Following a weakening in demand for second-generation mobile equipment, Alcatel-Lucent said that revenues fell 11% year-on-year, at constant currencies, to 3.89 billion euros in the third quarter. The Paris-based company said it continues to expect the global telecommunications equipment and related services market to be down between 8% and 12% at constant currency in 2009.
France Telecom-Orange has selected Alcatel-Lucent for an LTE field trial in Paris in both FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) and TDD (Time Division Duplex) modes. To date, 16 operators have selected Alcatel-Lucent's LTE solution for trials.
Boosted by rising sales to operators, Alcatel-Lucent's applications software revenue rose 16% year-on-year, at constant currencies, to 286 million euros in the third quarter. But the company said rich communications, which includes messaging and IMS had a softer quarter, after a strong first half, but "its prospects remain very solid given recent wins in IMS, especially in China and in the US."
source: Alcatel-Lucent statement