%

The latest phase in Alcatel-Lucent's "Shift Plan" was revealed early Wednesday with the news that the vendor is transferring around 170 of its 4G LTE research engineers to a new entity being created by French engineering consultancy Altran. (See Alcatel-Lucent Forges 4G Partnership With Altran, Alcatel-Lucent to Cut 10,000 Jobs, and Alcatel-Lucent Unveils Shift Plan.)

Altran, which has been working with AlcaLu for about 15 years on R&D projects, is creating a new unit dedicated to the development of as yet unspecified 4G products and R&D services, which will be offered to the broad market and not just to Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU).

Altran will take on 170 of the 250 AlcaLu 4G engineers who are based at Orvault in the west of France. Alcatel-Lucent would not disclose what type of R&D role those engineers currently play and said it could not discuss the impact the transfer would have on its staff operating costs. The vendor is meeting with French unions today to discuss the timing of the transfer.

Once the transfer takes place, Alcatel-Lucent says it will seek to work with the Altran unit on 4G developments, but there are no guarantees around the level or nature of those activities.

Alcatel-Lucent is under pressure not to cut jobs in France as it lowers its cost base and slims down its portfolio: Transferring staff to a partner will at least guarantee those employees continued employment, which AlcaLu may not have been able to provide. (See Euronews: French Fury at AlcaLu Layoffs .)

— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
DOShea
50%
50%
DOShea,
User Rank: Blogger
1/15/2014 | 9:19:24 PM
Outsourcing
A lot more companies are outsourcing product development these days, and ALU might see benefits beyond saving costs and jobs, like possibly speedier time-to-market on specific projects.
Ray@LR
50%
50%
Ray@LR,
User Rank: Blogger
1/15/2014 | 9:22:37 AM
I hope things are clearer for the engineers affected
It took a while to figure out exactly what's going on with this 'partnership' -- essentially it looks like a way to protect the employment of some staff that might have fallen victim to the ongoing job cuts, so that's a good thing, but let's hope the situation is clear 9and favorable!) for the 170 engineers that will no longer work for ALU.
Featured Video
From The Founder
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
October 18, 2017, Colorado Convention Center - Denver, CO
November 1, 2017, The Royal Garden Hotel
November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, UK
November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue – London
November 10, 2017, The Westin Times Square, New York, NY
November 16, 2017, ExCel Centre, London
November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
May 14-17, 2018, Austin Convention Center
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
The Revolution Will Be Automated
Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 10/10/2017
The Big Cable DAA Update
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 10/11/2017
Is US Lurching Back to Monopoly Status?
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 10/16/2017
Telecom Italia Covers 73% of Italy With NB-IoT
Iain Morris, News Editor, 10/13/2017
DT: Brutal Automation Is Only Way to Succeed
Iain Morris, News Editor, 10/10/2017
Animals with Phones
Hunt & Peck Click Here
Giving new meaning to hunt-and-peck typing!
Latest Comment
Live Digital Audio

Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.

During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.

She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed