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phaek.bob
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phaek.bob,
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12/4/2013 | 7:15:42 PM
Let's all rush out and buy their stock!
You know, because when a company announces a huge layoff - it's not that they've SO BADLY MISMANAGED THEIR COMPANY that they've been forced to lay people off - it's that they're DOING SOMETHING.

 

Instead of firing the jackwagons who were FAILING - no, they fire the workers, give themselves bonuses, and then continue to run the company into the ground, and you greedy stockholders don't give a rat's furry behind because your stocks went up.  For a bit.  Before they crashed. 

But oh - the next company that has to fire most of its staff will be completely different, won't it?
phaek.bob
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phaek.bob,
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12/4/2013 | 7:11:29 PM
"Shift Plan restructuring program"
Shift Plan restructuring program - also known as the STEAL THE EMPLOYEE'S PENSION FUNDS, FIRE MOST OF THEM, OUTSOURCE THE JOBS OUT OF THE U.S. AND DEFINITELY INCREASE THE MILLIONS IN BONUSES TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD program.

It's the Republiturd Way, ya know!
macster
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10/10/2013 | 3:48:32 PM
Re: Mobile portfolio clarfication
"Let's hope this all works out - the industry doesn't need another major casualty. It's bad enough that so many are losing their jobs."

Couldn't have worded it better. I wonder how this impacts that "industry positiveness" survey, that recent article?

 
sam masud
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10/9/2013 | 2:24:45 PM
Re: Will these steps be good enough for ALU to turn around ?
Yup, that's how these guys and their pals (Cisco) do things. You say cynicism, they say market realism. I say incompetence.
Ray@LR
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10/9/2013 | 6:25:56 AM
Re: Innovation
THis is just my view.... 

 

The company ius certainly onto something with lightRadio but that's not enough - it has lost ground in terms of scale and entrenched deployment compared with its main rivals because it dithered for so long over its technology and product portfolio choices - it lost the plot in 3G and that has hampered its broader 4G potential.

the reason people have, a number of times, considered NSN and ALU to be a decent fit, on paper, is that NSN has the mobile portfolio that could really complement the rest of ALU's business.

So ALU has innovation, for sure, but its post-merger diddling in mobile really weakened its position. 

I'm more than happy to have folk come on this message thread and tell me I am wrong about this, but....

 

 
DOShea
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10/8/2013 | 8:33:45 PM
Innovation
I thought there was some consensus that with lightRadio AlcaLu was returning to its innovative roots. Is the broader corporate restructuring a step backward for innovation? I know it will be distracting, but the recruitment of the new jobs in France and how they will be deployed makes it sound like maybe not.
RolfSperber
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10/8/2013 | 1:40:15 PM
Re: Will these steps be good enough for ALU to turn around ?
You are perfectly right! As a former AlcaLu employee I am fully aware of the flab the company built up. They always kept those administering the administration of the administration and laid off technical experts. The fact that they are going to cut 15,000 jobs and create 5,000 new ones is just cynical. Among those 15,000 there is enough know how to cover the requirements of future IP centric networks. For my former colleagues I do hope that AlcaLu will survive.
Ray@LR
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10/8/2013 | 11:34:12 AM
Is ALU + NSN still a topic of debate I wonder?
Just going to hammer home my point made here

ALU + NSN: A Reality Check


http://www.lightreading.com/author.asp?section_id=252&doc_id=705826

 

I trust that all thoughts of bringing together one large cmpmany that has just survived a massive restructuring with a company about to undergo open heart surgery will now be put to rest.
Carol Wilson
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10/8/2013 | 8:48:23 AM
Re: Mobile portfolio clarfication
The clear messaging piece is essential - I agree, Ray. When major players are going through these painful transitions, they become too internally focused and customers aren't often treated well -- and by that I mean given a clear  understanding of what is going to happen. That, of course, creates an information vacuum, which competitors are more than happy to fill.

Another Nortel-style disaster, the death of a thousand cuts, helps no one.
Ray@LR
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10/8/2013 | 6:28:27 AM
Mobile portfolio clarfication
What ALcatel-Lucent really needs is full clarification of its mobile network technology portfolio. Sure it's developing small cells etc but what does it have RIGHT NOW in terms of RAN, backhaul and packet core options?

 

And I wonder what these moves will do to customer confidence in the company? Info on the fate of its legacy portfolio needs to be hitting the streets right now.

 

Let's hope this all works out - the industry doesn't need another major casualty. It's bad enough that so many are losing their jobs.

 
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