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Alcatel-Lucent hives off unit to Infosys Technologies

World’s largest maker of fixed-line networks Alcatel-Lucent is planning to hive off one of its R&D units to Indian IT major Infosys by the end of August this year, according to a report published in a business daily.

According to the news report, earlier this month, employees working with Alcatel-Lucent’s `Mature R&D’ division in Chennai were informed of the divestment.

Presently the division has close to 591 employees that work in the area of testing. Of these, while approximately 175 are based out of India, the rest of the employees are spread across in France (59), Germany (72), Romania (101), Morocco (22), Egypt (10) and China (152), says the report.

The employees have been told that they will be working with Infosys for a period of 18 months after which the IT major can take a decision on their further retention.

Alcatel-Lucent is said to be considering both outsourcing and divestment of its non-core areas. In an email sent to its employees, dated June 18, the company said: “Negotiations are on going with three potential partners: HCL, Infosys and Wipro. The outsourcing project currently concerns E10/MGC 10 and S12/MGC 12 (the R&D division). Areas not involved are: the regional front office, product management, the technical interface teams, purchasing and supply chains.”

The email was reportedly sent by the company after a European committee meeting.

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