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Alcatel, Draka to combine fiber-optic cable businesses

Posted: 12 Feb 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:alcatel? draka? optical fiber? communication cable? copper telecommunication?

Alcatel and Draka have announced their intention to combine their global optical fiber and communication cable businesses into a jointly owned company. It is agreed that Draka would own 50.1 percent of the new company and Alcatel the remaining 49.9 percent.

The new company is expected to have a comprehensive product portfolio across fiber and fiber cable, addressing the full range of telecommunication and data communication applications. The product portfolio would also include a comprehensive copper telecommunication and data communication cable product range.

"With this announcement, we are making another important step in our strategy to focus on communication solutions. As part of this strategy, Alcatel is playing an active role in fostering the necessary consolidation of the fiber and fiber cable industry. This proposed transaction will allow Alcatel to benefit from an improved fiber cable capability in its FTTH activity, thereby further strengthening its leading offering in broadband access. The proposed combination of Alcatel's and Draka's assets will also generate substantial technical and industrial synergies," said Olivier Houssin, EVP of Alcatel.

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