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Case Title:

Alcatel’s Acquisition of Nortel: The Strategic Fit

Publication Year : 2007

Authors: Supriyo Bose, Kumar Satyaki Ray

Industry: Engineering, Electrical and Electronics

Region:France

Case Code: MAA0130K

Teaching Note: Not Available

Structured Assignment: Not Available

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Abstract:

In order to strengthen its presence in the global market and expand its leadership in broadband access, Alcatel, one of the leading global suppliers of high-tech equipment for telecommunications networks, decided to acquire the UMTS radio access business of Nortel Networks Corporation (Nortel) for $320 million in September 2006. With the sale of the UMTS business, Nortel also aimed to simplify its business and focus on other key businesses where it anticipated higher return on investments.

The case offers scope to discuss the synergies of the merger and the probable pay offs.

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To understand the telecommunication market
  • To analyse the rising importance of Broadband access
  • To discuss the core competence of Alcatel and Nortel
  • To analyse the probable synergies between Alcatel and Nortel.

Keywords : Mergers,Acquisitions,Alliances Case Study;Alcatel; Nortel; Acquisition; UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System); GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications); CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access); 3G (Third Generation); VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol); Broadband; UTRAN (UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access Network); Telecommunications network; Win-win deal; Big initiative; Six Sigma

Contents : 
Expected Synergies from the Alcatel-Nortel Deal
Alcatel: The end-to-end solutions provider
Alcatel’s Organisation
Global Shipments of Mobile Phones with CDMA2000 Technology
Evolution of Superior Mobile Technologies

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