Light Reading

Alcatel-Lucent Could Exit 25% of Services Deals

Ray Le Maistre
7/26/2012
50%
50%
Repost This

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), which today reported a second-quarter net loss of €254 million (US$309 million), is to review a quarter of its 68 managed services deals as it looks to exit unprofitable contracts as part of its new cost-cutting program and claw the company back into the black. (See Alcatel-Lucent to Cut 5,000 Jobs.)

During today's second-quarter earnings conference call, CFO Paul Tufano noted that 25 percent of AlcaLu's current 68 managed services deals will either be renegotiated, exited or not renewed when the initial contract period expires, and that 15 deals are already under review.

He also noted that "many" of the deals under review are set to be up for renewal between now and the end of 2013. The ones under the greatest scrutiny are those heavily focused on network maintenance.

Currently, AlcaLu's managed services contracts deliver annual revenues of €1 billion (US$1.23 billion) and engage 14,000 of its staff. The CFO noted on the call that annual managed services revenues could fall by as much as €300 million ($369 million) and that any jobs that are transferred or lost as a result of AlcaLu cutting the number of managed services contracts it handles would be additional to the 5,000 job cuts announced today.

AlcaLu isn't the only vendor to realize it needs to be more picky about its services deals: Nokia Solutions and Networks is also being more selective about its managed services contracts and has already extracted itself from a major deal in Brazil. (See page 2 of the multi-page interview, NSN's Rajeev Suri: Restructuring, Research & Resilience .)

Geographic focus
The vendor currently conducts business in 130 countries but 96 percent of its revenues come from the top 60 markets and those are the markets AlcaLu is going to focus on, while many of the remainder will be exited. "We can't be in the bottom 40 markets that [deliver] 1 percent of the revenues," stated CEO Ben Verwaayen, who noted that the process of quitting countries will be "painful" but necessary.

In an associated move, the company has also outlined plans to use sales channels, rather than deal with customers direct, in some as yet unidentified countries.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
mathon
50%
50%
mathon,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:26:03 PM
re: Alcatel-Lucent Could Exit 25% of Services Deals


I think this is a right decision. Doing business is to earn money. It has nothing to do with being picky. Or in another way, "being picky" is the essence of "business".


The only thing that I am not for is the time, why make this decision when reporting net loss? Why can't announce this decision at another time? In this way, it shows that ALU is more reactive instead of being proactive about its business.


 


One Ex-ALUer

JasonMarcheck
50%
50%
JasonMarcheck,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:25:58 PM
re: Alcatel-Lucent Could Exit 25% of Services Deals


Agree on the timing issue. This is not a new strategy for ALU. They've been indicating that they are going to pursure this strategy going back at least as far as MWC'12.  But, by talking about it now, it does seem like a reaction to the financials instead of the business decision that it is.

Flash Poll
LRTV Custom TV
Wind River Demonstrates Carrier-Grade Software for NFV

4|22|14   |   5:00   |   (0) comments


Wind River VP of Product Management, Glenn Seiler, takes a look the industry's first and only complete NFV software platform designed specifically for the unique carrier-grade and high-performance needs of telecom networks.
LRTV Documentaries
Cable Eyes Big Technology Shifts

4|16|14   |   03:02   |   (4) comments


US cable engineers are facing a lot of heavy lifting in the coming years, notes Light Reading Cable/Video Practice Leader Alan Breznick.
LRTV Custom TV
Maximizing Customer Experience & Assuring Service Delivery in an IP World

4|15|14   |   4:57   |   (0) comments


Steven Shalita, VP of Marketing, NetScout Systems, Inc., discusses the challenges cable/MSO operators face in assuring the delivery of new IP-based services. Key points include the value of proactively managing performance, and using rich analytics and operational intelligence to better understand service and usage trends, make smarter business decisions and ...
LRTV Documentaries
Bye-Bye DVD: Consumers Embrace Digital Video

4|10|14   |   04:17   |   (7) comments


Veteran video analyst Colin Dixon, founder and principal analyst of nScreenMedia, says research shows 56% are using digital video already.
LRTV Documentaries
Video: TW Cable Puts Multicast Gateways to the Test

4|8|14   |   04:13   |   (1) comment


Tom Gonder, a chief architect at Time Warner Cable, explains how its trial of multicast gateways is impacting IP-based video plans.
LRTV Custom TV
Managing & Monetizing Big Data in Operator Environments

4|7|14   |     |   (1) comment


At Mobile World Congress, Gigamon's Director of Service Provider Solutions, Andy Huckridge, and Heavy Reading Analyst Sarah Wallace discuss the 'big data' issues facing carriers and operators today.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Data Center Energy – Build Your Data Center in a Modular Way

4|7|14   |   2:13   |   (0) comments


Dr. Fang Liangzhou, VP Network Energy Product Line, shared his thoughts about the challenges for data centers during CeBIT 2014.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Agile Network Solution – An Overview of Huawei's Agile Network Solution

4|7|14   |   2:31   |   (0) comments


Ajay Gupta, Director of Product Marketing, Networking Product Line, gives an overview of the Agile Network Solutions during CeBIT 2014.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei’s eLTE Voice Trunking, Video and Data Applied for Railways

4|7|14   |   1:38   |   (0) comments


Gottfried Winter is the Sales Director at Funkwerk, a German specialist in GSM-r terminals and a long-time partner of Huawei. At CeBIT 2014, Winter talks to Light Reading about this partnership and the integration of enhanced voice trunking, video and data functions.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
LeaseWeb Speaks Highly of Huawei's Datacenter Products

4|7|14   |   1:37   |   (0) comments


Rene Olde Olthof, Operations Director LeaseWeb, talks about the next data center transformation during CeBIT 2014.
LRTV Documentaries
Comcast: Reshaping the Cable Network Architecture

4|3|14   |   07:11   |   (8) comments


Shamim Akhtar, Comcast's architect and senior director of network strategy, explains why the cable company is moving to a more distributed network architecture.
LRTV Custom TV
VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger at Mobile World Congress

4|1|14   |   3:41   |   (0) comments


VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger speaks to Heavy Reading about the value of virtualization spanning from the data center to service provider networks to mobile devices.
Hot Topics
WhatsApp Threatens Carrier VoLTE
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 4/18/2014
The Hungry, Hungry Cloud
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/22/2014
Who's Ready to Play Broadband?
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/21/2014
Volvo: AT&T HSPA+ Can Drive My Car
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 4/16/2014
Report: NFV/SDN Standards 'Myopic' on Service Management
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/16/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed