Alcatel-Lucent cuts 1,000 more jobs

Alcatel-Lucent will lay off 1,000 more workers in an attempt to turn the company around.


Alcatel-Lucent will lay off 1,000 more workers in an attempt to turn the company around.

Enterprise and service provider gear as well as selected vertical markets will receive the most attention, the company announced Friday as it tries to regain profitability. The company had a net loss of 40 million Euros (£36 million) last quarter.

The company says it will develop products in these areas to support use of the Internet by fixed and mobile devices, ensure QoS, privacy and the integrity of billing for Web services.

In a broad description of its strategy, the company said it will strive to create an open architecture on which Web 2.0 applications can run. "We want to stimulate a sustainable business model for the industry that will fuel innovation and the capital investment required to expand the overall web experience to more people and businesses," and said it will partner to do so.

In addition to the 1,000 white-collar layoffs, Alcatel-Lucent will terminate half of its 10,000 consultants in an effort to create nearly $1 billion (£667 million) in savings over the next year.

Other product areas that will be trimmed are its CDMA 1x and GSM wireless gear, as well as ATM, ADSL and DLC. It will cut back in expenses for WiMAX, CPE, traditional core carrier infrastructure, non-IMS based carrier gear and some legacy applications.

In addition the company will narrow its R&D efforts to optical, IP, broadband and applications enablement in a further attempt to save.

The company already announced plans to reorganise its structure, creating a carrier product group, a services group, an applications software group and an enterprise product group. At the time it made that announcement, the company also named four presidents to run the groups. It also announced another half dozen replacements for other executives to take effect 1 January.

The company says it hopes only to break even next year, returning to profitability in 2010.

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