New kinds of managed services are on Alcatel-Lucent’s agenda for 2009, said Andy Williams, president of Alcatel-Lucent Services Business Group.
Currently, Alcatel has good traction for its services in the Asia-Pacific and Europe regions, so the networking company will increase its focus on North America next year.
Types of services that Alcatel wants to increase include managed capacity, such as application hosting and network expansion; professional services, such as mobile TV and video; and network integration, which includes energy efficiency and multivendor maintenance.
Alcatel may look for acquisitions and partnerships in other areas of service expansion for 2009, such as application architectures, inventory management and services for public utility companies, Williams said.
Success in the U.S. market will probably come from various parts of the Tier 1 carriers, rather than any wholesale outsourcing, because such companies are already large enough to have economies of scale, he noted.
Also on Alcatel’s list is the reshaping of its LTE development partnership with NEC. The deal was originally planned as a joint venture, but is being scaled back to a series of joint development deals, company officials said.