Lucent spin-off Avaya Inc. will take over many government networking contracts

Lucent spin-off Avaya Inc. will take over many government networking contracts

Lucent Technologies Inc. is spinning off its Enterprise Networks Group to concentrate the parent company's efforts on fast-growing optical networking and Internet infrastructure business.

Nancy Lamberton, vice president of sales and marketing for Lucent's government solutions business, will head the government division of Avaya Inc., which will handle all LAN and WAN hardware, software and service operations.

Contracts that will move to Avaya include General Services Administration schedule contracts; VIVID, the Navy's $2.9 billion Voice, Video and Data program for telecommunications hardware, software and services; and the Army's Digital Switched Systems Modernization Program.

The new entity's headquarters will be in Basking Ridge, N.J., and the government division will be in Washington.

Officials of Lucent of Murray Hill, N.J., said they expect the spin-off to be completed by Sept. 30. Lucent shareholders will receive stock in the new $8 billion company.

Although most of Lucent's government solutions work moves to Avaya'including voice and data switching products, the Cajun Campus LAN switch family and WAN products'the Bell Labs division and advanced R&D will remain with Lucent. So will the large 5ESS telecommunications switch, which is used in some government installations.

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