Nokia & Alcatel-Lucent: What's Going On?

There's a lot to take in regarding the planned combination of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent – here's a quick guide to our coverage.

April 15, 2015

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Nokia & Alcatel-Lucent: What's Going On?

Nokia didn't hang around once it revealed early Tuesday that it was talking with Alcatel-Lucent about the creation of a mega-vendor: On Wednesday morning it unveiled the details of its €15.6 billion (US$16.6 billion) all-stock takeover bid for its Franco-American peer.

So what's going on? Light Reading has analyzed the ins and outs of this deal during the past two days -- here's a guide to what you need to know.

If the deal closes, the Finnish giant is going to swallow Alcatel-Lucent, proceed under the Nokia name only as from next year, and build a future based on scale, fixed/mobile integration, cloud/virtualization capabilities, IoT and 5G investments and a broad range of professional services targeted at communications service providers (CSPs).

There's a lot to consider, so when the two companies announced on Tuesday they were in talks, we looked at the history of the negotiations, how the companies stack up in terms of their financials and geographic spread and the main challenges they face in trying to pull together two large organizations.

We also asked a number of industry analysts for their views, analyzed the move in a video interview and penned a haiku!

There will be plenty more to come, especially as the integration plans emerge and the French government takes a close look at the plans. Watch out for more coverage.

— Ray Le Maistre, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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