With its core equipment business being hit hard, Alcatel-Lucent has turned increasingly to its specialized-communications-systems service, which is expected to be one of the few positive performers in the company's Tuesday quarterly earnings report. The services unit will branch out beyond its current client base in building private communications systems for government, transportation and security agencies.
In an interview, Reed Hundt, the FCC chairman under President Bill Clinton, discussed the status of his new company's plans to build a national emergency-communications network and opined on a wide range of telecom and broadband issues.
Verizon Communications will pump $200 million into its Massachusetts operation, earmarking the funds for expanding its FiOS Internet and video services as well as widening its broadband universe in the state, the company said.
Alcatel-Lucent and Research in Motion are rolling out a prepaid option for BlackBerry users that will keep track of minutes used in real time. Alcatel-Lucent is offering the service to operators as part of its push into managed-communications services.