← Lucent’s switch set a new record by becoming the only switch in the history of the ARMIS (Automatic Reporting Management and Information System) Report that has achieved six 9s availability per switch, per year for five straight years. It recorded the best reliability performance of any switch ever, improved by over 22 percent from the previous year (1999), and Lucent is the only switch supplier whose product has been improving consistently over the past few years. (Lucent Widens, 2000) ← The 5ESS Switch is the most widely deployed switch in the world, providing service in 66 countries around the world and serving for next-generation networks based on packet technology. (5ESS Switch, 2002) ← Lucent maintained its NO.1 position in worldwide universal port shipments for the sixth consecutive quarter by capturing 48% market share for the second quarter calendar 2002. (Lucent Technologies Continues, 2002) ← Metropolis (R) DMX (metro optical networking products) has been deployed with more than 35 customers and recently received the “Best Telecom Equipment” award at UTC Telecom 2002, the world’s largest utility telecom technology tradeshow. (Lucent Technologies Optical, 2002) ← Lucent power systems business has been ranked No. 1 in worldwide and North American sales of power supplies for 1999 by Micro-Tech Consultants, a market research firm specializing in the power supplies industry -the first and only U.S. manufacturer to be awarded the Deming Prize for Quality. (Micro-Tech Ranks, 2000) ← The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Network Systems quality processes in its Transmission Systems division. The Deming Prize for quality in the Power Systems business of Network Products Group. Two Shingo Prizes for high-quality production processes at our Microelectronics Group manufacturing sites in Orlando and Dallas. (Lucent Company Information, 2002) ← Proprietary technology and technical expertise enhance ability to meet demands of large national and multinational companies. Bell Labs is the leading source of new communications technologies. It has generated more than 28,000 patents since 1925 and has played a pivotal role in inventing or perfecting key communications technologies. Bell Labs scientists have received six Nobel Prizes in Physics, nine U.S. Medals of Science and eight U.S. Medals of Technology. (Lucent Company Information, 2002) ← Completed the industry's first high-speed data call on commercial third-generation (3G) Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) wireless equipment - World leadership in CDMA wireless networks, number one in service-level management software. (Lucent Technologies Completes, 2002) ← Lucent have strong relationships and brand name with most of the large service providers in the U.S., as well as many large service providers outside the U.S. (Lucent Technologies Financial Review, 2001) ← Alliances and joint ventures link Lucent's innovative communications technology and expertise with partners' complimentary products, services and support (Lucent Company Information, 2002) ← Realigning business around customer focused two units: Integrated Network Solutions unit, Mobility Solutions unit to target wireless service providers - orient product lines, R&D, sales, marketing, supply chain and services to meet the worlds largest service providers. (Lucent Technologies Financial Review 2001) ← Wide geographic coverage of enterprise and service provider markets include Asia Pacific, Caribbean and Latin America, China, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Canada and United States. (Lucent Company Information, 2002) Weaknesses
← Weak leadership direction and strategic direction (Rosenbush, S., 2001) ← Trailing rivals in getting products to market first - loosing first to market advantage (Rosenbush, S., 2001) ← Weak balance sheet -Heavy debt burden $7 billion - Standard & Poors rating downgraded from B-plus to B (Junk) and stock drops...